BLAINE, MN – The hot start for Jimmy Goffredo continues, as the Mount Laurel, NJ native helps lead the Bruins to a 5-3 win over the Danbury Jr. HatTricks.
After taking down the Springfield Jr. Blues last night, Austin set their sights on the Danbury Jr HatTricks, a team they have never faced before. Things would start off on the right foot, as rookie defensemen Jimmy Goffredo would continue his scoring streak, as he would get his 3rd of the week 10:42 into the first period for the Bruins. Bruins Goalie Trent Wiemken wouldn’t see many shots in the first period, as the rookie net-minder from Fargo, ND would appear in his first career NAHL game.
Wasting no time, Goffredo would collect his 4th of the season, 2nd of the game, to give the Bruins a then 2-0 lead just 1:07 into the second period. That 2-0 lead for Austin wouldn’t hold, however, as Nash Jacobsma would get his first of the season while on the Power Play for Danbury to cut the lead in half to 2-1, Austin a little over halfway through the second period. Four minutes late, Walter Zacher would tip one past HatTricks goalie Adam Johnson to give Austin back a two-goal lead going into the third period.
Coming out of the intermission, Danbury would a quick one back from Luka Sukovic to once again pull themselves back within a goal. Dylan Cook would get his first career goal for the Bruins at the 8:45 mark of the third, as the Princeton, MN native would get a shot over the blocker of Johnson to give Austin a 4-2 lead. Not wanting to be outdone, Danbury would once again pull back within one goal, as Sukovic would get his 2nd of the game, this time on the Power Play to make it a 4-3 lead still in favor of Austin. in the final thirty seconds of the game, Austin Salani would secure the win with an empty-net goal to give the Bruins a 5-3 win. Wiemken would stop 7 of the 12 shots he would see on his way to picking up his first career NAHL win.
Up next, the Bruins (3-0-0-0, 6pts) close out the NAHL Showcase tomorrow evening against the Chippewa Steel (3-0-0-0, 6pts). Puck drop for tomorrow night is set for 5:30 PM CST.