Photo courtesy: Don Boesen, Boesen Photography
AUSTIN, MN – Dawson DiPietro had a goal and two assists, while Robbie Goor got his first home win as the Bruins completed a weekend sweep of the Aberdeen Wings on Saturday night at Riverside Arena by a 5-1 score. The Bruins are now 4-0-0 against Aberdeen this season, with eight more matchups to be played between the two teams. The Bruins sit in sole possession of first place in the Central Division with 33 points – two ahead of Minot.
For the third time in the last four games, the Bruins scored an early first period goal to set the temp. A.J. Drobot dug a puck out of a corner scrum and ripped a shot to the short side of Wings' netminder Gavin Paczosa for an unassisted goal at 1:01. Later in the period, Austin Rueschhoff notched a powerplay goal, burying a rebound from a Dawson DiPietro shot. Marcus Karlstrom added an asisst, his eight point over the last seven games. The score was 2-0 Bruins after one period – the same story as Friday night.
Aberdeen struck quickly in the 2nd to get on the board when Tanner Okeson's shot from the blue line snuck through Goor at 1:32 and cut the lead to 2-1. At 12:50, Michael Piehler found his third goal of the weekend, finishing off an odd man rush set up by Jan Stefka and Evan Cholak. The Bruins led 3-1 after fourty minutes.
Gilbert Gabor made it 4-1 Austin at 7:27 of the third period when he lifted a Paczosa rebound under the cross bar. Derek Olmschenk and DiPietro had assists. DiPietro capped the game off with a shorthanded goal at 9:36, breaking in alone and crossing the crease before putting it over a sprawling Paczosa. Griff Slightam picked up a helper. Robbie Goor improved to 2-0-0 in a Bruins uniform and 8-0-0 between Granite City and Austin.
The Bruins have next weekend off before returning to Riverside Arena to host the Minnesota Wilderness on Friday, December 18th. It will be Teddy Bear Toss night at Riverside. Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to throw onto the ice after the Bruins' first goal to benefit the Salvation Army. Tickets will go on sale Monday at the Bruins' offical vendors: Hy Vee, Jim's Marketplace, Games People Play, and the Holiday Inn and Conference Center.