BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Bruins needed overtime to secure the win, but for the fifth straight time this season they knocked off division opponent Brookings, this time by a final score of 3-2.
After a scoreless first period, the Bruins struck first in the second off the stick of Ian Mageu. Settled up in the slot, Mageau was able to redirect a wrister sent in by Che Landikusic. The tip beat Blizzard goalie Jack Caruso over the should and gave the Bruins their first lead of the night, 1-0.
Later in the second, the Blizzard would come roaring back with a pair of goals, both on the power play, scored by Kendrick Frost. The goals came at just a minute and 12 seconds apart and it wasn’t until Hugh Larkin leveled the score late in the second period. Gliding up the left wing wall, Larkin rifled a shot that rang both the post and the crossbar before falling down behind the line to tie the game at 2-2. The Bruins have made a habit of scoring late in periods, they notched two goals in Monday’s victory over the Minnesota Wilderness with less than a minute in two of their three periods.
The third period was played much like the first, equally contested and level throughout. Once in the overtime period, the Bruins took the victory with the man-advantage. Dante Sheriff netted his 16th goal of the season when he rotated from the left-wing circle all the way past the slot, sliding a shot through traffic in front and past Caruso. The OT-winner was the second of the season for Sheriff and the Bruins improved to 4-0 during games that ended in the overtime period.
The two teams are back at it again tomorrow night, this time on friendly ice as the Bruins welcome the Blizzard to Austin. Tickets are on sale now at all the Bruins ticket vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 with doors opening at 6:00.