AUSTIN, MN – Austin Salani’s two goals helped the Bruins to a 6-3 win over the St. Cloud Norsemen on the first game of the weekend home-and-home series.
The Bruins and the Norsemen met Friday Night inside Riverside Arena for the first time since November 6th. Jack Whitmore for light the lamp first for St. Cloud, as the initial shot from Logan Kittleson was tipped-in off the stick of Whitmore past Klayton Knapp to give the Norsemen the early 1-0. Bruins would find themselves on the Kris Heichel Team Powered by Fairway Mortgage Penalty-Kill 14 minutes into the 1st when Anthony Menghini would get a shorthanded break on a pass from Nick Catalano to tie the game up at 1-1 to end the 1st period.
A little over seven minutes would go by until the next tally, which would come from Chase Freiermuth would get his 4th of the season to give St. Cloud a 2-1 lead. In his 5th game back for the Bruins, Walter Zacher, would go coast-to-coast to tie the game up at 2-2. Zacher has at least one point in each game played this season. Matys Brassard would give the Bruins their first lead of the night as Brassard would snipe the puck over the blocker of Ethan Dahlmeir to make it 3-2 going into the 3rd period.
At 9:54 of the 3rd, Austin Salani would pick up his first goal of the night, as he found the rebound of the initial shot from Sutter Muzzatti to give Austin a 4-2 lead. Going for broke, St. Cloud would pull their goalie and elect to go with an extra attacker with 2:43 left to play and would benefit from it, as Evan Murr would pull the Norsemen back within one. St. Cloud would keep their net empty on the other end to try and tie it up, but Salani would find the empty net to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead. Xavier Jean-Louis would seal the deal with an empty-netter of his own, his 1st of the season to give the Bruins a 6-3 win over the Norsemen. Klayton Knapp would pick up his 9th win on the season and would stop 26 of the 29 shots he would face.
Both teams are back at it tomorrow night up in St. Cloud with puck drop set for 7:05 pm.