Second Period Surge Leads Bruins Past Blizzard, 4-2

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Bruins score three goals only two minutes and 10 seconds apart in the second to topple the Blizzard 4-2 at Riverside Arena.

Austin got the scoring started mid-way through the first period when Dante Sheriff found his own rebound and stuffed it into a wide-open net past Brookings netminder George McBey. With the 1-0 lead, the Bruins fell victim to a pair of quick goals by the Blizzard who found the lead by scoring two within fifty seconds of one another.

Out of the locker room in the second, the Bruins tightened up defensively and exploded offensively. Garett Dahm tied things up with his tenth goal of the season on a mini two-on-one in tight. Austin didn’t stop there, as Hugh Larkin scored his fifteenth of the season moments later to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead, and with their foot on the pedal, Sheriff added his second of the night for the insurance goal make it 4-2 in favor of the home team. In total, Austin netted three goals in two minutes and 10 seconds to take a commanding lead over the Blizzard.

The third period proved to be the only scoreless frame of the night as Austin held on to win, 4-2. Kyle McClellan earned his nineteenth win of the year by stopping 20 of 22 Blizzard shots. On the other side of the ice, George McBey turned away 25 of 29 Bruins shots and was handed the loss.

With the victory, the Bruins improve to 28-16-0-6 on the year and regain sole possession of third place in the NAHL Central Division. The loss forces Brookings to 9-38-3-1 on the season, the last place team in the Central. The two teams will meet in Brookings on Saturday night to wrap this weekend’s home and home season before battling twice more on March 15 and 16.

The Bruins next home game is Wednesday, March 13 against the Minnesota Wilderness. The team will be celebrating St. Patrick’s day a few days early and encourage all fans to partake by wearing green and bringing the noise. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 11 at all the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.