CLOQUET, Minn. – Despite getting two goals from Dante Sheriff in the second period, the Bruins fell to the Minnesota Wilderness 4-2 on Wednesday night.
The Bruins wanted to come out strong in the first period and take control of the game on the road, but it was the WIlderness who got the game’s first goal. In a fluke play, Jacob Herter dumped the puck in off the glass which found its way bouncing on net and hopping over the stick and blocker arm of Bruins netminder Brett Miller. The puck was found laying on the goal-line momentarily but ultimately found it’s way across giving the Wilderness a 1-0 lead in the first.
Neither team was able to add any more tallies in the opening frame, but the Bruins came out like gangbusters in the second. Dante Sheriff, who’s earned most of his points by way of the assist this season, managed to tie the game at 1-1 only 1:25 into the second period. On the play, the puck bounced in on Wilderness goalie Kaleb Johnson who attempted to cover but couldn’t get ahold of the puck. It careered around in the blue paint ricocheting off skates and sticks before rolling free to Dante Sheriff who fired a shot over a down-and-out Johnson. Later in the period, Dante Sheriff netted his second goal of the night when he skated through the neutral zone bypassing every Wilderness player who tried to knock the puck free. Sheriff got to the slot and ripped a wrister past Johnson for the 2-1 Bruins lead.
Austin held the lead throughout the rest of the second period but started losing control in the third. After Nate Horn’s twelveth goal of the season tied the game at 2-2 only two minutes into the third period, Joe Mysak drew a holding call which sent the Bruins on their sixth penalty kill of the night. Despite being successful on their first five tries, the Bruins couldn’t fend off the Wilderness attackers and fell down 3-2 when Garrett Worth scored a power-play tally. Just for good measure, the Wilderness added an empty-netter with less than a minute to go, earning the victory 4-2.
With the loss, the Bruins slipped to 11-8-2-2 on the year while the Wilderness improved to 13-9-1-0. The two teams will meet again this week when the Bruins host the Wilderness at Riverside Arena for Black Friday Blackout. In the lowest-priced game of the season, the Bruins will be wearing their black uniforms and encouraging fans to wear black Bruins gear as well in an attempt to “blackout” Riverside Arena. Tickets are only $5 and on sale now at all the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace. In addition to the low-cost tickets, the Bruins will be offering drink specials all night long and also raffling off a 55″ TV to one lucky fan. Doors open at 6 P.M. with puck-drop coming at 7:05.