AUSTIN, Minn. – On a night that means more to the community of Austin than just a hockey game, the Bruins knocked off their central division rival St. Cloud Blizzard, 5-2.
Despite giving up the game’s first goal only five minutes and 48 seconds into the game, the Bruins retaliated in a hurry. Connor Mylymok scored his seventh goal of the season when he pounded home a wrist shot past St. Cloud goalie Tyler Thompson, evening the score at 1-1 with 12:49 left in the first. Neither team was able to score again in the opening frame and the two teams headed to the locker room deadlocked in a tie.
In the second period the Bruins broke the scoring wide open. It all started with Dante Sheriff who scored his fifteenth goal of the season with wicked wrist shot from the right-circle. Now up 2-1, the Bruins continued to pour it on. Five minutes after Sheriff’s goal, Jed Pietila netted his eighth of the season with a rocket from the high-slot which beat Thompson under the arm. Austin wasn’t done there as it only took a minute and ten seconds to get their fourth goal of the night. Dante Sheriff broke into the zone and slid a pass through the slot to a wide open Tiernan Shoudy who blasted the puck into a practically empty net boosting the Bruins to a 4-1 lead. With the goal, the Blizzard pulled Tyler Thompson in favor of Tyler Bost.
In the third period the Bruins sealed their victory with Tiernan Shoudy scoring his second goal of the night.
With the victory, the Bruins improved toe 23-12-2-4 on the season while the Blizzard dropped to 10-30-2-4. In goal Brett Miller turned aside 30 of 32 shots the Blizzard threw his way to earn the win.
The two teams meet for a second time on the weekend when the Bruins travel to St. Cloud on Sunday. Following Sunday’s game with the Blizzard, Austin returns home to Riverside Arena for a pair of games on Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th against the Bismarck Bobcats. Tickets for next weekend’s matchup against the Bobcats go on sale Monday, February 10 at all the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.