CLOQUET, Minn. – After thirteen days off, the Bruins were back in action on Friday night and despite getting a two-goal lead over the Minnesota Wilderness, the Bruins fell 3-2 by way of the shootout.
With both teams playing their first games since before the holiday break, no rust was evident on either team as the game started with heavy action right from the get-go. On the road, the Bruins managed to get on the board first. Halfway through the first period, Tiernan Shoudy rifled a wrist-shot past Minnesota netminder Kaleb Johnson to open the game’s scoring. The primary assist on the goal went to Andrew Maynard, one of the newest members of the Bruins roster, playing in his first NAHL game. Defenses locked down and no more scoring resulted in the first period and the Bruins took the lead to the locker room 1-0.
Out of the gate in the second, it was Shoudy again finding the back of the net. After a Cullen Rush shot from the right point a net-mouth scramble ensued. Amidst the chaos the puck landed on the tape of Shoudy who found a wide open net to bury the puck home. With the lead 2-0 the Bruins battled on, but the Wilderness began to mount their comeback. Five minutes after the Bruins stretched their lead, the Minnesota got their first goal of the night thanks to Bram Sheerer making the score 2-1. In the third period, it was Sheerer who evened things up with a power-play tally which ultimately forced overtime and a shootout.
In the shootout, no Bruins managed to score while Kimball Johnson put in a goal behind Brett Miller to earn Minnesota the extra point and the win.
The two teams meet again on Saturday night for the eighth and final time this season. Following the matchups with the Wilderness, the Bruins travel to Bismarck, ND, for a pair of games against the Bobcats before returning home on January 10, 2020 against the St. Cloud Blizzard. Tickets for the next Bruins home game go on sale Monday, January 6 at all the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.