BISMARCK, North Dakota – The Bruins, led by captain Lane Krenzen, earned their sixth straight win on Friday night knocking off the Bismarck Bobcats, 4-2.
After a back-and-forth first period, the Bruins began the middle frame on the penalty kill. Despite having killed off the one and only penalty in the game, Bismarck was able to find the back of the net on their second man-advantage, scoring just 1:43 into the period to take the 1-0 lead. Shortly after, the Bruins managed to tie the game off the stick of Lane Krenzen. With the puck at the right point, Krenzen fired a wrister that danced through a crowd in front and found the back of the net. Krenzen’s third goal of the season came just one minute and 24 seconds after Bismarck opened the scoring.
The Bruins didn’t stop there, and neither did Krenzen. Exactly two minutes later, at the 14:53 mark of the second period, the captain scored his second goal of the night, a near-identical wrister from the point that somehow managed to avoid traffic and beat Bismarck goaltender John Roberts. With the lead 2-1, Kyle McClellan stood in net preserving the one-goal lead, and the team’s persistence paid off with Dante Zapata getting his fifth tally of the season, stretching the lead to 3-1.
Later in the third, the Bruins would score their fourth unanswered goal when Jed Pietila set up Ian Mageau who went bar down on Roberts and scored his fifth of the season and his first since returning to the lineup after missing last weekend’s games with an illness. Bismarck would make things a little more interesting by getting a goal from Jacob Marti in the thirteenth minute of the game, but the Bruins clamped down and came out on top, 4-2.
McClellan turned aside 23 of the 25 shots he faced while his Bismarck counterpart, Roberts, fought aside 28 of 32.
The Bruins and Bobcats will face-off for the second straight night on Saturday at VFW Sports Center. Following the game, the Bruins will begin their holiday break before getting back to work against the Minnesota Wilderness on December 28. Austin will host the Wilderness on Saturday, December 29, their first home game in 28 days. The first 100 fans in attendance on the 29th will receive a Bruins cowbell presented by First Farmers and Merchants Bank. Tickets for the Bruins home game against the Wilderness will go on sale during the week of December 19 at all the Bruins ticket vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.