AUSTIN, MN – After playing well enough to earn a shutout on Friday night, Bruins goaltender Mads Sogaard somehow managed to elevate his game on Saturday and did indeed pick up the first “perfect game” of his NAHL career, stopping all 29 Minot shots to lead the Bruins to a 2-0 win and a weekend sweep.
As was the case Friday night, the Bruins and ‘Tauros skated to a scoreless first period, but each team would have chances – with five combined power play opportunities. The game continued to resemble the series opener when the Bruins scored first just over the halfway mark of the second period. Moments after Sogaard made an incredible diving save, Valdemar Ahlberg redirected a shot from Seth Bacon off a faceoff win in the offensive zone. The Bruins held the slim 1-0 lead heading into the third.
Minot put 12 shots on Sogaard on the final stanza but the Bruins goaltender wouldn’t break and with 31 seconds to go, defenseman Josef Mysak sealed the game with an empty netter from just inside the Bruins blue line – Mysak’s first NAHL goal. In total, Sogaard stopped 55 of 56 Minot shots on the weekend. Minotauros goaltender Samu Lonkila, also starting his second game of the weekend, turned aside 24 of 25 Bruins shots.
Aberdeen defeated Bismarck in overtime, retaining a two point edge over the Bruins heading into the final regular season head-to-head series between the two teams next weekend at Odde Ice Center. The puck drops at 7:15 PM on Friday and Saturday night.