Hugh Larkin and Jared Christy net a pair of goals while Dante Sheriff buries the overtime breakaway winner as the Bruins take down the Magicians 5-4 to complete the weekend sweep.
AUSTIN, Minn. – Paint the Rink Pink night is always electric in the town of Austin, Minnesota. On a night that is dedicated to those who have been affected by cancer, the game on the ice often takes a back-seat. In front of a sold-out crowd at Riverside Arena, the Bruins and Magicians put on a show that many won’t soon forget.
The scoring got started early in the game, only five minutes in before Hugh Larkin found the back of the net for his third goal of the weekend. With the 1-0 lead the Bruins marched forward, but much like Friday night, it was Moritz Wirth who would tie the game at 1-1 only five minutes later. The Magicians were able to take that momentum and gain their first lead of the weekend, 2-1, when Cameron Buhl pushed the puck past the outstretched pad of Brett Miller.
Larkin, who’s been public enemy number one for the Magicians this weekend, made sure to keep status quo with his second goal of the night, his fourth on the weekend, tying the game at two goals apiece with just 30 seconds left to go in the first period.
In the second, the Riverside crowd got their first good look at one of the newest Bruins, Jared Christy, when the forward scored his first goal of the season for the black-and-gold and earning the lead back for the Bruins, 3-2. As the Magicians have done all weekend, they fought back and hard. This time they scored two unanswered to retake the lead, 4-3.
Throughout a third period that was back and forth, the crowd grew restless but Jared Christy helped calm their nerves. The 20-year old tied the game with just over five minutes left to go in the third period.
In overtime, a better script could not have been written, as Dante Sheriff stripped the Magicians defenseman at the Bruins blue line and had a breakaway which lasted two-thirds of the rink. His forehand shot slid five-hole and beat Magicians goalie Ethan Haider for the victory, erupting the sold-out crowd.
With the win, the Bruins earned the weekend sweep and improved to 22-13-0-5 on the season. The Magicians slide to 27-12-1-0 on the year with the loss.
After two games on the road against the Bismarck Bobcats, the Bruins return to Riverside for a pair of games against the Minot Minotauros on February 15 and 16. Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 10 at 10 A.M. at all the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.