It has been a tough start to the season for the Brookings Blizzard as they fell to the division leading Austin Bruins twice over the weekend.
On Friday night the Blizzard welcomed the Bruins to the Larson Ice Center for the teams second home game of the season.
Austin had things going in the first period out shooting the Blizzard 20-8 and taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Brennan Sanford score both of Austin’s goals in the period, one at the 1:11 mark and the second at 9:46. Josh Bretner had the assist on the first goal and Dominik Florian and Trey Dodd were credited with assists on the second.
The Blizzard turned things around in the final two periods but couldn’t capitalize on their chances.
“I think we had about 5 breakaways and 3 open net chances that we missed,” said Blizzard head coach Cory Laylin. “We dominated play in the final two periods but couldn’t finish. You’re not going to win games that way.”
The Blizzard out shot Austin 35-9 in the final two periods. Brian Bachnak would score a late second period goal for Austin who led 3-0 after two. In the final frame, the Blizzard would get on the board with a nice power play goal off of a faceoff during a power play in the third. Nick DeCenzo scored after Evan Hesse won a faceoff at the 6:22 mark. Austin would get an empty net goal late in the game and go on to win 4-1.
Brookings’ struggles would continue on Saturday when the team traveled to Austin for the Bruins’ home opener. The Blizzard would get on the board first scoring the power play goal at the 6:07 mark of the first period. Conor Andrle would score off the assist from Eric Brenk and Nick DeCenzo. That would be the only bright moment on a night Blizzard fans would soon like to forget. Austin would go on to score eleven unanswered goals beat the Blizzard 11-1.
The Blizzard are back in action this Friday, October 11th, as they welcome division rivals the Bismarck Bobcats to the Larson Ice Center for the first time this season. Friday’s game is sponsored by Kleinjan Chiropractic and the puck will drop at 7:15pm. The Blizzard will then hit the road on Saturday to take on the Austin Bruins.