In their first game back in Brookings after a stint of four away games, the Blizzard fell just short of the Bruins on Friday night. In front of a record attendance of over 1,100 at the Larson Ice Center, Brookings stuck with Austin all game before finally being outscored 4 to 5.
The Blizzard came out skating hard the first period and scored just over two minutes into the game. Russ Jordan lit the lamp on assists by Jared Goudreau and Beau Michaud. The Bruins got on the board just before the midway point of the period when Lucas Kohls scored and were quick to score again seconds later on a Luke Dietsch goal.
Second period saw more even play as Victor Munter found the net just under three minutes in. Munter was set up by Beau Michaud and Jared Goudreau. A short time later, Jared Goudreau scored the go ahead goal getting passes from Russ Jordan and Nick Nitta. Austin’s Trey Dodd closed out the second period tying the goal tally at 3-3.
In the final period, the Bruins struck first on a Dodd goal. It did not take the Blizzard much time to answer back with a tying goal of their own by Conrad Sampair. Nick DeCenzo and Will Graber recorded the assists to the Blizzard’s fourth goal. With less than 7 minutes to play, Austin’s Luke Dietsch scored a power play goal, which was the final score of the night.
Shots on goal were relatively even with Austin tallying 34 and Brookings putting up 30. Connor Girard was in goal for the Blizzard, stopping 29 of 34 Bruins shots. 7 penalty infractions landed the Blizzard 14 minutes in the box, while Austin recorded 12 minutes on 6 infractions. The 3 stars of the night were Victor Munter (Star 3), Jared Goudreau (Star 2), and receiving the first star was Russ Jordan.
The Blizzard will be back at home this Friday and Saturday when they hose the Minot Minotauros for a weekend doubleheader at the Larson Ice Center.