The Austin Bruins were looking for win number five in a row versus the North Iowa Bulls in a NAHL Central Division matchup at Riverside Arena Thursday evening, and netminder Ethan Robertson turned away all 16 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season as the Bruins blanked the Bulls 3-0.
Giuseppe Fiorillo tallied his first goal of the season at 2:32 of the first period to give Austin a lead they would not relinquish, with assists to Sam Christiano and Ashton Bynum, and Jack Malinski scored his second goal of the season at 4:36 of the second period to increase the Bruins’ lead to 2-0, with assists to Dylan Cook and Parker Anderson, and Austin Salani scored at 11:23 of the second period to increase Austin’s lead to 3-0, with assists to Walter Zacher and to Malinski, his 11th of the season. Robertson and the Bruins defense did the rest to earn the shutout, as Ausitn outshot North Iowa in the game 33-16.
With the win, the first-place Bruins are now 13-2-1-3-1, and they now have 30 points on the season, seven clear of second-place Aberdeen. Austin is now off until next Wednesday when they will travel to St. Cloud for a Thanksgiving-eve matchup with the Norsemen at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.