The Austin Bruins dropped their second consecutive game to the Chippewa Steel on Saturday night, falling by a final score of 5-2.
For the second night in a row, the Steel struck first but unlike Friday, it took quite some time for the home team to solve Tyler Shea. Neither team was able to get a tally in the first period, it wasn’t until Gordan Whalen scored his second goal of the season 5:11 into the middle frame. It took nearly seven minutes for the Bruins to retaliate and tie the game, but it was worth the wait. Taking a pass off the right-wing wall from Josef Mysak, Dante Sheriff walked into the slot and flipped a shot over Steel goalie Trent Burnham. With the goal, Dante Sheriff registered his 147th point as an Austin Bruin, surpassing Travis Kothenbeutel and making Sheriff the all-time leader in points scored for the Austin Bruins. With the game tied at one goal apiece, the Steel stuck back a little more than three minutes later. Jacob Dirks beat Tyler Shea through a scramble and the Steel were back on top, 2-1. To cap things off in the second period, Issac Moberg would increase the Steel’s lead to 3-1 with his first goal of the night.
Out of the gate in the third the Bruins battled back, getting a goal from Josef Mysak, his second of the weekend, and pulling the Bruins within one, 3-2. As time dwindled down, the Bruins opted to pull Shea in the final three minutes while on the power-play for the six-on-four advantage. Unfortunately, the Bruins couldn’t battle back and Issac Moberg would complete his hat-trick with two empty-net goals to seal the game, 5-2.
With the loss, the Bruins fall to 21-12-2-4 on the season while the Steel improve to 23-12-0-0. Up next for the Bruins, they take on the Minot Minotauros for a pair of games in North Dakota before returning home on February 8, 2020 for the Bruins annual Paint the Rink Pink game.