Bruins score four in the third to win

Published 10:11 pm Sunday, October 2, 2011

Austin Bruins Brandon Wahlin turns to play the puck out of the corner with Aberdeen, S.D.'s Cullen Hurley in pursuit during the second period of Austin's come from behind, 5-4 win Saturday night in their home opener at Riverside Arena. - Eric Johnson/

The Austin Bruins scored four goals in the third period to come back to beat Aberdeen 5-4 in their home opener in Riverside Arena Saturday.

The Austin Bruins' Jake Flynn is forced into the boards by Aberdeen, S.D.'s Paul Prescott during the first period of the Bruins' home opener Saturday night at Riverside Arena. The Austin Bruins take to the ice for their home opener Saturday night against Aberdeen, S.D. at Riverside Arena. - Eric Johnson/

Brandon Wahlin tied the game up at four when he scored with 7:69 left in the game and John Simonson, who is from Grand Forks N.D., scored his first goal of the season for the game winner about two minutes later to lift the Bruins, who trailed 4-1 going into the third.

Austin (2-3 overall) spread it around on the night as five different players — including Austin high school grad John Kirby — scored in the win.

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Tyler Bruggeman picked up the win as he stopped 25 saves in net.


Aberdeen 2 2 0 — 4

Austin 1 0 4 — 5

First period

(AB) Paul Prescott (powerplay) (Alex Brooks, Tyler Poulsen) 5:33

(AB) Steve Obarzanek (Cory Ward, Lane Mahoney) 7:18

(A) Christian Folin (shorthanded) (Brandon Wahlin, Tyler Bruggeman) 18:07

Second period

(AB) Ward (powerplay) (Alex Brooks, Mack Ohnsted) 1:04

(AB) Loren French (Oliver Widding-Persson, Ohnsted) 2:58

Third period

Austin's Charlie Adams and Aberdeen, S.D.'s Joseph Sullivan watch the puck drop on a first-period face-off in the Bruins' home opener Saturday night at Riverside Arena. - Eric Johnson/

(A) John Kirby (powerplay) (Connor Quinn, Wahlin) 1:18

(A) Grant Williams (Folin, Trevor Waldoch) 6:54

(A) Wahlin (CJ Smith, Jonathan Gehrt) 12:31

(A) John Simonson (Andy Faust, Gehrt) 14:42

Powerplays: Austin — 1-for-4; Aberdeen — 2-for-8

Shots: Aberdeen — 29; Austin — 28