Bruins: Bruggeman clips Wings
Published 9:52 pm Friday, November 18, 2011
Austin Bruins’ goalie Tyler Bruggeman picked up his second straight shutout as Austin upended Aberdeen 2-0 in Riverside Arena Friday night.
Bruggeman has now stopped a total of 52 shots in the two shutouts.
“I’ve never had two shutouts in a row before,” said Bruggeman, who is a graduate of Mankato West. “The defensemen were awesome tonight. They had their sticks in the lanes and they did a great job boxing guys out. I can’t thank those guys enough. It’s not just me.”
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While his goaltending was strong, Bruggeman also lended the Austin offense a hand in the second period.
Just when it looked like the Wings (9-10-2 overall) were about to take the lead on a breakaway one-timer, Bruggemen extended out to get his left arm on the puck and he sent it the other way. Jeremy Finger grabbed the loose puck skated up the ice, and got it to Trevor Waldoch, who slapped in a point blank look at the other end to make it 1-0 with 15:35 left in the second period.
“The defense did a really good job of forcing the guy into the corner,” Bruggeman said of the breakaway. “When you get there, the only thing you can do is pass, so it was an easy read. I just had to stop the puck and I actually got there a little early since it hit my arm.”
Waldoch, who also slapped a shot through in the third period for his second goal, was glad to be the beneficiary of Bruggeman’s highlight save and assist.
“I gave up the three-on-one and ended up scoring on the turnaround. That was good,” said Waldoch. “(Tyler) was awesome. He kept us in there and we could’ve lost control of the game if he wasn’t in there for us.”
While Austin head coach Chris Tok was pleased with the win, he would’ve liked to have seen a little more patience from his team’s offense. In the first period, the Bruins (11-7-1 overall) had plenty of chances close to the net, but they fired a little too soon on some of them.
“There was a little bit of slapping the puck around instead of collecting it and controlling it where you know you’re going to make a good play with it,” Tok said. “There’s guys getting used to the league and they do get nervous. Guys will grow and get better.”
Most of Aberdeen’s 22 shots were slapshots from deep, but they gave Bruggeman a close call where he had to hit the deck to stop a point blank shot to preserve his shutout with 1:09 left in the game.
Aberdeen 0 0 0 — 0
Austin 0 1 1 — 2
(A) Trevor Waldoch (Jeremy Finger, Tyler Bruggeman) 8:25
(A) Waldoch (Christian Folin, Chris Fischer) 12:05
Powerplays: Austin — 0-for-2; Aberdeen — 0-for-1
Shots: Austin — 33; Aberdeen — 22