Bruins fight on: Austin to play Fairbanks this weekend for NAHL title

Published 7:41 am Monday, May 5, 2014

Austin's Jake Arroyo puts a hit on Jake Kamrass Sunday night. Rex Wolf/The Topeke Capital-Journal

Austin’s Jake Arroyo puts a hit on Jake Kamrass Sunday night. Rex Wolf/The Topeke Capital-Journal

The Austin Bruins pulled off another franchise first when they earned their first trip to the Robertson Cup Finals after they beat the Topeka Roadrunners 4-3 in overtime in game three of the Robertson Cup semifinals in Topeka Sunday night.

Drew Anderson, who is from Rochester, scored the game-winning and series clinching goal just 2:07 into overtime to give Austin the win. The Bruins had led 3-2 late in regulation, but Topeka’s Tyler Poulson scored a power play goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 1:27 left in regulation.

Nick Lehr had 29 saves in the win for Austin, which will now play at Fairbanks Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the NAHL title on the line.

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In game 2, the Bruins survived a wild third period that saw a total of four goals scored. Casey Jerry put Austin up 4-2 with a third period goal and Joe Schuldt made it 5-3 Bruins with 9:22 left in the game.

The Bruins won the game 6-4.




Austin 1 2 3 – 6

Topeka 0 1 3 – 4

First period

(A) Luke Dietsch (Trey Dodd) 5:05

Second period

(A) Brian Bachnak (Kody Reuter, Eli May) 1:52

(T) Tyler Poulsen (Jake Kamrass, Avni Berisha) 4:41

(A) Dietsch (Drew Anderson, Sam Kauppila) 6:21

Third period

(T) Jasen Fernsler (power play) (Daniel Rzavsky) 0:58

(A) Casey Jerry (Cory Dunn) 4:33

(T) Fernsler (Mike Gornall) 9:35

(A) Joe Schuldt 10:38

(A) Niko Hildenbrand (empty net) 18:12

(T) James Ring (power play) 19:59

Power plays: Austin – 0-for-3; Topeka – 2-for-8

Shots: Austin – 30; Topeka – 33




Austin 0 1 2 1 – 4

Topeka 0 1 2 0 – 3

First period

No scoring

Second period

(T) Jasen Fernsler 8:02

(A) Niko Hildenbrand (Luke Dietsch, Brian Bachnak) 13:53

Second period

(A) Bachnak 7:58

(T) Thomas Nechala (Jake Kamrass, Tyler Poulsen) 10:35

(A) Joe Schuldt 14:48

(T) Tyler Poulson (power play) (Jake Kamrass, Tomas Nechala) 18:33


(A) Drew Anderson (power play) (Jay Dickman) 2:07

Shots: Austin – 25; Topeka – 32

Austin – 1-for-3; Topeka – 1-for-6