Austin bounces back with dominant win in game two after dropping an OT contest to Norsemen

Published 10:35 pm Friday, May 5, 2023

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The Austin Bruins dominated game two as they tied the NAHL Central Division series up 1-1 with a 6-1 win over St. Cloud in Riverside Arena Saturday.

James Goffredo and Walter Zacher each scored twice for the Bruins, who will now play games three and four at St. Cloud Friday and Saturday. If there is a game five, it will be played in Riverside Arena at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday, May 14.

Trent Wiemken had 17 saves for Austin.

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Norsemen 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

The Austin Bruins literally took one in the chin as game one of the NAHL Central Division Finals slid away from them in a 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Cloud Norsemen in Riverside Arena Friday.

Austin’s Isaak Brassard was knocked to the ice from a high stick early in the OT period, but no penalty was called and play was not stopped. As Brassard was laying on the ice, the Norsemen took advantage and Anthony Ruklic scored a quick, game-winning goal with one skater advantage.

The play happened quickly and the some of the Bruins were still looking for a call, even after the game was over.

“It happened so quick and we were yelling about the high stick,” Austin head coach Steve Howard said. “Apparently none of them saw it and there were four of them. What do you do? Their guys kept playing and our guys let up a little bit because they were too concerned with what was going on. For them not to blow the whistle there it’s just heart wrenching. It’s not the way you want the game to end.”

The Bruins took a 3-2 lead when Matys Brassard took a pass from his twin brother Isaak Brassard and hammered it home in the second period. The Norsemen tied the game at 3-3 just two minutes later when Andrew Clarke converted a power play goal.

There were five total goals scored in the second period and St. Cloud had two power play goals in the period.

“We were not anticipating their plays like we should,” Howard said. “We know it, we’ve seen it, we were just slow getting there. And when you’re slow in our league, they’re going to make plays.”

Trent Wiemken had 23 saves for Austin.


SC 0 0 1 – 1

Austin 2 2 2 – 6

First period

(A) Walter Zacher (Gavin Morrissey, Matys Brassard) 0:56

(A) James Goffredo (Austin Salani, Damon Furuseth) 17:44

Second period

(A) Goffredo (Dylan Cook, Zacher) 1:14

(A) Zacher (Josh Guiliani, Cook) 14:52

Third period

(SC) Tyler Dysart (Andrew Cumming) (power play) 9:51

(A) Josh Giuliani (empty net) 14:37

(A) Ocean Wallace (Parker Anderson (power play) 18:31

Shots: Austin – 28; SC – 18

Power plays: Austin – 1-for-6; SC – 1-for-5


SC 0 3  0  1    4

Austin 1 2  0  0    3

First period

(A) Sam Christiano (Ocean Wallace, Nate Looft) 1:59

Second period

(SC) Anthony Ruklic (Hunter Hanson, Severi Sulonen) 3:32

(SC) Daniels Murnieks (Broten Sabo, Blake Perbix) (power play) 5:02

(A) Walter Zacher (Gavin Morrissey, Josh Giuliani) (power play) 7:03

(A) Matys Brassard (Isaak Brassard, Jackson Luther) 11:19

(SC) Andrew Clarke (Broten Sabo, Daiels Murnieks) (power play) 13:51

Third period

No scoring


(SC) Anthony Ruklic (Hunter Hanson, Carter Bradley) 2:29

Power plays: Austin – 1-for-3; St. Cloud – 2-for-4

Shots: Austin – 26; St. Cloud – 30