Late surge not enough as Bruins edged out by Warriors in Robertson Cup title game
Published 9:25 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2023
The Austin Bruins went out with a complete effort, but came up one win short of an elusive Robertson Cup title as they lost to the Oklahoma Warriors 4-3 in the title tilt for the NAHL championship in Blaine Tuesday night.
The Bruins, who out-shot Oklahoma 15-7 in the third period, had a power play and pulled their goalie for a six-on-four advantage in the final 1:30 of the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors were able to hold them off.
Garrett Horsager put the Warriors up 4-3 when he scored a power play goal with 3:37 left in the game.
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Trent Wiemken stopped Oklahoma’s Rylan Brady on a penalty shot to keep the game tied at 3-3 with 13 minutes left in the third.
The Bruins trailed 3-1 in the second period, but Josh Giuliani and Walter Zacher each scored in a seven-minute stretch to tie things up at 3-3 going into the third period.
Austin 1 2 0 – 3
Oklahoma 1 2 1 – 4
(A) Isaak Brassard (Matys Brassard, Matthew Desiderio) 7:31
(O) Rylan Brady (Kaden Nelson, Owen Carlile) 11:37
(O) Brendan Williams (William Lawson-Body, Hunter Jones) 4:52
(O) Blaise Miller (Brady) 10:04
(A) Josh Giuliani (Walter Zacher, Damon Furuseth) (power play) 13:40
(A) Walter Zacher (Austin Salani, Jack Malinski) 19:07
(O) Garrett Horsager (William Lawson-Body) (power play) 16:23
Shots: Austin – 37; Oklahoma – 23
Power plays: Austin – 1-for-6; Oklahoma – 1-for-2