BROOKINGS, S.D. — The Austin Bruins saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end Friday with a 4-3 North American Hockey League loss against the Brookings Blizzard.
Brookings scored the tying and go-ahead goal on power plays and sent Austin home a loser for the first time since Nov. 10. It also marked the first time the Bruins lost a game in regulation since losing at Brookings on Oct. 28.
Austin (13-6-4) led 2-0 after one period on goals by Justin Brandt and Andy Willis in the first 4:29 of the game. Brandt and Willis assisted on one another's goals in the opening period.
Brookings charged back to tie the score 2-2 nine minutes into the second period, but Austin's Evan Cholak answered on a power play halfway through the period for a 3-2 lead.
Brookings tied the score with 2:32 to go in the second on a Derek Hammer power-play goal, then Connor Koviak scored the winner at 11:51 of the third period on a power play.
Alex Schilling made 36 saves in the loss for Austin.
The Bruins play host to Brookings at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Riverside Arena.
ICE HAWKS THUMPED
BY NORTH IOWA
MASON CITY, Iowa — The new-look Rochester Ice Hawks ran into perhaps the best team in the North American 3 Hockey League on Friday night and were taken down by the North Iowa Bulls 17-0 in the Hawks' first game under new head coach Chris Blaisuis.
North Iowa led 6-0 after one period and 10-0 after two.
Alex Timm (three goals, three assists); Josh Arnold (four goals, one assist) and Mitch Dolter (two goals, three assists) led the way for the Bulls.
Tyler Bump and Connor Clemons added a goal and three assists each, while Brendan Studioso and Shane Bernhardson had four assists each.
North Iowa outshot the Ice Hawks 56-26. Drew Schenkenberg (26 saves) and Tait Carlson (13 saves) split time in goal for Rochester, which plays host to North Iowa at 7:05 p.m. tonight.