Bruins' streak halted by Bismarck

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Austin's John Simonson skates with the puck during the first period of Saturday's game against the Bismarck Bobcats at Riverside Arena.

The Bismarck Bobcats used a three-goal, first-period flurry and solid goaltending to hand the Austin Bruins their first regulation loss at home and their first regulation loss to a division opponent this season.

Bismarck scored three goals in a span of 3 minutes, 24 seconds in the first period and went on to post a 5-1 victory against Austin on Saturday at Riverside Arena.

Austin (12-3-2 overall) drops into a tie for first place with Brookings, which will visit Riverside Arena for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday. Austin will have a quick turnaround for its next game, however, as it travels to Coulee Region today for a 7 p.m. start at the Omni Center.

Bismarck received 22 saves from Aaron Nelson and a hat trick from Shane Omdahl in Saturday's victory. Omdahl started the scoring at 11:11 of the first period. Patrick Moore scored just 18 seconds later for a 2-0 lead, and Joe Giordano scored at 14:29 to make it 3-0 and silence a big crowd of 1,387 fans.

CJ Smith scored the lone goal of the game for the Bruins, at the 5:16 mark of the second period. Brandon Wahlin and John Simonson assisted on Smith's six goal of the season.


Nelson shut the Bruins down the rest of the way, though, and Omdahl completed his hat trick for the Bobcats (8-9-1) with two power play goals in the final six minutes of the third period.

Austin outshot Bismarck, 23-20, but the Bruins were an uncharacteristic 0-for-9 on the power play. Austin entered the weekend ranked second in the NAHL on the power play, but it went a combined 1-for-15 in a shootout loss to Minot on Friday and the loss to Bismarck on Saturday.

Bobcats 5, Bruins 1



First period— 1. B, Shane Omdahl (Patrick Moore, Adam Knochenmus) 11:11. 2. B, Moore (Knochenmus) 11:29. 3. B, Joe Giordano (Cory Chapman, Levi Blom) 14:35.

Second period— 4. A, CJ Smith (Brandon Wahlin, John Simonson) 5:16.

Third period— 5. B, Omdahl (Knochenmus, Moore) 14:12 (pp). 6. B, Omdahl (Knochenmus, Moore) 17:34 (pp).


Shots on goal— B 12-4-4—20; A 7-10-6—23. Goalies— B, Aaron Nelson (W, 4-1-1; 22 saves); A, Nick Lehr (L, 8-3-2; 15 saves). Power-play opportunities— B, 2-for-4; A, 0-for-9. Penalties— B, 12-27 minutes; A, 7-17 minutes.

Attendance— 1,387.

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