Junior Hockey: Lehr, Bruins calm Blizzard
AUSTIN — The Austin Bruins are proving to be an entirely different team at home than they are on the road.
And that may not be a good thing for the Bruins, who start a five-game road trip tonight.
It was a very good thing on Friday, though, as they posted their fourth consecutive shutout on home ice, a 3-0 win against Brookings at Riverside Arena, to remain the NAHL's lone team that is unbeaten at home (12-0-0).
The Bruins now hit the road for five consecutive games, beginning tonight at last-place Brookings (4-13-5). Austin is just 5-5-0 on the road this season and has lost four consecutive games away from home.
The NAHL Central Division-leading Bruins (17-5-0 overall) scored once in each period on Friday to earn their second consecutive shutout against the Blizzard, who also fell to the Bruins last Saturday at Riverside.
Bruins goalie Nick Lehr was outstanding once again, stopping 41 shots to secure the shutout and improve to 14-2-0.
Trey Dodd scored the game-winning goal 7:12 into the first period. Sam Kauppila scored in the second period and defenseman Josh Bretner added a short-handed goal in the third period.
Bruins 3, Blizzard 0
First period— 1. A, Trey Dodd (Drew Anderson, Josh Bretner) 7:12. Second period— 2. A, Sam Kauppila (Cory Dunn) 7:14. Third period— 3. A, Bretner (Brennan Sanford) 7:00 (sh).
Shots on goal— B 13-14-14—41; A 12-11-11—34. Goalies— B, Austin Priebe (L, 3-5-1; 31 saves); A, Nick Lehr (W, 14-2-0; 41 saves). Power-play opportunities— B 0-for-9; A 0-for-3. Penalties— B, 5-18 minutes; A, 10-20 minutes.
Time— 2:20. Att. — 1,087.