AUSTIN — The Austin Bruins have found some offense and some confidence.
The Bruins extended their winning streak to three on Saturday night with a 4-3 victory against the Minnesota Wilderness at Riverside Arena.
After struggling to find offense early in the season, the Bruins (9-6-3) have now scored four or more goals in four of their past five games. The one game in which they didn't reach the four-goal mark was a 2-1 win at the Minnesota Magicians on Nov. 1.
Austin is now tied for third place in a jumbled North American Hockey League Central Division. The top five teams are all within five points of one another in the standings.
Saturday, the Bruins received big nights from Ben Almquist (two goals), Carson Riddle (one goal, one assist), Dante Sheriff (three assists) and Josef Mysak (two assists), while Peter Jacobs scored a go-ahead goal with 6:36 to go in regulation.
Goalie Brett Miller made 31 saves to improve to 4-1-1 since returning to Austin in late October.
The Bruins host Aberdeen at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
BRUINS 4, WILDERNESS 3
Minnesota 1 1 1 — 3
Austin 2 0 2 — 4
Wilderness: Nate Horn 2 goals, 1 assist; Tyler Watkins 1 goal; Blake Holmes 2 assists; Aaron Myers 1 assist; Kimball Johnson 1 assist. Goalie: Jonathan Mor (L, 3-3-0; 26 saves-30 shots).
Bruins: Ben Almquist 2 goals; Carson Riddle 1 goal, 1 assist; Peter Jacobs 1 goal; Barrett Brooks 1 assist; Dante Sheriff 3 assists; Tiernan Shoudy 1 assist; Josef Mysak 2 assists. Goalie: Brett Miller (W, 4-1-1; 31 saves-34 shots).
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GRIZZLIES FALL IN OT
The Rochester Grizzlies let a two-goal lead get away in the final 12 minutes of regulation, then lost in overtime, 4-3 to the Alexandria Blizzard on Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center.
The Grizzlies built a 3-1 lead through two periods, to the delight of the crowd on Military Appreciation Night. Matt DeRosa scored twice and Garrett Smith scored once for Rochester (11-4-1), but Alexandria's Derek Dropik and Caleb Strong scored two minutes apart in the third to force overtime.
Cole Lehmann then scored 1:26 into OT to win it for the Blizzard (7-5-2), whom the Grizzlies still have not beaten in seven opportunities.
Sean Guerin made 30 saves for Rochester, which is off until a Nov. 21 game at Coulee Region.
BLIZZARD 4, GRIZZLIES 3, OT
Alexandria 1 0 2 1 — 4
Rochester 1 2 0 0 — 3
Alexandria: Caleb Strong 1 goal, 2 assists; Jack Taylor 1 assist; Cole Lehmann 1 goal; Brandon Connett 1 assist; Joe Gronholz 1 assist; Dallas Duckson 1 assist; Ike Taraszewski 1 goal, 2 assists; Derek Dropik 1 goal. Goalie: Ville Hyttinen (W, 3-3-1; 29 saves-32 shots).
Rochester: Matt DeRosa 2 goals, 1 assist; Garrett Smith 1 goal, 1 assist; Peyton hart 2 assists; Ethan Noonan 1 assist; Noel Parker 1 assist. Goalie: Sean Guerin (L, 2-1-0; 30 saves-34 shots).