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Sanford lifts Austin over Brookings, 4-1
Story by Narrative Science.
The Austin Bruins relied on the scoring touch of Brennan Sanford, who netted two goals, to beat the Brookings Blizzard, 4-1.Sanford found the back of the net 1:11 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Austin and again while 9:46 into the first to make the score 2-0 Austin.
Brookings was stymied by Austin netminder Nicholas Lehr, who stopped 42 shots during the victory. Lehr managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.5 prior to the game.
The Bruins' penalty kill excelled, as Austin gave up one goal despite allowing six power plays.
The Bruins were often in penalty trouble, totaling seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 17.0 minutes per game Austin had been spending in the box. The Bruins made the Blizzard's goalies to work all game long, finishing with 34 shots and forcing 30 saves. Drew Weigman made eight stops and Austin Priebe made 22.
Austin also got a goal from Brian Bachnak as well. More assists for Austin came via Josh Bretner, Lucas Kohls, Dominik Florian, Jay Dickman, Guillaume Leclerc, and Trey Dodd, who contributed one a piece.
Brookings forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. The Blizzard surpassed its season average of 22.0 penalty minutes per game. Brookings excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances. The Blizzard forced Austin goalie Lehr to work between the pipes, taking 43 shots.
Brookings was led by Nick DeCenzo, who scored the team's only goal. DeCenzo scored on the power play 6:22 into the third period to make the score 3-1 Austin. A checking from behind penalty on Tyler Jones had put the Blizzard on the power play. Evan Hesse provided the assist.