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Brookings rolls over Austin, 7-1
Story by Narrative Science.
The Brookings Blizzard had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-1 win over the Austin Bruins.
Austin was stymied by Brookings netminder Austin Priebe, who stopped 28 shots during the victory. The solid play of Priebe will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.8.
The Blizzard pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 49 penalty minutes.
Brookings outdid its season average for goals scored. The Blizzard have scored at the pace of 2.3 goals per game during the current campaign. The 36 shots that Brookings put on net surpassed the Blizzard's average of 29.4 shots per game this season.
Brookings was helped by Andrew Herlofsky, who had one goal and one assist. Herlofsky scored on the power play 18:05 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Brookings. The Blizzard had gotten the advantage when the Bruins' Eli May was sent off for tripping. Brandon Parker assisted on the tally. Brookings additionally got points from Conor Andrle, who also registered two goals and one assist, Jared Goudreau, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Michelle Marchetti, who also registered two goals and one assist to lead the team in points, and Eric Brenk, who also had one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Brookings were Joe Nathe, Nick Nitta, Nick DeCenzo, Beau Michaud, Branislav Rapac, and Russ Jordan, who each chipped in one.
The Austin penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled 13 minors and one major for 41 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 19.0 minutes per game the Bruins had been spending in the box. Austin could not produce up to it normal offensive output. The Bruins put an average of 3.4 pucks into the net per game. Austin's defense let in more goals than it usually has this year. The Bruins are averaging 2.3 goals against for the season. Austin was held back by its power play unit, which tallied one goal on nine chances.
The Bruins were led by Guillaume Leclerc, who scored the team's only goal. Leclerc scored on the power play 13:56 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Austin had gained a power play chance when Evan Hesse was whistled for head contact. Jay Dickman provided the assist.
Brookings registered three goals on 14 power play opportunities. Justin Quale rejected 29 shots on goal for the Bruins.