Braves beat Mandan, fall to Patriots
Senior forward Harrison Aide scored a hat trick and sophomore forward Austyn Lorenz scored twice as the Bottineau-Rugby Braves beat Mandan 6-2 on Monday.
Both Lorenz goals came in the third period off assists from senior forward Cody Bedlion.
“Cody controlled the puck and put them in front of the net and we pounded them in there,” B-R coach David Hoff said. “I thought that might of been his best game of the year last and Austyn Lorenz had one of his best.”
The Braves (11-5-1 overall, 8-3-1 West Region) built an early lead with a pair of goals from Aide in the first period. Junior forward Luke Amsbaugh had assists on both and junior forward Noah Grant earned a point on the first. Amsbaugh added a goal in the second and joined Aide and Bedlion with three points apiece. B-R senior goaltender Riley Monson finished with 32 saves.
“We had a great third period,” Hoff said. “We had three lines on the ice consistently playing well.”
The game put B-R back in the win column after the team dropped a 4-3 overtime game at Bismarck Century on Jan. 25.
The Patriots (14-2, 10-1) scored the final goal of regulation midway through the third period on Tristan Stewart’s shot following assists from Jacob Huber and Grant Dockter.
“We had a chance with 15 seconds to go in regulation,” Hoff said. “We just didn’t get it done. We were one play from beating a good team.”
Aide scored in the first period to give B-R an early lead and Century responded with a goal from Huber at the 2:16 mark of the second period. Amsbaugh scored 15 seconds later to recapture the lead and momentum. Century scored again less than two minutes after that.
“I don’t know if we played well or poorly,” Hoff said. “I thought we did some good things. They’re as deep a team as well see. Their first line challenged us right away.”
The Braves took a third lead with about three minutes left in the second period on senior Andrew Hill’s goal. Aide had an assist on the final two goals and Grant assisted on all three.
Century junior Keaton Leininger buried the game winner a minute and 16 seconds into overtime.
Monson made 51 saves in a strong showing, but Century goalie Jack Abfalter wasn’t tested nearly as much. He finished with 21 saves.
The Braves hosted Mandan on Friday for Senior Night at Al Wentz Arena in Rugby. B-R was in fourth place in the West Region standings as of Wednesday. Bismarck High, Century and Minot are the top three in that order.
Aide is pulling away from the top point getters in the state with 70 (39 g, 31 a). Amsbaugh is second with 61 (37 g, 24 a), and Minot’s Quinn Fuchs is third with 50 (19 g, 31 a).
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