Power Outage Continues for Youthful Braves
The Bottineau/Rugby Braves hockey team wrapped up play at the Al Wentz Arena as well as on the road for the regular season this past weekend. What has been a theme all year, goals were hard to come by for the Braves.
On Friday, February 5th, the Braves clashed with Mandan in town and fell 3-0. SR Goaltender Ethan Clements had perhaps his best performance of the season, stopping 35 Mandan shots in the loss. This was easily the most competitive the Braves had been for sometime, limiting the opportunities for Mandan, but they also were limited offensively to just 13 shots on goal. Bottineau/Rugby went 1-1 at the Al Wentz Arena the season, picking up their only West Region victory back in December versus Williston.
The Braves were back in action the following day, Saturday the 6th, in West Fargo taking on the Packers. West Fargo is the number three team in the East and it showed as they outshot the Braves 77-9 on their way to a 9-0 victory. SO Micah Hershey stopped 68 shots in the loss, which stretched their losing streak to 10 games (outscored 81-6 during the rough run).Bottineau/Rugby will wrap up the regular season this weekend, welcoming in Bismarck Century to Bottineau.
The Braves will be in the West Region play-in game on Monday, traveling to take on the Hazen/Beulah Northstars in Hazen. They will have to win that game just to get to the West Region Tournament, which is being held in Minot the 18th-20th.
Hauser is the sports director for AM 1450 KZZJ Radio, Rugby.
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