Braves top MHS in high-scoring affair
BOTTINEAU – Junior forward Luke Amsbaugh netted four goals and senior Harrison Aide chipped in a hat trick and four assists as the Bottineau-Rugby boys hockey team outslugged Minot High 9-6 on Monday.
The Braves (10-3 overall, 7-1 West Region) scored the game’s first two goals and never trailed. Bottineau tallied five power-play goals in the contest, including one from Amsbaugh with 5.8 seconds remaining in the opening period to give the Braves a 4-1 lead.
“We never got off the bus tonight,” MHS coach Chad Burckhard said. “We came out flat and got ourselves in the box early and they scored five power-play goals and one short-handed goal. Five-on-five, we were fine, but everything else we just weren’t.”
Junior forward Matt Flom scored two goals for the Magicians (10-5-1, 8-3) and senior linemate Quinn Fuchs racked up three assists.
Minot scored three consecutive goals spanning the end of the second period and beginning of the third to make it 7-5, but the Braves scored two of the next three to clinch the victory.
Junior Riley Monson tallied 33 stops for Bottineau. Minot junior Breydan Effertz made 18 saves and allowed seven goals before being replaced by sophomore Kross Braaten, who blocked 15 shots and allowed two scores.
The Magicians travel to Mandan on Thursday and the Braves travel to play Century on Saturday.