Leading 4-2 after two periods, Taft skated away with an 8-4 victory over Brunswick on its home ice on Wednesday. The Bruins (6-5-1) return to action on Monday, January 9, hosting Hotchkiss.
Brunswick opened the game with a power-play goal by Brunswick’s Ryan Carmichael. The extra-man tally was Carmichael’s first goal of the season.
The Rhinos countered with the next two goals of the game to take a 2-1 lead after one period.
In the second period, Taft bookended solo goals around a tally from Brunswick’s Aaron Aboodi, as the hosts took a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.
Following a Taft goal to open the third period, the Bruins’ Cooper Moore netted a goal at the 5:04 mark to set the score at 5-3 in favor of the Rhinos.
Taft countered with two more goals to take a 7-3 lead before Brunswick’s Nick VanBelle scored his 12th goal of the season. The Rhinos added one more goal for the 8-4 final.
Taft (5-2-1) 2 2 4 = 8
Brunswick (6-5-1) 1 1 2 = 4
(B) Ryan Carmichael (Charles Shaffer, Cooper Moore) 5X4 8:01
(T) Shea Courtmanche (Jeremie Lavallée) 10:38
(T) Dennis Franklin (Billy Dobensky, LJ Foley) 16:42
(T) Jeremie Lavallée (Shea Courtmanche) 6:19
(B) Aaron Aboodi 6:24
(T) Chris Adamsons (Johnny Hartfiel, Jeremie Lavallée) 10:47
(T) Matteo Mangiardi (Misha Mrotchek, Johnny Hartfiel) 0:55
(B) Cooper Moore (Christian LeSueur) 5:04
(T) Ryan Colwell (Matteo Mangiardi, Nik Allain) 5X4 8:42
(T) Matteo Mangiardi 10:29
(B) Nick VanBelle (Charles Shaffer, Christian LeSueur) 13:13
(T) Misha Mrotchek (Matteo Mangiardi) 14:17
(T) Andrew Farrier (54:00) 32/36 4 goals allowed
(B) Strauss Mann (37:00) 31/36 5 goals allowed
(B) Dan Dachille (17:00) 11/14 3 goals allowed