Forward Wyatt Aldrich ended a Bruins’ first-half scoring drought when he took a perfect lead pass from Fernando Villa to put the Bruins on the board late in the first half on Thursday.
The Bruins had let the South Umpqua Lancers have the lead for most of the first half beginning with a bouncing shot over the head of a diving goalie – Alex Garibay – for a Lancers’ goal early in the first half.
A tie headed into the half did nothing but fan the flames for the Bruins and the second half found three more goals on the scoreboard and a much happier head coach.
“It’s good,” Head Coach Gabriel Anaya said. “We can’t miss that many chances though. There will be some game where we don’t have that many chances to score.”
According to Anaya the Bruins had more than 20 shots on goal and only scored once in the first half.
“I think this game should have been decided in the first half,” he explained. “We need to concentrate more. We start soft every game and we can’t do that in the playoffs.”
Second half goals belonged to: Alan Anaya, off of a corner kick by Luis Rodriguez; a solo goal by Rodriguez and a one-touch shot by Derek Hodge that found the corner of the goal.
“It felt pretty good,” Hodge said. “I got a perfect pass from Luis right on my foot. We’ve been emphasizing that in practice – one-touch shots in tight situations – and we’ve gotten a lot better.”
The Bruins could end the season tied for first place with the Bulldogs of North Bend which would require a tie-breaker game.
The Bruins will play Pacific at 4:30 on Monday and if they, and the Bulldogs, win the rest of their games there will be a tie-breaker game against North Bend on Wednesday at Pacific.