Brust En Fuego!
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03-18-2005, 10:50 AM
Brust En Fuego!
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Brust impenetrable as Royals record shutout over Bombers
By Matt Malinowski
Whether he was kicking away breakaways or erasing defensive breakdowns, Reading Royals goalie Barry Brust made things look relatively easy.
No acrobatic stops. No sliding post-to-post and doing the splits to keep pucks out of the net.
Sure, he had his moments when his brilliance brought rousing cheers from the fans. No doubt his finest display came early in the third period, when he deftly snagged a bullet from the point that appeared destined to get the Dayton Bombers on the board.
But for much of the game, Brust made the majority of his 31 saves in a 2-0 ECHL win over the Bombers at the Sovereign Center look seemingly routine.
That's not to insinuate they were routine. Many - perhaps too many - were quality efforts in prime scoring areas.
And each time Brust swallowed them up or brushed them aside, much of the time controlling rebounds in the process.
But maybe the play that showed exactly how well things are going for Brust didn't even come on an official shot.
About 14 minutes into the second period, Brust came out of his net to glove a fluttering puck. He jumped and missed and the puck bounced into the goal crease, where a myriad of Royals kept it out of the net.
“Yeah, the luck of the Irish must have been on my side on that one,” Brust said. “Any time a puck is above the boards here, it gets real tough to see. I had it, and then kind of lost it.
“It was a bit of a dumb play by me, but fortunately I'm getting those breaks right now because that could have been a game-changing goal.”
Reading took a 1-0 lead with 33 seconds left in the first period when Graig Mischler collected his own rebound and neatly tucked the puck past the goal line for a power-play goal.
The score stayed that way after two periods because of Brust's brilliance - his error on the pop-up not withstanding.
He stopped a breakaway, which was followed by a flurry in front. He turned aside a wrister on a two-on-one. He erased several good opportunities in tight.
Reading got an insurance goal from Preston Mizzi with 6:58 left in the third period.
“There's no question Brust won us the game tonight,” Royals coach Derek Clancey said. “I think they outworked us and we got a couple of lucky breaks.
“I don't think we have played overly well the last couple of weeks, and he has been a big factor in our wins. But you can't ride him forever, and guys have to bring a better effort. He played outstanding, but he got way too much work. I don't want my goalies getting that kind of work every night.”
Well, even if the Royals aren't performing up to Clancey's expectations, Brust is proving he can win games on his own.
He is 6-0-0 with three shutouts in his last six starts. He is 9-0-1 in his last 11 games and improved to 22-8-3 this season.
Right now, scoring on him hardly is easy.