AUSTIN — The Austin Bruins were within one goal of the Minnesota Wilderness with nine minutes to play in Saturday’s North American Hockey League game at Riverside Arena.

But the next break in the game — the key break in the game — went the Wilderness’ way, as Mitchell Allard scored his sixth goal of the season with 5:54 remaining. Minnesota’s Ethan Wolthers added a late empty-net goal as the Wilderness beat the Bruins 6-3.

The loss is the fourth in the past five games for the Bruins (8-14-4), who sit in fourth place in the NAHL Central, just two points ahead of the Wilderness (8-9-2).

John Lundy, Reggie Millette and Connor Mylymok scored for Austin. Mylymok’s goal at 10:53 of the third period pulled the Bruins within 4-3, but they couldn’t get another past Wilderness goalie Jacob Zacharewicz, who made 42 saves.

Austin outshot Minnesota 45-27; Tyler Shea made 22 stops for Austin.

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The Bruins return to action Wednesday, when they host St. Cloud at 7:05 p.m. First-place Aberdeen then makes its second trip of the month to Austin on Friday and Saturday, both games with a puck drop set for 7:05 p.m.

WILDERNESS 6, BRUINS 3

Minnesota 1-2-3—6

Austin 0-2-1—3

BOX SCORE: Wilderness 6, Bruins 3