Back On Track

The Tauros bounced back from their first losses of the season last weekend by taking three of four points from the Brookings Blizzard this weekend.  The Tauros fell in overtime on Friday night in a seesaw affair before getting a win on Saturday in what may have been the Tauros final game in the old Maysa Arena.

Friday night (box score) it was the Blizzard who struck first when Zack Mitchell redirected a point shot past Lucas Murray (highlight).  Charles  Weiand answered back (highlight) for the Tauros with a slapshot off of a faceoff for his first goal as a Tauro.  However Cade Borchardt scored on the power play (highlight) for his first of the night to put the Blizzard back ahead. Chase Springman answered that just 40 seconds later scoring his first goal since 23 seconds into the first game of the year (highlight).  But before the period ended the Blizzard took their third lead of the game when Brandon Kruse capitalized on a turnover in close (highlight).

The Tauros bounced back in the second rattling off three goals from Zack Bross (highlight), Alex Adams (highlight), and Kyle Craddick (highlight) to take a 5-3 lead.  Chase Brand however scored another power play goal for Brookings (highlight) to make it a one goal game headed into the third.  For the second game in a row the Tauros could not protect the slimmest of leads in the in final frame as Doug Larson found a rebound and tied the game (highlight).  The game went to overtime and despite the Tauros getting chances early it was Borchardt who found the game winner just 1:34 in (highlight) to end it.

Saturday night (box score) Tyler Jeanson opened the scoring for the Tauros (highlight) on the rush for his first of the season.  Miroslav Mucha finished on a give and go play to put the Tauros up 2-0 (highlight); but Kruse answered two minutes later (highlight) to cut it back to a one goal game.  Once again the the second period belonged to the Tauros with Adams scoring on a wrister from a tight angle (highlight) and Derek Frentz (highlight) scoring on a rebound to push it to 4-1 Tauros through 40 minutes.  Larson added another third period goal (highlight) for Brookings to get them within striking distance but the Tauros closed out the game strong for a 4-2 win.

Next up for the Tauros is a South Dakota swing going to Brookings on Friday and Aberdeen on Saturday.  The Tauros stay on the road the following weekend going to Austin to take on the Bruins for the first time this season.