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Lost in the Wilderness

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

The Minotauros have struggled against teams from outside of the Central Division all season and those struggles continued this weekend.  For the first time this season the Tauros failed to earn a point on a road trip dropping a pair of games to the Minnesota Wilderness 4-2 and 3-1. 

Friday night’s game (full box) saw the Tauros fall behind 2-0 on a pair of power play goals from Darian Romanko (21g 13a) and Tyler Cline (16g 18a).  Christian Mohs (14g 30a) got the Tauros on the board with just 31 seconds remaining in the second cutting the Minnesota lead to one headed into the final period.  Jake Dittel (4g 7a) then drew the Tauros even at 2:20 of the third but the score would not remain even for long.  Cline and Romanko then added even strength goals to give the Wilderness a 4-2 lead, which they held for a final.

Saturday (full box) followed a similar script with the Tauros falling behind 2-0 by the midway point of the second period.  Mitch Snyder (1g 0a) scored at 12:51 of the third to pull the Tauros within one however with the Tauro net empty the Wilderness were able to tack on a goal for the 3-1 win.  In total the Tauros managed only nine shots on goal on the night a season low. 

The Tauros get a rare Friday night off this week before hosting the Bismarck Bobcats on Saturday.  Tickets for Saturday night’s game are available by clicking the “Tickets” tab atop this page.  Also fans who purchase season tickets for the remaining nine home games of the season will receive tickets to the Tauros first round playoff series free.