By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Minot, ND – The Minotauros and Bobcats offenses had struggled coming into the weekend series and thanks to stellar goaltending from Tyler Parks and Aaron Nelson that trend continued at the Maysa arena on Friday night. Then, on Saturday, the teams were kept off the scoreboard by a new opponent – weather, as the Tauros were unable to get to Bismarck due to hazardous weather conditions on the road between the North Dakota rivals. The missed game has been rescheduled for March 14th at 7:15 p.m. in Bismarck.
Bismarck came out firing in the first period of Friday’s game outshooting the Tauros 14-7. Parks however was equal to the task and kept the second place Bobcats off of the board. The game remained scoreless until late in the second when Cory Chapman scored a power play goal to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. The Tauros would answer back less than two minutes later however with a power play strike of the their own. Steven Sherman drew a hooking call on Matt Anders at 18:06 of the second, and then with the Tauros on the power play a cross check on Nate Repensky. During the resulting five-on-three Jake O’Borsky then put home the rebound of a Mason Morelli point shot to even the game at one.
The third period passed scoreless and the game headed to overtime. Neither team was able to get much offensive pressure going early in the extra frame and it appeared that the game would head to a shootout. However after a failed clearing attempt Ryan Callahan threw the puck towards the Tauros net and it caromed off of a couple of bodies before surprising Parks and finding twine to give the Bobcats the extra point.
Next Up: This weekend the Tauros head to Brookings for a pair of games with the Blizzard. Friday, February 8th, is the Tauros’ Buffalo Wings and Rings February Road Watch Party. Tickets for the party are still available here or by clicking the tickets tab atop this page. Tickets include all you can eat wings and all you can drink soda or beer starting at $15.00 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and puck drop is at 7:00 p.m.