Austin, MN – The Minotauros closed out October the same way that they opened the month, with a weekend sweep. The Aberdeen Wings were the victims at the start of October and this time it was the Austin Bruins who felt the Tauros’s wrath.
The Tauros started Friday night’s game (box score) the same way the opened the season by rolling off six in a row. Michael Talbot opened the scoring (highlight) in the middle of the first period. Then Zack Bross doubled the Tauro lead before the end of the period (highlight). Tyler Jeanson’s goal (highlight) opened the flood gates just 30 seconds into the second period and was quickly followed by Talbot’s second goal of the night (highlight). The Tauros fourth of the night chased Alex Schilling from the Bruins’ net but did not cap the Tauros offense. Alex Adams got his 7th goal of the year (highlight) followed by a Jack Murphy goal (highlight) to give the Tauros a 6-0 lead by 9:01 of the second.
Logan Haskins (highlight) and Justin Misiak (highlight) scored a couple of quick goals to start a Bruins rally but Murphy’s second goal (highlight) of the night broke the momentum going into the third. Travis Kothenbeutel scored the lone third period goal (highlight) to push the final to 7-3 Tauros. The lopsided score may have contributed to Jan Stefka and Nolan Sawchuk dropping the cloves with just 1:20 left in the game leading to them both being suspended for Saturday.
The Tauros again struck first on Saturday (box score) when Bross netted his sixth goal of the season (highlight). The goal gives Bross seven points in as many games, he has 12 points in the Tauros’ last 11 contests. Adams’ goal (highlight) in the middle of the period doubled the Tauros’ lead but was quickly answered by Tanner Dufault’s goal (highlight) sending the teams into the first break 2-1. The second period passed without a goal as did most of the third. Jon Richards’s five-on-three power play goal (highlight) with 3:12 remaining in regulation appeared to have the teams headed to overtime. But on the ensuing faceoff Richards was whistled for a crosscheck. With just 1:10 on the clock Chase Springman scored a power play goal of his own (highlight) to restore the Tauro lead 3-2 which held for the final and a Tauro sweep.
Next up for the Tauros is a weekend set with the Aberdeen Wings at the Maysa Arena to kick off a four game home stand. Friday and Saturday’s games against Aberdeen both start at 7:35 p.m. Friday’s game is sponsored by First Western Bank. Saturday night’s game will be the Circle Sanitation winter coat and clothing drive. Bring a new or gently used winter coat or clothing item which will be given to those in need before the North Dakota winter hits. Tickets for both games can be purchased by clicking the “Tickets” tab atop this page.