by: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Brookings, SD – The Minotauros have a winning record against every team in the Central Division except for one, the Brookings Blizzard. With a 2-3-0 record against the Blizzard the Tauros have a chance to fix that record this weekend with a pair of games in Brookings. A pair of wins will not only improve the Tauros’ record against the Blizzard to 4-2-0 but it will also provide the Tauros with a chance to pass them in the standing next Wednesday when the Blizzard come to Minot for a rare weekday game.
Minot goaltender Tyler Parks has allowed 15 goals to the Blizzard starting all five of the meetings, but five of those goals came in one disastrous game which he was pulled from late in the second period. Overall on the season the St. Lawrence commit has a .920 sv% and 2.67 GAA. Drew Weigman will most likely be in the net at the other end of the ice; while he matches Parks’ .920 sv%, his GAA is only 2.56 thanks to seeing fewer shots per game. Despite his season numbers Weigman has only a .895 sv% against the Tauros.
Three different Blizzard have posted four goals against the Tauros this season; Thomas Williams, Eric Brenk, and Aiden Cavallini have all tormented Parks. Williams and Brenk are not surprising as they are the Blizzard’s top two scorers, Cavallini however has only eight goals on the season. The Tauros also have an unexpected source of goals in the series themselves. Collin Abitz, has only four goals on the season for the Tauros, but each has come against the Blizzard; one in each of the four games he has played against them. Tim Donohue has posted five points including a pair of goals against the Blizzard, also in only four games played.
Player to Watch: Aside from Abitz, Beau Ricketts has found some offense against the Blizzard with two of his three goals coming against the snowmen.
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