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Ready and Rolling

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

Minot, ND – The best start in Minotauros history continued this week as the Minotauros swept the Aberdeen Wings.  Coming off of a 4-0-0 showing at the NAHL Showcase the Tauros opened divisional play with a dominant performance over the Wings as they improved to 6-0-0 to start the year.

On Friday night (full box) the Tauros opened the scoring early in the second when Alex Adams netted his third goal of the season on a tip from the slot (highlight).  Derek Frentz doubled the Tauros lead on an odd man rush later in the period (highlight) finishing a nice pass from Adams into a wide open Aberdeen net.  Luke Davison had secondary assists on both of the Tauros second period goals.  Shawn Knowlton scored 1:14 into the final frame to make it interesting down the stretch but Adams hit the empty net in the final seconds (highlight) to ice the victory away.  In total Lucas Murray made 22 saves in improving to 3-0-0 on the season getting the win in net for the Tauros.

Saturday night (full box) the Tauros again did not open the scoring until the second period when Kyle Craddick scored his first goal as a Tauro finishing on a 2-on-1 with Nate Pionk (highlight). Then the Tauros pulled away in the third period.  Jack Murphy scored his second of the season on a tip play from the doorstep (highlight) followed by Miroslav Mucha (highlight) and Brock Montgomery (highlight) each netting their first goals in crème and cardinal to push the final to 4-0.  Eric Dop made 32 saves in the shutout.

Next up for the Tauros is a trip to Aberdeen for the Wings home opener on Friday night followed by a return to the Maysa for the first meeting with the rival Bismarck Bobcats on Saturday night.

Good First Impression

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

Blaine, MN – The Minotauros got off to a strong start beating the Kenai River Brown Bears by a 4-0 score Wednesday at the NAHL Showcase.  10 different players posted points and Lucas Murray made all 25 saves required of him as the Tauros cruised to victory (box score).Murray Showcase 1

Chase Springman (1g 0a) opened the scoring just 23 seconds into the game scoring on the Tauros first shot of the season.  Tyler Jeanson (0g 1a) made the pass that set up the goal as the duo crossed the blue line on a 2-on-1 rush.   Reid Stefanson (1g 0a) doubled the Tauros’ lead late in first with his first goal as a Tauro sending the Tauros into the room up 2-0 after one.

The second passed without scoring despite the Tauros outshooting Kenai 22-7 in the middle frame.  Then in the third the Tauros new Captain Jake Dittel struck on the power play to make it 3-0 Tauros.  Alex Adams (1g 0a) added and exclamation point late in the third to push the final to 4-0. Derek Frentz had assists on both third period goals to join Adam, who assisted on Stefanson’s goal, as the only Tauros with multiple points.

Next up for the Tauros on day two of the NAHL Showcase is a date with the Lone Star Brahmas.  The Brahmas come in off of a 4-1 win over the Bismarck Bobcats in which they outshot the Cats 32-19.  Lone Star posted 87 points last season in finishing second in the South Division.  Puck drop is at 7:15, the Planet Pizza Pregame Show starts at 7:00 on the Minotauros Network.

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6th “C”

By: Ken Oda

Minot, ND – The Minotauros have named defenseman Jake Dittel as the sixth captain in franchise history.  Dittel follows Jarred Brandt, Jon Lizotte, Tim Donohue, Derek Tylka, and Ben Hughes as players to wear the “C” on their jersey.  The Tauros again will go with a rotating group of assistant captains with Zach Bross, Derek Frentz, Tyler Jeanson, and Chase Springman all getting an “A” on their jerseys.

Like last season’s captain Brandt, Dittel is in his third and final season with the Tauros.  He becomes the third consecutive defenseman to wear the “C” for the Tauros.  Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray explained his choice of Dittel saying; “he’s been here for three years he’s a very competitive guy, he brings his work boots every day, he’s all about what the Minotauros are.”

Dittel, who has posted 8 goals and 29 assists in his first two seasons in Minot alo_09A1531ng with a +26 rating, was honored to be selected, “it’s a huge opportunity following Jon Lizotte and Jared Brandt as captain, but all of the veterans will have a leadership role.”  He also said he has learned how to be a captain from watching Lizotte and Brandt, “they showed the key is to be the best leader you can be off the ice and then give everything for 60 minutes on ice.”

As for the assistant captain group Murray said; “they’re all capable of being leaders on the team and bring a lot to the table as far as our team success so, happy to give them all responsibility and we expect them to lead the way both on and off the ice.”   Like Dittel, Springman is going into his third and final season as a Tauro; Bross, Frentz, and Jeanson are all in their second seasons in Minot.

The Tauros begin their sixth season Wednesday afternoon at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN, where the Tauros take on the Kenai River Brown Bears.  The puck drops at 4:00 p.m. with the pregame show starting at 3:45 on all three outlets of the Minotauros Network (1390 AM KRRZ, fasthockey.com, and prostyleproduction.com).