2-12-21 Preview

Minot, ND – The Minotauros cap a three week homestand this weekend with a pair of games against the Minnesota Wilderness on the Pepsi Rink at Maysa Arena on Friday and Saturday nights on Ag Appreciation Weekend.

The Tauros come in off of a weekend sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears extending the winning streak to three games.  The Tauros resurgence has been fueled by a pair of future Arizona State Sun Devils Tyler Kostelecky and Cade Stibbe who have combined for four goals and six assists over the last three games.  Kaiden Scott has also reemerged to take over the team lead with 16 points on the year including goals in each of the Tauros wins.  Damon Zimmer ended an 11 game pointless streak for his team leading eighth goal last Saturday; three of his goals came against the Wilderness in October.

The Wilderness have played 10 fewer games than the Tauros, and five fewer than any other team in the Central Division.  Despite the fewer games the Wilderness sit in fifth place two points ahead of the St. Cloud Norsemen and four points behind the Austin Bruins for the Central’s final playoff spot.  They handed the Aberdeen Wings just their second loss of the season last Friday but have dropped their last two decisions including a 4-1 loss in Austin on Wednesday.  The Wilderness’ offense is led by defensemen Grant Docter who has nine points on the season.  Fellow blue liner Bobby Metz also has nine points but they call came for the Northeast Generals, he has zero points in five games since joining Minnesota.  In goal, UND commit Kaleb Johnson has split time with Brown commit Jacob Zacharewicz.  The duo have posted almost identical numbers with Johnson posting a 2.51 GAA and .924 SV% compated to Zacharewicz’s .923 and 2.49.

The games will be the Tauros final home games prior to six games on the road.  Tickets are available through the “Tickets” tab atop this page or by clicking here.  With a relaxing of the ND Smart Restart Guidelines as North Dakota has moved into the Green Low Risk, 2020-21 Flex Tickets will once again be accepted.