The first place Tauros come in with a three-point lead on the Austin Bruins for the division’s top spot. Aberdeen comes in sitting in third place just four points back of the Tauros, but the Wings have also played three fewer games. This will be the Wings first trip to the Maysa since last season’s playoffs, the Tauros split a weekend set in Aberdeen in mid-October. Both teams have been playing well of late with the Tauros going 8-2-0 over their last 10 games while the Wings have gone 7-2-1.
The Tauros offense remains one of the top in the league, ranked third overall with 3.81 goals per game. Keenan Lund continues to lead the offense with 22 points on six goals and 16 assists. Didrik Henbrant leads the team with 10 goals and is second in points with 18. David Raisanen is tied with Henbrant at 18 points on seven goals and 11 helpers. Taylor Lantz scored in his return from injury last Saturday and has two goals against the Wings this season; despite missing four games Lantz is still fourth on the team with 17 points. With eight players having at least 15 points the Tauros have more scoring depth than anyone in the league, in fact three teams still do not have one 15-point player.
Defensively the Tauros have tumbled a bit in the rankings falling to eighth in the league allowing 2.52 goals per game. However, while the Tauros have allowed 53 goals in 21 games 14 of them have come in just two contests, not counting those two games the Tauros have allowed 39 goals in their other 19 contests for an average of 2.05 which would be second in the league.
The Wings statistically are very similar to the Tauros ranked one spot behind the Tauros on offense (4th) with 3.72 goals per game and one spot ahead on defense (7th) allowing 2.50 goals against per contest. Jonathan Bendorf leads all Central Division scorers with 23 points. Veterans Nic Sicoly and Joe Strada are tied for second on the team with 16 points apiece. Matt Vernon has taken the lion’s share of the work in net for the Wings playing in 16 of their 18 games including starting the last seven in a row.
Tickets and Promotions
Tickets are available through the tickets tab atop this page or by clicking here for Friday or Saturday. Friday is Pack the Pepsi night sponsored by Pepsi of Minot. The Minotauros will be debuting their alternate black jerseys for Black Friday. Every fan through the door on Friday will receive a free scratch card with a chance to win $10,000! Every card has a winning combination, only the first fan to correctly scratch their card and bring the winning card to the Maysa Arena press box will win the $10,000 prize.
Saturday is sponsored by Farmers Insurance Agents Miranda Schuler, Ben Johnson, and Kellen Latendresse. The first 500 fans through the door get a Tauros magnet schedule from Farmers Insurance. Farmers will also be giving away a Tauros jersey signed by the entire team, a $50 Scheels gift card, and a $25 HighAir Ground gift card.