By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Minot, ND – The Minotauros are riding a four game winning streak, and have won seven of their last nine games. The Tauros strong play of late has the team feeling confident and moving up in the standings. With the first place Austin Bruins coming to the Maysa for a pair this weekend the Tauros have a chance to prove just how far they have come.
The Bruins come in off of a rare loss, having dropped a 4-3 decision in Aberdeen last Friday. Leading scored Brandon Wahlin has 35 points on the season (10g 25a) to not just lead the Bruins but also the entire NAHL. John Simonson and A.J. Reid are next up on the Bruins with 25 points apiece which has them tied for 10th in the league. In net Nicholas Lehr has carried the water for the Bruins, playing in 18 of their 23 games; Lehr has a .906 SV% and 2.78 GAA.
Jake O’Borsky has been the engine of the Tauros offense since his arrival with 20 points in 14 games played. Jadin Martin has 14 points over the last 10 games which has been a key to the team’s strong play of late. The Tauros have also been getting offense from the blue line of late with both Chance Creger and David Dalbec having two goals each over the last five games. Tyler Parks has been getting better and better as well for the Tauros with a .939 SV% over his last four starts for a 1.97 GAA.
Player to Watch: Wes Iverson, has nine points (5g 4a) over the last nine games, including a goal and an assist in the Tauros win in Austin on November 9th.
Roster Moves: The Tauros will be without Denis Dalidovich who has temporarily left the team to represent Belarus in the World Juniors. Joining the Tauros this week is Zach Holstrom from the Fresno Monsters. Holsmtrom's acquisition completes the Dan Sherer trade which had already brought the Tauros Dalbec and Carl Witty who is currently injured.
How To Watch: Tickets are still available for the game by clicking on the “Tickets” tab atop this page. The game can also be seen on fasthockey.com.