Big Cat Hunting

Nov 1, 2019

Friday: Tauros at Bobcats, VFW Sports Center, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday: Tauros vs. Bobcats, Maysa Arena, 7:35 p.m. Sponsored by First International Bank & Trust

Saturday Giveaway: FIBT Koozies and Foam Pucks when you bring a canned food item donation

Minot, ND – The Minotauros and Bismarck Bobcats kick off the 2019-20 Subway ND Cup this weekend with a home-and-home series that starts in Bismarck on Friday and then moves to Minot on Saturday night.  The series pits the top two teams in the Central Division against each other for the first time this season.  The Bobcats currently sit in first place with a 9-1-2 record and 20 points while the Tauros are just a point behind at 8-1-3 and 19 points.

On offense the teams have been nearly identical and dominant posting 47 goals each in just 12 games played. Their 3.92 goals-per-game has the teams tied for third in the league.  Each team’s leading scorer, the Tauros Nik Armstrong-Kingkade (9g 7a) and Bismarck’s Grant Johnson (5g 11a), has 16 points on the year.  As one would expect from teams posting almost four goals a game they each have deep rosters, with the Tauros having 23 players with at least one point and the Bobcats 22 player who have made the scoresheet; both have four players in the double digits.

While the offenses have both been stellar and the results similar, the Tauros defense has not been as strong as Bismarck’s.  The Tauros allow 30.75 shots-per-game (13th in the league) and 3.33 goals-per-game (17th).  Meanwhile the Cats’ defense has been just as good as their offense, allowing just 25.00 shots-per-game (4th) and 1.83 goals-per-game (4th).

With both the Tauros and Bobcats boasting strong rosters this season the Subway ND Cup rivalry should be hotter than ever.  Tickets for tonight’s game in Bismarck are available through the Bobcats ticketing site; tickets for Saturday’s game in Minot are available here or through the “Tickets” tab atop this page.

FILL THE BIN: Every Tauros game this month fans are invited to “Fill the Bin” as Circle Sanitation collects coats and other winter weather clothing items for those in need.  We ask that fans bring new or gently used items to the games and put them in the Circle Sanitation bins at the main entrance, the Tauros and Circle Sanitation will do it from there getting the coats to Minot area families in need.