By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Austin, MN – After the previous night’s 14 goal shootout you knew both the Minotauros and the Bruins would come out looking to play better defense; however when Drew Anderson scored for Austin just 1:17 into the game it looked as if it was going to be another barnburner. After that the two teams settled down and the game looked a lot more like the defensive battle that was expected.
Jake McCann would draw the Tauros even later in the first period scoring a goal off a net mouth scramble that was started by Jadin Martin’s shot; Tyler Shipstad was also credited with an assist on the goal. The first period ended at a 1-1 tie.
The second and third periods saw the Bruins carry the play. Merrick Madsen did well to keep the Minotauros in the game as his mates were outshot 24-7 over the final 40 minutes. Unfortunately for the Minotauros Jay Dickman was able to beat Madsen late in the second period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead headed into the final frame. In the third period the Bruins clamped down on defense allowing the Minotauros only two shots on goal over the final 20 minutes. Martin had the Tauros best scoring chance sending a shot on net that Nick Lehr snagged just as the horn sounded to end the game.
The series now shifts to the Maysa Arena in Minot for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday nights. Both games start at 7:35 p.m., tickets are available by clicking here or on the “tickets” tab atop this page. Stay tuned to minotauroshockey.com or like us on Facebook to be the first to hear about pre-game festivities for this weekend’s games.