By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Minot, ND – The second season of the in-state rivalry with the Bismarck Bobcats has gone much better for the Minotauros. After last season’s 1-10-1 record against the Cats the Tauros took the first two meetings this season as well as a November 13th, exhibition game in Dickinson. The Bobcats broke through with a win in Bismarck last Friday and now come to Minot to continue the rivalry.
At this point with four meetings in the last month there is not much that the two squads have yet to learn about each other. Both teams have strong goaltending in the Tauros Tyler Parks, and Bismarck’s Aaron Nelson. Each also has eight goals in the season series and the Bobcats lead the shot total 98-95.
The Bobcats are lead on offense by Patrick Moore and Adam Knochenmus who have 28 and 27 points respectively. The pair also lead the Cats against the Tauros with three points each, including Knochenmus’s two goals against the Tauros last Friday.
The Tauros’ offense has been lead by Jake O’Borsky’s 21 points and Jadin Martin’s 20 points. Tim Donohue returns from injury this weekend which should give the Tauros offense a boost. With 11 points in 15 games the Tauros’ captain had been leading the Tauros in scoring before he was injured in Fresno on November 2nd.
Player to Watch: Tim Donohue, was the Tauros best player at the time of his injury and as captain is also one of the team’s emotional leaders.
Game Night Promotions: Saturday night’s game will be the Trinity Health Teddy Bear Toss. Bring a new teddy bear in a plastic bag and when the Tauros score their first goal throw it to the ice. The bears will be given to children at Trinity Hospital. All weekend if you wear a Santa hat to the game you get $2.00 off of your ticket.
Watch the Game: Both games start at 7:35 and tickets are still available by clicking the tickets tab atop this page. If you can not make it to the Maysa watch the game on fasthockey.com.