Minot, ND – The Minotauros moved back into second place in the NAHL Central with a convincing sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness this weekend. The wins, by a combined score of 12-3 came with most of the players families in the building as the Minotauros celebrated their annual Family Weekend. The wins also made the Tauros just the fifth team in the NAHL to reach the 30-win mark.
Friday night the Minotauros opened family weekend in grand fashion scoring just thirty seconds into the game with a tic-tac-toe passing play that ended with Keenan Lund scoring his 16th of the season. The Tauros controlled the play for most of the period finishing with a 12-4 shot advantage and a 2-0 lead after Wilmer Skoog scored his 15th of the season with the Tauros on the power play. Tauros leading scorer David Raisanen added his 20th of the season in the second as the Tauros continued to control the play outshooting the Wilderness 17-6 in the period bringing the game total to 29-10. The Wilderness pushed back early in the third with Nate Horn breaking Nicholas Grabko’s shutout bid just 1:57 into the final period. The Tauros then broke the game open, Kevin Ness scored his sixth of the season 5:39 into the period and the Didrik Henbrant added his 13th and 14th all within 2:14. Skoog then added his second of the game with a lacrosse style goal to make it 7-1 followed by Raisanen scoring again to make it 8-1. Ben Ward closed the scoring with just under two minutes left to cut the final score to 8-2.
Saturday night the Tauros continued their dominance of the play outshooting the Wilderness 22-7 through the first 40 minutes. University of North Dakota commit Kaleb Johnson kept the Tauros at bay for the first half hour but Henbrant broke through for his third of the weekend. Luke Dow tied the game just under two minutes later but again the Tauros response was strong. Captain Fritz Belisle restored the Tauro lead at 15:20 of the second with a shot off of a faceoff and by the end of the period Henbrant had his fourth of the weekend and Vince Marino had pushed the Tauro lead to 4-1. Johnson and Tauro goaltender Ben Garrity stopped every shot in the third to see the 4-1 score hold as the final.
Next up for the Tauros is their final two regular season meetings with the Bismarck Bobcats. Bismarck comes to the Maysa Arena on Wednesday before the Tauros head to Bismarck on Saturday. The Bobcats currently lead the Subway ND Cup standings by one point meaning the Tauros need to sweep the week to keep the rivalry trophy in Minot. Tickets for Wednesday’s game are available through the “Tickets” tab atop this page.