Blaine, MN – The Minotauros bounced back from a difficult loss on Wednesday night with a clear and decisive victory on Thursday beating the Jamestown Rebels 5-1. The four-goal win ties the Tauros 2016 Showcase win over Kenai River for the largest margin of victory in an NAHL Showcase game.
The Rebels John Serafin opened the scoring with Jamestown on a 5-on-3 power play after Kyle Oleksiuk and Austin Koss were sent to the penalty box. Oleksiuk was serving a bench minor for too many men on the ice while Koss went off for checking from behind. The Tauros would get their own special teams goals early in the second. First, Keenan Lund got loose on a breakaway during a stretch of 4-on-4 followed by Andrew Kangas scoring on the power play once Lincoln Erne’s penalty expired. David Raisanen kept the run of veteran scorers going netting the Tauros’ third of the period off the rush with help from Joseph Harguindeguy and Brennan Couet. Taylor Lantz capped off the offensive outburst in the second period with a power play goal from Raisanen and Fritz Belisle. Nick Strom added a fifth goal for the Tauros in third to push the final to 5-1.
Next up for the Tauros on Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase is a 10:30 a.m. game against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. The Ice Rays who also picked up their first win of the season today, topping the Tomahawks 7-3. Overall, they are 1-3-0 on the season after dropping a pair of 4-1 losses to the Shreveport Mudbugs last weekend and losing the opener of the Showcase to New Jersey. The Tauros are 1-2-0 all-time against the Ice Rays with all three meetings taking place at the Showcase.