Minot, ND – For the second year in a row the Minotauros lost on the season’s opening day at the NAHL Showcase, this time to the Northeast Generals. The Tauros are now 1-7-0 all-time on the first day of the Showcase, with their lone win coming in 2016 when they won the Showcase title. The Tauros are 3-3-1 all-time on Day 2 of the Showcase including a current three game winning streak which started in 2015 against the Aston Rebels. Coincidentally, it is the Rebels, now located in Jamestown, NY, who will provide the opposition today on Day 2 of the Showcase.
Scoring came early and often last night as the Tauros and General combined for 90 shots on goal and 12 goals. The Generals scored 33 seconds into the game and by the end of the first the Tauros trailed 3-2. A pair of veterans Taylor Lantz and Andrew Kangas had the goals for the Tauros. Kangas then got his second of the night 22 seconds into the second with the Tauros on the power play to pull the game even 3-3. A pair of goals in the middle of the period ended Nick Grabko’s night and brought Ben Garrity into the game. Lincoln Erne scored from the point late in the period to pull the Tauros back within one headed into the third period. After Northeast scored early in the period Keenan Lund pulled the Tauros back within one. After some end-to-end action the Generals scored again to push the final to 7-5.
Now the Tauros turn their attention to the Jamestown Rebels. The Rebels won yesterday behind a big first period in which they scored three goals on 10 shots. After that the Chippewa Steel outshot the Rebels 23-12 but could only score twice and the Rebels won 3-2.
Puck drop for today’s game is at 1:00 p.m. with the Farmer’s Union Pregame Show starting at 12:45 on HockeyTV, Minot’s Classic Hits AM 1390 KRRZ, and GoTauros.com.