The Tauros enter the weekend with a chance to pull as far as seven points ahead of the pack in the Central Division. Currently the Tauros have a three-point lead on second place Austin, and four point lead on third place Aberdeen. With Aberdeen off and a Bismarck sweep of Austin the Tauros could find themselves starting to pull away. Meanwhile the Blizzard come in already desperate, they are 13 points behind the Wilderness and 15 points behind Bismarck for the division’s final playoff spot. The Blizzard have the worst record in the NAHL (2-13-2) and just six points in the standings; Chippewa, the team with the next fewest has 12. Friday also marks the return of former Tauro Ryan Green who was traded to Brookings three weeks ago.
The Tauros come in winners of four of the last five games including a three game winning streak the moved the Tauros back into first place in the Central. Didrik Henbrant has six points over the last six games including five goals. Keenan Lund still leads the Tauros overall with 21 points on six goals and 15 assists. Defenseman Lincoln Erne is tied with three others for third on the team in scoring, and his +17 rating is second best in the entire NAHL. In goal Nicholas Grabko was named NAHL Central Star of the Week for his stellar play in Austin last weekend; his .933 SV% is ranked fourth in the league.
Overall the Tauros are third in the league scoring 3.84 goals per game and second in goals against allowing just 2.21. In four games against the Blizzard the Tauros have outscored Brookings 25-4. Erne leads the team with seven points against the Blizzard on a goal and six assists. Henbrants, Andrew Kangas, and David Raisanen all have six points on three goals and three assists.
The Blizzard have struggled out of the gate with just two wins in 17 outings. They are last in the league scoring just 1.71 goals per game and allowing 4.53 goals against per game. Gabe Wahl leads the team with eight points on two goals and six helpers. Four players, Sam Antenuncci, Shane Hathaway, Luke Aquaro, and Bud Winter, are all tied with a team best three goals. Brendan Aird has two assists against the Tauros to lead Brookings scorers in the season series and is second overall on the team with seven points.
In goal Jack Caruso has both of Brookings wins and has played nine of Brookings’ 17 games. McLean Dorr and George McBey have split backup duties with neither goaltender able to find their first win yet. In total Brookings goalies have posted an .875 SV% and 4.47 GAA.
Tickets and Promotions
Tickets for both games are available through the “Tickets” tab atop this page or by clicking here. After Saturday nights game the Minotauros will auction their Military Appreciation Jerseys.
Friday night’s game is sponsored by Heart of Our City who will be on hand collecting food for local food pantries. Saturday’s game is sponsored by NextHome Agent Alex Louser. Minotauros games also will remain a collection point for the Circle Sanitation Winter Coat Drive throughout the month of November.