Blaine, MN – The Minot Minotauros opened their 7th season at the NAHL Showcase looking to defend last season’s Showcase championship. A bad third period however saw the Tauros snap their seven game NAHL Showcase winning streak with a 3-1 loss to the Shreveport Mudbugs.
The first ever meeting between the Tauros and Mudbugs started slowly with neither team registering a goal or even much of a scoring chance in the first period. Alex Adams however wasted little time getting the Tauros offense going in the second scoring just 29 seconds into the middle frame. For Adams it was his 30th career goal as a Tauro. Landyn Cochrane and Grant Loven picked up the helpers and their first points as Tauros on the goal.
The Tauros continued to press the attack and managed 10 shots in the period but could not break through again. At 10:25 of the second Cameron Cook scored a power play goal to draw the Mudbugs even.
The tie score lasted until the third when 2:30 in the Mudbugs Jordan Fader put a Tauro turnover into the net to give the Bugs the lead permanently. Cook added his second of the game on an empty netter to make it 3-1 Mudbugs. The Tuauros while trailing late were credited with just two shots on goal in the third. That will need to change if the Tauros are going to erase late deficits.
Next up for the Tauros is the Coulee Region Chill at 1:00 on Thursday afternoon. The Chill also looking for their first win of the season after dropping a 5-3 decision to the Northeast Generals this afternoon. Tune into the Famer’s Union Insurance Pre-Game Show on AM 1390 or www.hockeytv.com at 12:45 p.m. You can also listen live for free world wide by clicking the “Listen Live” button atop this page.
Roster News: After the game the Minotauros added defenseman Noah Ganske to the roster. Ganske was in training camp with the Fargo Force of the USHL prior to joining the Tauros. The 18 year-old played the last three seasons for Bloomington Jefferson High School in Minnesota where he posted 86 points (32 goals 54 assists) as a defenseman.