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Ready and Rolling

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

Minot, ND – The best start in Minotauros history continued this week as the Minotauros swept the Aberdeen Wings.  Coming off of a 4-0-0 showing at the NAHL Showcase the Tauros opened divisional play with a dominant performance over the Wings as they improved to 6-0-0 to start the year.

On Friday night (full box) the Tauros opened the scoring early in the second when Alex Adams netted his third goal of the season on a tip from the slot (highlight).  Derek Frentz doubled the Tauros lead on an odd man rush later in the period (highlight) finishing a nice pass from Adams into a wide open Aberdeen net.  Luke Davison had secondary assists on both of the Tauros second period goals.  Shawn Knowlton scored 1:14 into the final frame to make it interesting down the stretch but Adams hit the empty net in the final seconds (highlight) to ice the victory away.  In total Lucas Murray made 22 saves in improving to 3-0-0 on the season getting the win in net for the Tauros.

Saturday night (full box) the Tauros again did not open the scoring until the second period when Kyle Craddick scored his first goal as a Tauro finishing on a 2-on-1 with Nate Pionk (highlight). Then the Tauros pulled away in the third period.  Jack Murphy scored his second of the season on a tip play from the doorstep (highlight) followed by Miroslav Mucha (highlight) and Brock Montgomery (highlight) each netting their first goals in crème and cardinal to push the final to 4-0.  Eric Dop made 32 saves in the shutout.

Next up for the Tauros is a trip to Aberdeen for the Wings home opener on Friday night followed by a return to the Maysa for the first meeting with the rival Bismarck Bobcats on Saturday night.

Finding A Way

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

Blaine, MN – After an emotional win on Thursday night the Minotauros came out of the gate slow on Friday afternoon in a quick turnaround game.  The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights outshot the Tauros 12-7 in the first and scored the period’s only goal when Jimmy Elser got loose on a breakaway and beat Austin Park for a 1-0 lead.

Elser’s goal to open the scoring was the first time that the Tauros trailed all season, and after a bad first period the team deserved to be behind on the scoreboard.  But the Tauros bounced back in the final two periods, in outshooting the Knights 33-17 over the final 40 minutes.  Still it took until the final minute of the second period for the Tauros to break through the solid goaltending of Colt HanksReid Stefanson scored his second goal of the season from below the goal line with the Tauros on the power play.  Stefanson appeared to be trying to pass to Nolan Sawchuk, who had snuck in from the point, at the back post but the puck bounced in to the net to tie the game at 1-1.

The Tauros finally took the lead with just 6:18 to play when Zack Bross created space for Spencer Zwiener to score on the rush.  Bross made a smart play in the neutral zone faking that he was going to play the puck back to the defense before turning to attack.  After Zwiener received the puck Bross continued to drive the net taking a pair of defenders with him and Hanks never saw Zwiener’s shot through the traffic giving the Tauros a 2-1 edge.

Park made all 17 saves required of him in the final two periods to protect the lead and the Tauros scored their first comeback win of the season.

Next Up: Now the Tauros move on to Day 4 of the NAHL Showcase and the defending Robertson Cup Champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs.  The Tauros and the Amarillo Bulls are the only remaining undefeated teams at the Showcase, meaning an Amarillo loss to 4-1-0 Janesville would set the Tauros up for a chance to be the only undefeated team at the Showcase.  Amarillo currently holds a one goal edge in goal differential meaning if the Bulls win tomorrow the Tauros would need to win by a larger margin to be named Showcase Champions.  The Ice Dogs swept a three game set with Topeka before the Showcase and then won on the opening day in Blaine.  Since then they dropped an overtime game to Austin and lost 3-0 to Odessa.  Season Ticket Holders can pick up their tickets, watch the game, and enjoy a complimentary meal from Delissimo tomorrow starting at 5:30 at the Maysa Arena. Puck drop is at 6:15 on the Minotauros Network.

Showcase Signed Pucks: The Tauros are auctioning off signed pucks by every goal scorer on DASH Digital Auction Showdown.  Dash the official auction partner of the NAHL and the Tauros will have unique memorabilia and fan experience opportunities for fans throughout the season.  Go to www.dashapp.io or search “Dash Auctions” in the app store to win today.  Make sure to get the Dash App before Monday when the Tauros will announce a unique fan experiences for the home opening weekend!

Bullish

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

Blaine, MN – The Minotauros and Lone Star Brahmas promised to be one of the marquee match-ups of the 2016 NAHL Showcase, and the two clubs didn’t disappoint.  The Tauros finished last season with the 6th best record in the NAHL and the Brahmas the 3rd.   The two teams met in a packed arena on Sheet 4 of the Schwann Super Rink and put on a fantastic show for fans and scouts alike.

The first two periods passed without a goal but as momentum switched back and forth between the teams the stellar play in the Tauros net by Eric Dop became the early story.  Coming off of the previous games season opening shutout by Lucas Murray it started to feel as if the 2016/17 Tauros would never give up a goal.  However despite hitting two posts the Tauros could not solve Brahmas’ goaltender Austin Smith either and despite 40 minutes of hockey the teams entered the third period in a scoreless tie.

However with just 6 seconds remaining in the second Justin Addamo was whistled for roughing on a post-whistle scrum in the Tauros’ crease and that penalty carried over to the start of the third.  The Tauros finally broke through when Alex Adams redirected Jake Dittel’s shot from the point past Smith to open the scoring at 1:05 of the third.  Lone Star pushed back turning the momentum back in their favor with physical play and eventually Grayson Gavin was called for roughing after retaliating after a scrum along the wall got out of hand.  Austin O’Rouke scored on the ensuing power play, ending the Tauros season opening shutout streak at 112:54 and knotting the game up at 1-1.

The rest of the third period passed just as the first two periods; without a goal, and the teams went to overtime.  The teams traded chances playing three-on-three and with just under 2 minutes left in the extra session Nolan Sawchuk found Jack Murphy with space at the Lone Star blue line.  Murphy’s shot was stopped but Smith left a rebound and Gavin, fresh off the bench from a change hammered it home to give the Tauros the win.

Next up for the Tauros is Day 3 of the 14th Annual NAHL Showcase and a 2:15 p.m. start against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights.  The Knights are 2-4-0 on the season including a 1-1-0 record at the Showcase.  After a hard fought battle with Lone Star and playing three games in as many days the Tauros have reached the portion of the Showcase in which fatigue may become a factor.  However the Knights played last weekend and then traveled to the Showcase from Pennsylvania and should be just as fatigued as the Tauros.

6th “C”

By: Ken Oda

Minot, ND – The Minotauros have named defenseman Jake Dittel as the sixth captain in franchise history.  Dittel follows Jarred Brandt, Jon Lizotte, Tim Donohue, Derek Tylka, and Ben Hughes as players to wear the “C” on their jersey.  The Tauros again will go with a rotating group of assistant captains with Zach Bross, Derek Frentz, Tyler Jeanson, and Chase Springman all getting an “A” on their jerseys.

Like last season’s captain Brandt, Dittel is in his third and final season with the Tauros.  He becomes the third consecutive defenseman to wear the “C” for the Tauros.  Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray explained his choice of Dittel saying; “he’s been here for three years he’s a very competitive guy, he brings his work boots every day, he’s all about what the Minotauros are.”

Dittel, who has posted 8 goals and 29 assists in his first two seasons in Minot alo_09A1531ng with a +26 rating, was honored to be selected, “it’s a huge opportunity following Jon Lizotte and Jared Brandt as captain, but all of the veterans will have a leadership role.”  He also said he has learned how to be a captain from watching Lizotte and Brandt, “they showed the key is to be the best leader you can be off the ice and then give everything for 60 minutes on ice.”

As for the assistant captain group Murray said; “they’re all capable of being leaders on the team and bring a lot to the table as far as our team success so, happy to give them all responsibility and we expect them to lead the way both on and off the ice.”   Like Dittel, Springman is going into his third and final season as a Tauro; Bross, Frentz, and Jeanson are all in their second seasons in Minot.

The Tauros begin their sixth season Wednesday afternoon at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN, where the Tauros take on the Kenai River Brown Bears.  The puck drops at 4:00 p.m. with the pregame show starting at 3:45 on all three outlets of the Minotauros Network (1390 AM KRRZ, fasthockey.com, and prostyleproduction.com).

Tauros 20 Questions: Jeffrey Fasegha

Photo credit: Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion

Minot, ND – As the 2016/17 NAHL season draws near we are giving Tauros fans a chance to meet all of the new members of the club as well as learn a little more about the returning Tauros.  We will play 20 questions with a different Tauro every day from now until the NAHL Showcase going in number order, today we catch up with NAHL veteran defenseman #27 Jeffrey Fasegha.

Fasegha comes to Minot after playing last season for the Kenai River Brown Bears.  The big defenseman posted 5 goals and 8 assists with the Bears in 50 games.  Fasegha did show prowess on the power play for the Bears with 3 of his goals and 5 of his assists coming while up a man.  A ’97 birth year Fasegha has two years of eligibility remaining for the Tauros.

From the Coaches’ Office: Jeff is a player with a year of experience in our league. We are not overly big on the blueline, and Jeff provides some much needed size and physical play. Jeff is the type of guy that the simpler he plays, the better. He needs to be a strong defensive presence and get the puck in the forwards hands. – Marty Murray

20 Questions  

Do you have a nickname: Segs

Older/younger siblings: Older sister (21)

Favorite NHL team/player: Calgary Flames / Jarome Iginla

What inspired you to start playing hockey: Watching Jarome Iginla playing for the Flames

Pregame routine: I usually nap, eat, shower, and then head to the rink

Ideal pregame meal: Chicken Parm

Any hockey superstitions: Im not superstitious, but I’m a little stitious

Best hockey memory: Winning Esso Minor Hockey week in Calgary

Aside from people, what will you miss most from home: The food

Do you believe in ghosts or aliens: I believe in ghosts for sure, not so much in aliens

Favorite vacation spot: Jamaica

Least favorite word: Hate

Favorite candy bar: Crunchie

Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni

What song would you sing for Karaoke: Don’t Matter – Akon

Favorite cartoon as a kid: Spongebob Squarepants

Do you have a hidden talent: I play the guitar

What’s your dream car: Mercedes Benz Maybach

If you could have one superpower what would it be: Time travel

If you had to go on a reality show which one would you choose: Amazing Race

Tauros 20 Questions: Luke Davison

Minot, ND – As the 2016/17 NAHL season draws near we are giving Tauros fans a chance to meet all of the new members of the club as well as learn a little more about the returning Tauros.  We will play 20 questions with a different Tauro every day from now until the NAHL Showcase going in number order, today we catch up with veteran defenseman #26 Luke Davison.

Davison goes into his final year of junior looking to bounce back from a season ending injury.  Before going on injured reserve in late January Davison posted a goal and 6 assists through 37 games in his second season in Minot.  For his career Davison is +16 in 85 regular season games as a Tauro and +2 in 8 playoff games.

From the Coaches’ Office: Luke is coming off season ending surgery and has looked strong in camp thus far.  It’s natural to be a little tentative coming off surgery, but after getting past that stage, Luke looks comfortable back on the ice.  He has a lot of upside whether it be moving the puck or playing with some physicality.  The biggest thing for him with this being his third year of junior hockey, will be keeping it simple and letting the puck do the work.  I’m hopeful he can come back stronger than ever post surgery. – Marty Murray

20 Questions  

Do you have a nickname: Davy

Older/younger siblings: Anna, Ellen, Nick, Tim – all older

Favorite NHL team/player: Ottawa Senators/ Duncan Keith

What inspired you to start playing hockey: My dad built a rink in my backyard for my brothers and I.

Pregame routine: Nap, eat, get to rink and change into undergear, tape stick, stetch.

Ideal pregame meal: Shrimp Alfredo

Any hockey superstitions: everything on the left goes on first when getting dressed

Best hockey memory: Winning the WI high school state championship

Aside from people, what will you miss most from home: Being able to golf a couple times a week

Do you believe in ghosts or aliens: Ghosts

Favorite vacation spot: Minoqua Wisconsin

Least favorite word: Moist

Favorite candy bar: Tie between Snickers and Butterfingers

Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni

What song would you sing for Karaoke: Juke Box Hero by Foreigner

Favorite cartoon as a kid: None, was always on the rink, no time for TV

Do you have a hidden talent: Karaoke

What’s your dream car: Ford Raptor

If you could have one superpower what would it be: Being able to read people’s minds

If you had to go on a reality show which one would you choose: The Bachelor

Preseason Update

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

Minot, ND – The Minotauros have gone 2-1-0 in the preseason after defeating the Estevan Bruins on Saturday night by a score of 3-0 and splitting a pair of games with the Bismarck Bobcats last week.  The Tauros have two remaining scrimmages before the regular season begins scheduled for this weekend with the Fargo Force.  Both scrimmages will be practices, with two run-time halves instead of the traditional three stop-time periods and will feature set special teams situations as opposed to waiting for penalties to be called as part of the play.

The first of the two practices will now take place at 2:30 p.m. in Fargo on Friday, September 16th.  Then on Saturday, the teams come to Minot for a 7:30 p.m. start which, thanks to the hard work of the Minot Park District staff getting the ice in, will now take place on the Eck Rink.  While the scrimmage was originally planned to be for season ticket holders only, now that Saturday’s practice with the Force has been moved to the middle rink and additional seating is available the event will be open to the public.  Season ticket holders will get in for free, and be able to use their reserved spot from last season.  Admission for non-season ticket holders will be $5 for anyone over the age of five.  Tickets for the practice session can be purchased here.