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Bross Commits

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

Minot, ND – The Minotauros are proud to announce that alum Zack Bross has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for the University of Massachusetts – Boston.  Bross played for the Minotauros for two season during which he compiled 71 points on 27 goals and 44 assists.

Bross sited several reasons why he chose UMass – Boston, “I love the Boston area and the school and team seem like a great fit for me.  The coach was always awesome to talk to and seemed really excited when I made my decision to go there.”

Tauros Head Coach Marty Murray praised Bross saying, “Zack was a solid two-year guy for us.  He rounded out his game and became a very good two way player.  He is a player that you can feel comfortable as a coach to put on the ice in any situation.”

Bross was appreciative of his time in Minot saying “I loved Minot. It was an incredible growing experience going from the fourth line my first year to being a captain and leader my second year.  I loved the guys and will always look back at being a Tauro as the best job I ever had.”  Bross was also quick to thank those that made Minot so memorable, “I’d like to thank my billets. I had two incredible billet families in the Buckmier’s and the Bradley’s. They made my time in Minot so much better than I had originally expected.  Also all the guys were great. Spending all day everyday together with a group it made I never imagined being part of such a close group. Also Nigel, Marty, Waz and the rest of the staff were so incredible at making it such a fun and professional organization.”

Bross’s 71 points are good for sixth all-time in franchise history and his +39 rating is second all-time among Tauros behind only Jake Dittel’s +51.  The Tauro forward also added a goal and three assists in eight playoff games as a Tauro.  Bross also represented the Tauros at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament where he scored a goal.

Bross becomes the fifth NCAA DIII commitment and ninth Tauro overall to commit to college this season.

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!

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).