By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Looking to build off of a split with the top ranked team in the NAHL the Minotauros went west to Wenatchee, WA, for a pair with the Wild. The Wild however had other plans took both games from the Tauros on Friday and Saturday nights. The Tauros offense struggled on both nights, and on both nights Minot’s goaltending did well to keep them in the game, but both games ultimately ended in losses.
On Friday night (full box) the Tauros paraded to the penalty box. Having had only 60 penalty minutes on the season coming into the contest the Tauros were whistled for 42 minutes the first night against the Wild. Wenatchee went 3-8 on the man advantage, while three of the Tauros four power plays ended short of the full two minutes thanks to Minot penalties. Brandon Wildung made 35 saves in the loss while the Tauros managed only 24 shots of their own.
Saturday night again saw the Tauros special teams struggle, allowing a power play goal midway through the first. Tim Donohue answered for Minot at 12:45 of the first and then had another disallowed less than a minute later on a quick whistle. A short-handed goal for Wenatchee was the only score of the second period and was their fifth consecutive special teams goal on the weekend. They got their first even strength goal at 1:54 of the third pushing the lead to 3-1. Cameron Rowat scored on the power play for the Tauros to make it interesting but even with the net empty the Tauros were unable to find the equalizer.
Next up, the Tauros return home to host the Aberdeen Wings. Saturday there will be another draw for two spots on the Winnipeg Jets trip, once again only season ticket holders are eligible so get your season tickets now by calling 701.852.0101.