Weekend Preview 2-3-22

Minot, ND – The Minotauros return to the Maysa Arena after a January that they would like to forget.  The team entered the month 19-12-1, having won 11 of 13 games.  Injuries and illness conspired to hamper the Tauros who went just 1-7-0 after claiming the franchise’s 300th win on New Year’s Eve in Bismarck.

Meanwhile the Aberdeen Wings have gone 4-4-1 since the turn to 2022 winning their first three games in a year before dropping five in a row; a streak they broke last Saturday with a win over North Iowa.  The Wings currently sit in third place in the Central Division by virtue of a tiebreaker as they, North Iowa, and the Tauros all have 41 points in the standings.

The Tauros will debut three new faces this weekend with the additions of Jack Brown, Jack Kircher, and Lassi Lehti who were acquired in a series of trades on Wednesday and Thursday.  Brown and Kircher not only add size to the Tauros’ lineup but bring in 11 goals and 23 assists combined, the three skaters the Tauros traded away had a combined six goals and 14 assists.  Lehti has the fifth best SV% in the NAHL despite playing behind the 27th ranked shot defense in El Paso.

The Tauros have won four of the first six meetings with the Wings this season including the two most recent meetings on December.  Huston Karpman leads the Tauros against his former team with a goal and eight assists.  Zack Simon has chipped in five goals and three helpers as well.

Friday night is the Tauros Early Valentine’s Night with the first 1,000 fans getting a ring, one of which will be a real diamond ring from Knowles Jewelry.  Then Saturday is Liberty Tax Super Hero Night, fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Super Hero as we honor of the memory of our honorary captain Grantley Johnson.  Tickets for both games are available through the “Tickets” tab atop this page or by clicking here.