By: Andrew Lennox, minotauroshockey.com
Bismarck, ND – After a frustrating 4-0 loss on Friday in the Magic City, Minot registered an impressive 4-1 victory on the road against in-state rival, the Bismarck Bobcats.
It didn’t take long for the Tauros to take an early first-period lead, with Colby Joseph scoring just 2:13 into the frame. Max Martin and defenseman Nick O’Hanisain provided the assists.
Hunter Longhi logged his second goal of the season on the power play at 17:44 in the second period. Nick O’Hanisain added another assist while Trevor Stachowiak picked up the secondary helper to make it 2-0.
The Tauros gave up an early goal at 4:13 of the third period to make it 2-1. Bismarck Adam Pietila cashed in on the scoring opportunity. However, that would be the last time the Bobcats would get on the scoreboard, with Minot taking control of the game and adding two more tallies to make it 4-1. Max Martin and Tory Lund were responsible for those goals.
With the 4-1 win, Minot improves to 4-4-0 with eight points, and the team is tied for fourth with Aberdeen in the league’s Central Division.
Lawton Zacher continues to impress, posting a win Saturday to improve his record to 4-1-0 with a 2.00 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage.
On Friday night, Bismarck netminder Linards Lipskis picked up his first shutout this season, blanking the Tauros 4-0. The Riga, Latvia native made 36 saves to collect the win.
After a scoreless first period, Minot found themselves trailing 2-0 in the second frame. Bismarck defenseman Luke Roelofs scored an even-strength goal with 7:35 left in the second. Less than two minutes later, the Tauros gave up a power play goal to Bismarck forward Patrick Johnson to make it 2-0.
Despite outshooting the Bobcats 14-8 in the third period, Minot could not produce any goals while giving up two more tallies to make it 4-0. One of the goals was Bismarck’s second power play marker which was scored with 17:08 remaining in regulation. Finnish forward Verrti Jantunen logged the power play goal as he scored three points during the game.
Goalie Lawton Zacher had a strong outing stopping 40 of 44 Bobcats’ shots in a losing effort.
Next up for the Tauros is a rare single game weekend against the St. Cloud Norsemen. The Norsemen head to Bismarck on Friday and Saturday nights before coming to the Maysa on Sunday for a 6:05 puck drop. The Circle Sanitation “Fill the Bin” coat drive is still going, fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used winter clothing item to donate to those in need in the Minot area. Tickets for Sunday’s game can be purchased here or through the “Tickets” tab atop this page.