Austin, MN – The Minotauros struggles against the Austin Bruins continued this weekend after the Bruins swept the Tauros in Minot last weekend the Tauros dropped two more games to the Bruins this time in Austin.
On Friday night the Tauros picked up their first point of the season when trailing entering the third period. The game was scoreless until the first shift of the second period when the Bruins on a 5-on-3 power play scored just six seconds into the period on the rush. Damon Furuseth redirected a pass from Walter Zacher past Tauros goalie Lawton Zacher to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Just minutes later Joe Westlund would draw the Tauros even finishing off a feed from behind the net. Westlund’s third of the season was set up by AP player and 23-24 Tauros tender Blake Steenerson who was making his Tauros debut.
Later in the second period Dylan Cook was called for a five minute major and a game misconduct when while driving the Tauros net he made no attempt to stop and ran over the Tauros’ Zacher knocking him from the game. The Tauros failed to cash in on the long advantage and later in the period with the Bruins on the power play Walter Zacher scored a goal of his own in the final minute.
The Tauros would erase the deficit however in the third and take a lead of their own. First, Hunter Longhi sprung Chase LaPinta on a breakaway to tie the game. Then 57 seconds later Jan-Kasper Bergman found a lane through traffic to get his second of the season to make it 3-2 Tauros. Unfortunately for the Tauros a Mattew Desiderio shot deflected almost 20 feet into the air and somehow landed behind Dane Couture who had come on in relief of the injured Zacher.
The game would go to overtime and a questionable call against Trevor Stachowiak along the board sent the Bruins to the power play. Just five seconds into their man advantage Furuseth found his second power play goal of the night to give the Bruins the walk-off winner.
On Saturday night the Tauros got off to a rough start falling behind 3-0 before getting their first shot on goal. The second period saw two fights in the first minute and tempers continue to flare but no more fights. The Bruins would extend the lead to 4-0 on Walter Zacher’s 9th of the season but the Tauros would eventually break through with Adam Mahler’s first of the season from the right circle. The Bruins would add on two more in the third before Joe Blackley would get his first as a Tauro in the final two minutes to push the final to 6-2.
Next up the Tauros head to St. Cloud for a weekend with the Norsemen. Then the Tauros return to North Dakota to take on the Bismarck Bobcats on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Finally the Tauros return home to the Pepsi Rink at Maysa Arena to take on the Bobcats on Black Friday. The Tauros will be unveiling new alternate jerseys that game. Tickets are available through the “Tickets” tab atop this page or by clicking here.