Minot, ND – The Minotauros swept the weekend in St. Cloud to move back into second place in the Central Division heading into a busy Thanksgiving holiday. The Norsemen never lead as the Tauros dominated the weekend scoring the first three goals on Friday and never looking back.
On Friday Cooper Rice scored 12:14 into the first walking out of the corner off of a feed from Justin Dauphinais. The Tauros would extend the lead in the second with Nick O’Hanisain getting his NAHL defensemen leading seventh of the season. Chase LaPinta added a highlight reel goal late in the period to make it 3-0 heading into the final frame. Daniels Murnieks scored 32 seconds into the third to pull the Norsemen back within two but Dauphinais and John Emmons would add two more to push the game out of reach for a 5-1 final.
Saturday night Max Martin would open the scoring redirecting a LaPinta shot late in the first. Colby Joseph doubled the lead midway through the second scoring into an wide open net with the Tauros on the power play. Tyler Dysart got the Norsemen back into the game late in the second setting up a wild third. Cam Bullinger ripped a shot past Tomas Bolo on the rush to make it a 3-1 Tauro lead. Broten Sabo scored from the high slot with the Norsemen on the power late four minutes later to pull St. Cloud back within one. Tory Lund then finished a feed from LaPinta to push the lead to 4-2. The Norsemen would pull back within one late but Dane Couture stood tall making several saves during the final minutes to hold on to the 4-3 victory.
Next up 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. Then on Saturday night at the Pepsi Rink is the inaugural 29 Tastes & Taps Tauros Shootout. See the Tauros like never before split into four teams and going head-to-head for bragging rights in five events and then a 3-on-3 tournament, tickets are just $5.00.