by: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Minot, ND – The Minotauros got off to a slow start Tuesday night taking three penalties in the first 15 minutes of the game and found themselves trailing 2-0 early in the second period to the Aberdeen Wings. Aberdeen had taken a pair of games at the Maysa Arena just 10 days prior, and the Tauros who are 7-2-1 away from the Maysa looked like they would fall to 4-4-1 at home. Instead the Tauros went on to outshoot the Wings 23-8 after falling behind 2-0.
The comeback started on the power play when Blake Lizotte fired a rebound home at 6:51 of the second. The Tauros would get two more power plays in the middle frame but were unable to convert and went into the third trailing 2-1. Then just over a minute into the third Chase Springman fired a shot on the rush, Chad Catt made the initial save but the puck popped up high in the air, came down behind Catt, and rolled into the net. Then with Collin Hughes in the box Jon Lizotte fired a slap shot off of a faceoff win to put the Tauros ahead 3-2.
After taking the lead with 10:03 remaining, the Tauros did not allow a shot on goal. The Tauros earned the 3-2 victory improving to 12-5-2 including 5-3-1 at the Maysa. The win combined with Austin losing in a shootout pushed the Tauros’ lead to two points atop the Central Division. Next up for the Tauros is a home set with the Minnesota Wilderness on Friday and Saturday nights.