Minotauros gave a community something to be proud of

The Minot Minotauros’ postseason run was truly shocking.

By shocking, we mean to everyone.

This wasn’t a “nobody believes in us besides the guys in the locker room” type of scenario. It’s likely the Minotauros even surprised themselves with how much success they found in the playoffs.

At the NAHL season’s halfway point, the Tauros were in last place in the Central Division. With only a few weeks left in the regular season, they were six points out of a playoff spot. Minot had to fight tooth and nail just to ensure it made the postseason for a sixth straight season, and once it did, the season could have been called a success.

But the Tauros weren’t done. Not even close.

Minot started a magical run by taking down the Central’s No. 1 seed in Aberdeen in a winner-take-all game 5, then somehow swept Austin the second round.

Making the Robertson Cup semifinals for the first time in franchise history was again another opportunity to end the season on a high note, but Minot decided it wanted to take down the No. 1 overall seed in the NAHL playoffs in Fairbanks. The Tauros fell lost Game 1 in the best-of-three series, then won Game 2 and surprisingly made an impressive comeback in Game 3 after trailing by two goals with 10 minutes remaining. It was one of the best hockey games Minot has seen in a long time.

Alas, the Tauros couldn’t put a bow on the Cinderella story, falling in the Robertson Cup Championship 2-1 Monday. Never mind that it’s a little peculiar the championship of a 60-game regular season came down to a single game, the Minotauros should be incredibly proud of themselves.

Coach Marty Murray said it best in the postgame press conference. His players could have easily packed it in two months ago. Instead, they brought a previously untapped energy to the rink and played like their season was on the line every night – because, heck, it was.

Two months ago, Murray and company were thrilled to just even squeak in the playoffs. Now, they can leave knowing a never-say-die attitude brought them the best season in Minotauros’ history.