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Minotauros cap NAHL Showcase with another close win

BLAINE, Minn. — All four games the Minot Minotauros played at the NAHL Showcase were decided by a single goal.

With a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Maryland Black Bears, the Minotauros (3-0-1) collected seven out of a possible eight points to start the season.

Former Minotauros’ standout Wilmer Skoog burnt his old team by scoring the first goal for the Black Bears at the start of the second period. Skoog, who had 18 goals and 29 assists last season with Minot, already has five goals and three assists this season with Maryland.

Later in the second period, Minot took the lead with a pair of goals separated by 39 seconds. Andranik Armstrong-Kingkade got the first on a power play, and Jack Westlund scored the second.

Westlund surfaced again with seven minutes gone in the third period for his second goal of the game.

Maryland’s Ethan Heidepriem pulled one goal back with 27 seconds left. But, time ran out on the Black Bears’ last-ditch rally.

Minotauros goaltender Ben Garrity made 34 saves. Maryland outshot Minot 36-27. Minot was outshot in every game at the NAHL Showcase.

The Minotauros open Central Division play next weekend (Sept. 27-28) on the road in the Blizzard’s new home at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex.

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