Tauros and Beavers each earn two-game sweeps
In the span of two days, the Minot Minotauros and Minot State Beavers men’s hockey team combined to go a perfect 4-0.
The Minotauros (7-6-0) earned a 3-2 overtime victory over the Autin Bruins on Dec. 4, and followed up that performance with another home win against Austin on Dec. 5, topping the Bruins in that contest 2-0.
In its first win over Austin, Minot jumped out to a 2-0 advantage following goals from forwards Damon Zimmer in the first period, and Cade Stibbe in the second. Kaiden Scott was credited with assists on both goals, and Minot defenseman Reid Bogenhom also earned an assist on the Zimmer score.
In the third, Minot’s defense allowed a pair of goals by Bruins forward Carson Riddle which sent the game into overtime. The extra period came to an end at the 2:43 mark when Stibbe cashed in on his second goal of the evening on an unassisted play.
On Saturday, Minot goalie Keenan Rancier stopped all 36 shots he faced to help preserve a 2-0 victory over Austin. In that game, Minot’s goals were scored by Kyle Kukkonen on assists from Jack Westlund and Blaine Warnert in the first period, and Jacob Thomas notched his first goal of the season in the third with assists from Carter Korpi and Donte Lawson. After snapping a four-game losing skid on Nov. 28, Minot now is in the midst of a three-game winning streak. The Minotauros’ next pair of games are scheduled to take place at home against St. Cloud on Dec. 11 and 12. Both contests are slated for a 7 p.m. start time.
Meanwhile, the Beavers earned a pair of wins over Jamestown, beating the Jimmies 3-1 at home on Friday, and then traveling to Jamestown and winning on the road 5-1. With their latest triumph, MSU now owns a four-game winning streak.
In Friday’s win, the Beavers (8-1-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period on the strength of goals from Davis Sheldon and Rhett Lough. After the game, Lough emphasized the importance of getting off to a quick start against the Jimmies. “They bring a hard game every night, so it was nice to get a couple of goals on them early in the game,” Lough stated.
In Saturday’s contest, the Beavers offense featured five different scorers; Adam Wowryk, Nick Doyle, Brayden Pawluk, Drew Carter and Justin Metcalf all chipped in with goals en route to a 5-1 over Jamestown. After the Christmas break, the Beavers are scheduled to take the ice again at home against Colorado State on Saturday, Jan. 23.