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Tauros split home set with Norsemen

Minot wins 8-6 on Friday; falls to St. Cloud 3-1 on Saturday

Ciara Parizek/MDN Minotauros forward Kaiden Scott (44) rushes back on the offensive with St. Cloud Norsemen forward Nikolas Hong (19) hot on his heels during their game Friday night at the Maysa.

It was a mixed bag of results for the Minot Minotauros (8-7-0) as they hosted the St. Cloud Norsemen (1-6-0) at the Maysa Arena for a two-game set on Dec. 11 and 12.

Friday’s contest was a high scoring affair as the Minotauros came out victorious 8-6. Enjoying a 4-1 advantage after two periods, the Minotauros were aided by goals from Kaiden Scott, Blaine Warnert, Donte Lawson and Isaac Keller to build their lead.

In the third, a goal scoring frenzy ensued as Minot and St. Cloud combined for a whopping nine scores in the frame. On two occasions, St. Cloud trimmed the deficit to one, but Minot was able to hold the lead for the entire period. Minotauros forward Kyle Kukkonen led all scorers in the game with four points, which included one goal and three assists.

In Saturday’s matchup, Minot’s four-game winning streak came to an end as they fell to the previously winless Norsemen 3-1. An unassisted goal from Kukkonen at the 12:40 mark of the first accounted for Minot’s lone score of the contest. Minotauros goalie Carter Clafton stopped 22 of 25 shots on the evening while opposing goaltender Paxton Giesel stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced. St. Cloud committed five penalties compared to just two for Minot on the night.

Up next, the Minotauros are scheduled to travel to Bismarck for a two-game series against the Bobcats on Dec. 18 and 19. Both games are slated for a 7:15 p.m. start time.

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