Tauros split road series in Aberdeen

Win Friday 4-3, lose Saturday 4-2

MDN File Photo Pictured earlier this season, Minotauros goaltender Carter Clafton stopped 35 of 38 shots on goal in Minot’s most recent win over the Aberdeen Wings on Friday evening.

In their most recent two-game road series, the Minot Minotauros (13-11-1) won Friday’s contest against the Aberdeen Wings 4-3. Then in Saturday’s matchup, the Tauros fell to the Wings 4-2.

Friday’s game was tied at 3-3 going into the final period. Eventually, it was Christian Kadolph’s first goal of the season at the 15:28 mark which proved to be the difference in that game for the Tauros.

Friday’s third period kept the officials busy as a total of 10 penalties were called, including three 10-minute misconduct infractions. Defensively, Minot goaltender Carter Clafton stopped 35 of the 38 shots he saw that evening in the win.

In Saturday’s contest, Minot found themselves in an early 1-0 deficit in the opening period. Then Minot forward Braden Panzer notched his second goal of the season at the 16:24 mark of the first period to tie things up at 1-1. Just 11 seconds into the second, fellow Minot forward Colby Joseph gave the Tauros a 2-1 edge with his eighth goal of the year. He was assisted on the play by Zack Simon.

As it turned out, Minot’s lead would be short lived as the Wings offense came alive with three unanswered goals the rest of the way, including two in the final period. With less than a minute to go and trailing 3-2, Minot surrendered an empty netter to Aberdeen’s Will Gilson which essentially sealed its fate.

With a total of 27 points, Minot currently sits in third-place in the NAHL Central Division, two points behind the division-leading Austin Bruins. Minot’s next game is slated for this Saturday in Bismarck against the last-place Bobcats (7-15-1). Start time for that contest is slated for 7:15 p.m.


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