As Tauros push for playoffs, every game is important
Coming off a split with the St. Cloud Norsemen last weekend that saw the team and the community still walk away as winners by raising money to support Pathfinder Services of ND, the Minot Minotauros have their most important hockey ahead of them.
With the goal of making it back to the Robertson Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2020-21 season, every game matters the rest of the way.
Three points currently separate the Tauros from fourth place in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Central Division, which is where they need to finish to punch their ticket to the playoffs.
Starting tonight, the Tauros are on the road for a two-game series against the North Iowa Bulls, who sit seven points ahead of them in the Central Division Standings.
It’s been an even battle with the Bulls this year, as the teams have picked up three wins each in a total of six games played prior to this weekend’s series.
The following weekend from March 31-April 1, in what could be their biggest series for the remainder of the schedule, Minot will be in Aberdeen to take on the Wings who currently occupy the fourth spot in the standings.
In 10 games played between the Tauros and Wings, it’s the Wings who have the advantage with a 6-4 record. The Tauros have been unable to sweep the Wings this year, but if there was a perfect time to secure that first sweep, that time would be now.
Wrapping up their regular season schedule, the Tauros will have back-to-back matchups with the Austin Bruins. The weekend of April 7 will be the last home series at the Maysa before the team heads to Austin to finish up regular season play.
As the lone team to clinch a playoff spot out of the Central Division, the Bruins have sat atop the division standings for quite some time.
With just one win in eight games against the Bruins, the Tauros will need to flip the script of their regular season matchup to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Fans will have one more opportunity to see the team play at the Maysa Arena. During this important stretch, creating a loud and difficult atmosphere can be a difference maker.