Winning streak puts Minotauros atop standings
It’s beginning to look like a “No-Loss November” for the Minot Minotauros.
After sweeping the North Iowa Bulls over the weekend at Maysa Arena, the Minotauros are now 6-0 during the month of November, and that winning streak has the team sitting atop the NAHL’s Central Division standings with a four-point lead over the Austin Bruins. Minot also enjoys a game in hand over the Bruins, and two games in hand over the third-place St. Cloud Norsemen.
The Minotauros have outscored their opponents 54-34 during the year, and they easily have the strongest defense and goaltending in the NAHL so far this season. Their 34 goals allowed is ten better than the Lone Star Brahmas, who have allowed the second fewest goals in the league at 44.
It’s a good thing too because the 54 goals they’ve scored is the fifth fewest among NAHL teams.
Nonetheless, the Minotauros looked solid over the weekend sweeping North Iowa 2-1 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday.
On Friday, a night that saw the Minotauros honor the Minot High state championship football and cheerleading teams, the Bulls jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second period when Jordan Newpower scored, assisted by Charles Beland and Jack Seaverson.
The Minotauros answered with two goals in the third period. The first goal was on the power-play, when Jack O’Hanisain scored four-and-a-half minutes into the period. Colby Woogk scored the game-winner for Minot with just 2:20 remaining in the game. It was third-straight game Woogk has found the back of the net for the Minotauros.
Dylan Johnson kept the game much closer for North Iowa, registering 40 saves in a game where the Minotauros outshot the Bulls 42-15.
Saturday was more of the same, as the Minotauros assaulted North Iowa and Johnson with 39 shots on goal, while the Bulls only managed 21 of their own, as Minot skated to a 4-1 win.
The Minotauros opened the scoring with just 13.8 seconds left, when Will Dawson scored a power-play goal, assisted by Trevor Stachowiak and Cayden Casey.
Minot came out of the intermission on a mission, scoring just six seconds into the second period. Niklas Ketonen was assisted by Joel Lehtinen and O’Hanisain on his goal. Lehtinen added one of his own in the third period, as the Minotauros jumped out to a 3-0 lead, before a Hayden Seigel goal cut the Minot lead to two. Down two goals late, North Iowa pulled their goalie, and it didn’t take long for Minot to make them regret the move. With three minutes remaining, Pavol Funtek scored an empty netter to seal the win for the Minotauros.
The win improves the Minotauros season record to 15-3-1 and gives them 31 points on the year.
Minot has a busy Thanksgiving week ahead of them, traveling to Bismarck on Wednesday night for a battle with the rival Bobcats. Then, they return to Maysa Arena for a two-game set against the Aberdeen Wings on Friday and Saturday.
The Minotauros will wear special black-out jerseys for their weekend games, and they encourage fans to wear black as well.