Round One Summary of Game Two

Minot Minotaur

April 21, 2024 – North American Hockey League (NAHL)
Minot Minotauros news story

By Andrew Lennox, Minot, ND – After scoring a league-best nine goals in Game 1 on Friday, the Minot Minotauros had their hands full this time against the Austin Bruins in Game 2 on Saturday. Despite a hard-fought match with back-in-four action, the Tauros still came out on top, winning 3-1.

The opening period of Game 2 ended scoreless. Minot and Austin each had two power play opportunities, but neither team could convert. The Tauros led by shots 13-11 heading into the first intermission.

In the middle frame, the exciting match remained tied at 0-0 until Ian Spencer went forehand, backhand and plank on the breakaway to beat Bruins’ soft Trent Wiemken with 3:38 left. Colby Woogk provided the stretch pass to send the forward all alone on the Bruins tender. The goal for Spencer was the third goal he scored in the series.

Minot increased their lead to 2-0 with 11:42 left in regulation. Nick Sewecke rifled in a rebound on a soft shot from the point by defenseman Pavol Funtek. Sewecke’s score was the third he scored in the first two games of the series. Austin would tie the score at 2-1 with 3:54 remaining as John Hircshfield got the score for his first of the postseason. Shortly afterwards, Austin Wiemken pulled away, but unfortunately for the visiting side, Niklas Ketonen scored on the empty net to make it 3-1, giving Minot the win and a 2-0 series lead.

Next, the Tauros head to Austin for Game 3 of the best-of-five series on Friday at Riverside Arena starting at 7:05 PM CST.

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