It's not Groundhog Day but the Tauros are feeling like Bill Murray right now, going up against the same opponent, the Austin Bruins in this year's playoffs.
Last season, Minot dropped a hard-fought first round series with the Bruins in four games. Two of those went into overtime. This year, Austin's beaten Minot 6 times. The Tauros, though, have done much better on offense. The goaltending's there. Both Merrick Madsen and Brandon Wildung have posted solid numbers. Now the offense is starting to come around.
"We're playing better than we have been but it's not quite where it needs to be to get farther in the playoffs. We need to step it up here," forward Colton Kramer says.
It's a real good Bruins team they're going up against, but there could be one major weakness in the Tauros opponent.
"Their defense is real weak and they don't like to forecheck hard and that's one of our strengths of our game. We forecheck the puck really hard so if we can get the puck behind their D, roll the goal line, and get a hard forecheck in, we can get some pucks and that will get us scoring opportunities," forward Jacob Howie says.
Minot plays Austin in the Bruins' barn this weekend. Game three and, if necessary, game four, will be in Minot next weekend. It's a best of five series. The fifth game will be played on April 14th in Austin, if necessary.