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Minot's comeback falls short, Bismarck wins 3-1
Story by Narrative Science.
The Minot Minotauros almost clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit, but the Bismarck Bobcats managed to pull out a 3-1 win in the end.
Bismarck led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Bobcats' Cullen Willox's scored at 5:54 in the second period to put Bismarck up 3-0.
The Bobcats were paced by Huba Sekesi, who registered one goal. Sekesi scored on the power play 4:57 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Bismarck. Bismarck had gotten the advantage when Minot's Max Pernhem was sent off for holding. Nate Repensky assisted on the tally.
The Bobcats stifled the Minotauros' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Bismarck put 34 shots on net during the contest, more than the 28.8 it averages per game.
Bismarck also got points from Filip Starzynski, who also grabbed one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Other players who recorded assists for Bismarck were Tommy Malkmus, Evan Giesler, and Stanislav Dzakhov, who contributed one a piece.
Minot failed to reach its usual level of shot production, putting 18 pucks on goal after averaging 23.0 shots per game this season.
Aaron Nelson made 17 saves for the Bobcats on 18 shots. Bismarck incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Merrick Madsen recorded 31 saves for Minot. The Minotauros incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.