MINOT, ND – Since his trade to the Bruins in early February, Jack Murphy has scored eight goals with his new club – three against his former. Murphy’s redirect with exactly six minutes to go in the third period, forced overtime before the Bruins ultimately fell 3-2 to the Minot Minotauros at Maysa Arena on Friday night.
After scoring his first NAHL goal last Saturday, Quinn Martin made it back-to-back games when he gave the Bruins a 1-0 at 5:55 of the first period. Kyle Looft started the play by skating below the goal line and feeding Martin in the slot, who made one move around a defenseman and then beat ‘Tauro goaltender Austin Park. At 12:10 of the period, Derek Frentz got behind the Bruins defense and lifted a shot over Alex Schilling, who couldn’t execute a poke check. The Bruins killed off a high-sticking double minor and went into the intermission tied at one.
At 13:32 of period two, Austin Martinsen flipped a floating shot over Schilling’s shoulder to give Minot their first lead. Shots were 9-8 Minot in the second period with just the one goal. Murphy’s deflection at 14:00 of the third was the back end of a double-tip, as Travis Kothenbeutel first touched Joe Kinsella’s point shot, before Murphy redirected it past Park.
At 1:22 of the overtime, Paul O’Connor sprung Reid Stefanson who was able to out-muscle Keaton Pehrson and get a shot past Schilling, who sprawled on the ice. Minot improved to a staggering 13-2-0 in games going beyond regulation. Schilling made 34 saves in the losing effort while Park stopped 20. Despite 5 of the 7 meeting between the Bruins and Minotauros having been decided by one goal, the Bruins fell to 0-5-2 on the season and have one last chance to get in the win column Saturday night at 7:35.