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Nies stymies Minot, Bismarck wins 2-1
Story by Narrative Science.
The Bismarck Bobcats relied on the sparkling performance of Bryan Nies in net to grab a 2-1 win against the Minot Minotauros.
Bismarck's penalty kill excelled, as the Bobcats gave up zero goals despite allowing seven power plays.
Bismarck was sparked by Evan Giesler, who racked up one goal. Giesler scored on the power play 2:30 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Bismarck. The Bobcats had gained a power play chance when Paul Sorenson was whistled for tripping. Matt Anders provided the assist.
Bismarck stifled Minot's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. With 29 shots on target during the contest, the Bobcats exceeded the 24.8 shots they average per game this year. Bismarck was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 34 penalty minutes.
The Minotauros put 27 shots on net during the contest, more than the 20.1 they average per game. Minot could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 40 minutes in penalties during the game.
The Bobcats' Nies stopped 26 shots out of the 27 that he faced. Bismarck registered one goal on nine power play opportunities. Ryan Ruck rejected 27 shots on goal for Minot.