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Richmond Stuns UND
on Last-second Field Goal

Grand Forks -- Richmond spoiled seventh-seeded North Dakota's first Division I playoff game thanks to an 18-yard field goal by Griffin Trau as the clock expired, handing the Spiders a 27-24 victory Saturday at the Alerus Center. Trau's second field goal of the game capped a 20-0 run for Richmond in just over the final 15 minutes of the game as the Spiders (10-3) advanced to face second-seeded Eastern Washington in next weekend's quarterfinal-round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Fighting Hawks (9-3) saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end after building a 24-7 lead with a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half. The 11-yard scoring pass from Keaton Studsrud to Demun Mercer put the momentum squarely on the home team's sideline, but the Spiders would start to chip away at the deficit. UR sophomore Kevin Johnson ran for a 9-yard to make it a 24-14 contest entering the fourth quarter. His rushing score came on a drive that was extended by a running into the punter penalty on the Fighting Hawks. After a 37-yard field goal by Trau that was set up by a blocked punt, the Richmond defense would force yet another three-and-out. The Spiders ran that punt back for an apparent game-tying touchdown, but that score was negated by a block in the back. That did not deter Johnson and company, however, as he capped a 54-yard drive with a scoring toss to Garrett Hudson that tied the game at 24-24 with 5:24 remaining. FULL STORY

Fighting Hawks Shine Bright in New York City

Grand Forks -- The No. 9 ranked University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks defeated Boston College, 4-3, on Saturday night in the first-annual College Hockey Showdown from Madison Square Garden. UND (8-5-3) scored four goals in the final two periods to hold off the Eagles. Junior Trevor Olson snapped a 56-game goal drought by scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal with 2:01 to play in the third period. Tyson Jost started the scoring in the second period with a pair of goals, his sixth and seventh of the season. Boston College responded with a pair of quick goals to open the third; one of the power play and the other immediately following the conclusion of a major penalty to tie the game at 2-2. Sophomore Joel Janatuinen broke the tie with his first goal since October to give the Fighting Hawks a 3-2 lead with just over ten minutes to play. Trevor Olson added the fourth goal of the night when the junior intercepted a pass and fired a shot over the shoulder of Joe Woll to make it 4-2 UND. BC cut the lead to 4-3 with just 8.7 seconds to play, but UND won the following faceoff and held on for the win. Cam Johnson finished with 28 saves in the win. FULL STORY

North Dakota State Beats San Diego 45-7 in FCS Second Round
Fargo -- Easton Stick passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 1 seed North Dakota State to a 45-7 victory over San Diego in the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs Saturday, before a crowd of 18,305 at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Chase Morlock caught touchdowns of 16 and 49 yards, RJ Urzendowski caught an 11-yard TD, and running backs Lance Dunn and Bruce Anderson scored on fourth-quarter runs of 56 and 61 yards, respectively, to put an exclamation point on NDSU's 21st straight postseason victory. North Dakota State (11-1) advanced to the FCS quarterfinals for the seventh straight season, where the Bison will face No. 8 seed South Dakota State (9-3), which held on for a 10-7 home win over Villanova in the second round. SDSU dealt NDSU its only loss this season, 19-17. Stick tied an NDSU postseason record with his three passing touchdowns. He also rushed for a game-high 99 yards on four carries as the Bison rolled up 299 rushing yards and averaged 9.6 yards per carry against the nation's No. 1-ranked FCS scoring defense and total defense.  Dunn had nine carries for 93 yards. FULL STORY

Slow Start Sends Bobcats to Fifth Straight Loss
Bismarck -- Unable to find any early footing on the road, the Bismarck Bobcats conceded four goals in the first period Saturday and fell 6-1 to the Brookings Blizzard at the Larson Ice Center. Brookings got the scoring started 4:37 into the game on the rush as Paul Cotter drove the net and buried a one-timer from newcomer Connor Koviak for a fast 1-0 Blizzard lead. Another transition strike, this time from Nick Cardelli, made it 2-0 Blizzard as Cotter hit the second-year winger for his fifth goal of the year with 11:19 to go in the first. Chase Brand scored on the power play at the 6:01 mark, tallying from a bad angle to push Brookings’ advantage to 3-0. Before the period could end, Taylor Schneider potted one as Cardelli caught Bobcat goalie Will Ulrich watching the left wing corner and sent a no-look pass from behind the net to a wide-open Schneider on the right post who made it 4-0 with just 25 seconds left in the frame. In the second, both teams saw repeated golden scoring opportunities miss the net—keeping the score 4-0 entering the third. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit in their last visit to Larson Ice Center on November 19 to win in overtime, they fell into a 6-0 hole in the first seven minutes of the third as Cotter and Schneider each scored again for Brookings. FULL STORY

Marauders Pass Wolves for First Road Win
of Season

Bismarck -- Overcoming a baker's dozen first half deficit, the University of Mary rallied past Northern State University 77-75 for the first Marauders road win of the season. Finding a shooting touch that had abandoned them the night before in a loss at MSU Moorhead, the Marauders (3-5 overall, 2-1 Northern Sun) made over half their shots from the floor while playing clutch defense. After shooting under 40 percent against the Dragons, the Marauders connected on 51.8 percent of their shots overall against the Wolves (5-4, 1-2), clicking at 56.5 percent in the second half. Mary held off Northern State at the free throw line down the stretch, making 9-of-12 at the charity stripe in the final 72 seconds. Rickey Suggs keyed a strong night for the Marauders bench, scoring a season-high 14 points. The junior forward also had four rebounds, made 6-of-11 shots and didn't commit a turnover. Luke Scott hit two treys and added eight points in a reserve roll and the Marauders held a 24-12 edge in points off the bench.  FULL STORY

Beavers Come Up Short
at MSU Moorhead

Minot -- Minot State University again battled one of the top Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division teams on the road. For the second straight night, the Beavers couldn't get enough stops down the stretch for the win. Minot State gave up 17 3-pointers to Minnesota State University Moorhead in a 96-87 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball loss Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. "MSU Moorhead is a good basketball team and we gave them all they could handle," said MSU head coach Matt Murken. "I give them (MSUM) credit, whenever they needed a bucked, they hit a tough shot. I'm not happy with the result of the game, but I am happy with the effort of our team." The Beavers (4-5 overall, 0-3 NSIC) trailed by double figures early on as MSU Moorhead (7-1, 3-0) took a 38-25 lead with just 6:11 to play in the first half. MSU battled back to make it a five-point game at halftime as Nathaniel Moore capped a 14-6 run to end the half with a steal and a layup just before the buzzer. Tyler Rudolph gave MSU its first lead since early in the game with a jumper three minutes into the second half, but the Dragons answered with a 3-pointer two minutes later for a 49-47 lead. MSUM never relinquished that lead. FULL STORY

Blue Hawk MBB Earn Win Over Yellowstone Christian College
Dickinson -- The Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Men's Basketball team fought to a 69-61 non-conference win over the Yellowstone Christian College Centurions on Tuesday night. The Blue Hawks lead Yellowstone Christian College at halftime with a score of 39-29 and the Blue Hawks were outscored by the Centurions in the second half 30-32 but win the contest with a final score of 69-61. The Blue Hawks were led in the scoring department by juniors Marcus White and Ryan Clark with 17 points each. Junior Terrell Butler also scored in double digits for the Blue Hawks with 11 total points. Ryan Clark led the Blue Hawks with 10 total rebounds followed by Marcus White with 8 rebounds. Marcus White led the Blue Hawks with a total of 3 assists for the game.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- Notwithstanding Mother Nature's attempt to wreak havoc on the North Dakota winter sports schedule last week with the storm she unleashed on the Northern Plains, several prep athletic events did take place in recent days. On the hardwood in girls' hoops play, Wilton hosted the annual McLean County Shootout, with multiple contests slated for this last Friday and Saturday. In first-day action, the host Miners walloped the Miners from Beulah 56-30; Underwood outlasted Glen Ullin-Hebron 42-32; Max handled Richardton-Taylor 42-26; Garrison eased past Warwick 61-52 (behind 55 points tallied by the trio of Shelby Gerving, Ellie Gerving, and Ally Behles); Washburn walloped Nedrose 47-19; and Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky trimmed White Shield 32-25. In day two play, Washburn whipped White Shield 64-14; Max breezed by Nedrose 48-25; Underwood (with a trio of double-figure scorers--Taysha Snyder, Mackenzie Snyder, and McKenna Wilson) stomped Warwick 59-41; Richardton-Taylor doubled up Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 46-23; Garrison did the same to Beulah, 58-29; and Wilton-Wing nipped Glen Ullin-Hebron 47-45. Elsewhere, defending Class B state champion Shiloh Christian won back-to-back outings last weekend by double-digit margins, surging past Killdeer 58-44 and hammering Hazen 69-41 (with returning starters Amber Stevahn and Brittan Grubb combining for 46 markers). Additionally, Mott-Regent held off Flasher 54-48; Heart River cruised by New Salem-Almont 56-33, courtesy of Bailey Olson's 21 counters; Divide County decisioned Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 50-40; Kidder County pulled away from Heart River 43-30; and Center-Stanton prevailed over New Salem-Almont 48-38. In the rink, there were a few West Region boys' hockey matchups on the docket this past week; and in one carried live on KDKT Sports Radio, Bismarck bludgeoned Hazen-Beulah 24-1, as Demon winger Eric Pladsen recorded an astounding total of nine goals and the Demons outshot the Northstars 103-3. In other league encounters, Mandan downed Dickinson 5-2, as Alex Horner registered a hat trick for the Braves; and Bismarck blitzed Williston 10-1 in the Basin City. On the mats, the 46th-annual Mandan Lions Invitational Wrestling Tournament was staged this past weekend, assembling a dozen Class A grappling squads from both Dakotas; and for the 26th time in that tourney's illustrious history, the Bismarck Demons claimed a team championship by tallying 287 points. The Demons qualified six wrestlers for the finals and had three athletes capture individual titles--Ryan Ripplinger (120 lbs), Devin Steidler (152), and Parker Wahl (160). Trailing Bismarck in the team standings--places 2 through 5--were Century, Rapid City Central, Mandan, and both Rapid City Stevens and Sturgis (tie). In Napoleon's Class B-oriented Early-Bird Tournament, South Border won the team crown (195.5 pts), with Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, Napoleon, Linton-HMB, and New Salem-Almont rounding out the top-five squads. Elsewhere, in scheduled Class B duals, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm clipped Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter (NGS) 40-36 and NGS outpaced New Salem-Almont 42-27. In this new week unfolding, KDKT Sports Radio will be on hand at Coal Country's All-Seasons' Arena this Tuesday (Dec 6) to provide live coverage of the West Region boys' hockey showdown between Hazen-Beulah and the visiting Minot Magicians. KDKT's pre-game show will begin at 6:30 pm CST, with first faceoff slated for 7:00.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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