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Fighting Hawks Respond with 3-1 Win Over Miami
Grand Forks -- Keep it simple. Three little words, 12 letters in all. On the surface, it doesn't appear to mean much. But tonight at Ralph Engelstad, those three words folded into the play of the University of North Dakota's hockey team made all the difference. In contrast to Friday night when UND gave up five third-period goals to turn a 3-1 lead into a 6-3 National Collegiate Hockey Conference loss to Miami, the Fighting Hawks simplified their play and earned a split with the RedHawks with a 3-1 victory in front of a sellout of 11,858 fans. UND held Miami without a shot on goal for the first eight minutes, 30 seconds of the final period in stark contrast to the RedHawks scoring three goals in the first eight minutes the night before. UND (13-7-3 overall, 6-5-1-1 NCHC) outshot Miami 34-15 overall in securing a win that bumped it up three places to No. 7 in the pairwise rankings, the exact place which it entered the weekend. "I think the reason why is that we played simple hockey,'' UND coach Brad Berry said. "We didn't to make the perfect pass when it wasn't a pass there. We chipped it out and skated onto it, advanced pucks."  FULL STORY

Balanced Scoring, Defense Keys Marauders Road Win Over Mavericks for Weekend Sweep
Bismarck --  A balanced scoring attack and the team's best defensive effort of the season led the University of Mary men's basketball team to a convincing 75-61 road win over Minnesota State University. The victory is the first-ever for the Marauders over the Mavericks at the Taylor Center. Five different Marauders reached double digits in points, led by Isaac Lindquist with 16. The senior center was 6-of-8 at the free throw line and added two blocks. Damonta Henry came of the bench to score 15 points, hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. Rickey Suggs added 12 points and five boards, Bryan Jefferson contributed 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds and Trevor Zacher made both 3-point attempts and all four field goals to chip in 10 points. Pat Thomas added eight points and four assists. Defensively the Marauders harassed the Mavericks shooters all night, limiting Minnesota State to a 36.5 shooting percentage and an 8-of-23 effort on 3-point attempts. The Marauders entered the weekend at the bottom of the Northern Sun in field goal defense.  FULL STORY

Bobcats Survive Rubber
Match in Overtime

Bismarck -- The Bismarck Bobcats fended off a third-period rally from the Minot Minotauros to persevere for a 2-1 overtime win Saturday at Maysa Arena in game ten of the Subway ND Cup. Through nearly two periods, the two rivals battled to a scoreless deadlock that was broken with just two seconds remaining in the middle frame when Bobcat rookie Kevin Ness cashed in a 2-on-1 with Nick Alexander, punching a close range snap shot through the legs of Minot netminder Lucas Murray to make it 1-0 Bobcats after two. Shortly after a Minotauro power play went by the boards, Derek Frentz ripped a low shot through traffic that beat Bobcat goalie Severi Isokangas five-hole to knot the game at one with 7:43 left in regulation. Minot peppered Isokangas with scoring chances after the equalizer, the newly acquired backstop held the fort to force overtime. In the bonus stanza, Matej Murin created a 2-on-1 with Tobias Fladeby that saw the Slovakian center send a shot from the left-wing circle that Murray had trouble corralling; Murin was able to chase down his own rebound and poke it home, lifting the visitors to a 2-1 victory with 2:56 left in OT.  FULL STORY

Big 3s Lift Beavers

Minot -- Minot State University knocked down two huge 3-pointers in the final 1:07 to hold off Concordia-St. Paul 74-70 for a key Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road win Saturday at the Gengelhoff Center. The Beavers (8-10 overall, 4-8 NSIC) led 67-66 with just 1:07 to play in the game before getting the first of two big 3s. Trevor Rothstein, who was limited to just two minutes in the game due to an injury, hit a triple off a feed from Luis Ricci Maia. After free throw from CSP, it was Maia's turn, knocking down a 3 late in the shot clock. "That was a gutsy road win," said MSU head coach Matt Muken. "We have a couple guys banged up and then ran into some foul trouble. Our execution down the stretch was excellent and Trevor hit a huge three. I'm very proud of him for staying mentally in the game despite being hurt and questionable if he could play. "We've been on our guys about winning the mental battle and that showed some real toughness for him to get himself ready to go, execute and then knock in the shot." The win snapped a three-game losing streak for MSU. Three pointers were the key for MSU most of the contest. The Beavers knocked down 12 in the game, nearly half of their total of 26 field goals. In the first half, the 3 kept MSU in the game, including a long 3 just before the halftime buzzer by Maia to give Minot State a 34-33 halftime lead.  FULL STORY

Blue Hawks Hold Off Saints for a Hard Fought Win
Dickinson -- The Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Men's Basketball team soared to a 90-85 North Star Athletic Association win over the Presentation College Saints on Friday night behind a great team defensive effort. The Blue Hawks trailed Presentation College at halftime with a score of 39-44 and the Blue Hawks outscored the Saints in the second half with a 51-41 score to win the contest with a final score of 90-85. The Blue Hawks were led in the scoring department by junior Ryan Clark with 16 points. Seniors Dontae Clark and Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. also scored in double digits for the Blue Hawks with 14 points each. Senior Reggie Fields Jr. and junior Ryan Clark led the Blue Hawks with 7 total rebounds each. Junior Terrell Butler, Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. and Dontae Clark also pulled down 6 total rebounds  each for the Blue Hawks in the win. FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- Heading into week three of 2017 on the North Dakota prep sports landscape, hoops, hockey, and wrestling action continues at a frenetic pace as athletes move into the heart of their regular season. On the hardwood last week, in Class B boys' contests, Beulah picked up a pair of home victories in Super-Region 7 play--called on KDKT Sports Radio--at the expense of Hettinger-Scranton and Hazen. The Miners outlasted the Nighthawks 73-66 behind a 22-point outburst from Jr G Derek Ferebee; then three nights later, Beulah blasted the Bison 63-21 on the strength of impressively balanced scoring, as six Miner players contributed between 7 and 12 points to the winning effort.  Beulah improved to 7-2 on the winter, and faces league opponents New England and Richardton-Taylor in this new week unfolding. KDKT 1410 will cover the Miners v. Raiders matchup this Friday evening from Coal Country. The broadcast will commence at 6:30 pm CST. KDKT will also call the District 10 boys' hoops' showdown this Tuesday evening between Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky and the host Underwood Comets. Pre-game commentary will begin at 7:00 pm CST.  Elsewhere on the Class B boys' cage scene last week, Hillsboro-Central Valley toppled top-ranked Four Winds-Minnewauken 68-63; 4th-rated Linton-HMB crunched Kidder County 72-57; #7 Dickinson Trinity scorched New England 76-28 and drilled Heart River 70-55; 3rd-ranked Shiloh Christian demolished Grant County 71-20; Solen whipped Flasher 67-37 and slammed Wilton-Wing 67-38; Watford City walloped Tioga 61-32; Standing Rock dumped New Salem-Almont 63-48; Mott-Regent stomped New Salem-Almont 67-39 and hammered Killdeer 60-40; Washburn outgunned Center-Stanton 66-46; Garrison gouged Underwood 61-32; and Flasher handled New England 61-47. Additionally, Beach trounced Trenton 65-40; Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter nudged Lisbon 55-53; Glen Ullin-Hebron nipped Richardton-Taylor 51-50; Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky pulled away from Washburn 58-48; Wilton-Wing whipped Max 67-48; Minot Ryan vanquished Velva-Sawyer 76-47 and beat Bottineau 58-41; Des Lacs-Burlington drilled Towner-Granville-Upham 81-49 and routed Velva-Sawyer 78-43; and Bowman County blitzed Grant County 62-41. Elsewhere, Dunseith outraced New Town 95-91; Hettinger-Scranton blitzed Bison (SD) 80-49; Lemmon (SD) trounced Beach 69-49; White Shield held off Garrison 68-66; and Wilton-Wing outscored Glenburn 76-64. This past weekend also saw another edition of the Bismarck Event Center Class B Basketball Jamboree staged for 16 boys' teams and 16 girls' squads in the Capital City. In two guys' matchups involving state-ranked teams, #4 Linton-HMB squared off against 7th-rated Dickinson Trinity and #3 Shiloh Christian tangled with Heart River. In the Lions v. Titans showdown, there were 15 lead changes and six ties before Trinity spurted ahead and eventually claimed a 70-62 victory, spurred by five Trinity players registering double digits in points. Meanwhile, Shiloh, after creating a 16-point halftime lead for itself, held on against Heart River 65-58. In the other boys' Jamboree contests in the Event Center's main arena, Solen outpaced Strasburg-Zeeland 52-40; New Salem-Almont rolled over Killdeer 52-32; Flasher outlasted Bowman County 53-50; Mott-Regent pounded Standing Rock 71-50; Underwood eased by New England 50-42; and Richardton-Taylor breezed by Grant County 45-33. On the girls' side of things at the Event Center Jamboree in the Exhibit Hall, Bowman County surprised 9th-ranked Grant County 44-42; Standing Rock nudged Mott-Regent 45-43; Killdeer crunched Flasher 58-43; Underwood whipped New England 44-29; Glen Ullin-Hebron stomped Strasburg-Zeeland 45-18; Kidder County dumped Dickinson Trinity 46-30; 7th-rated Shiloh Christian disposed of Wilton-Wing 46-37; and Heart River outlasted Linton-HMB in overtime, 46-43. In other girls' cage contests this past week, Washburn trounced Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 58-19 but got clipped by Beulah 61-59 on a last-second three-pointer banked in by Miners' Sr post Abbey Schantz; Flasher raced past Solen 76-49; Standing Rock drubbed New Salem-Almont 53-24; Killdeer routed Beulah 65-48; and Shiloh Christian rallied to down Grant County 54-48. Additionally, Underwood walloped Garrison 61-32; Hettinger-Scranton hammered Richardton-Taylor 54-18 and humbled Killdeer 55-38; Bowman County blasted Beach 52-26; Mott-Regent defeated Dickinson Trinity 50-43; Watford City whipped Beach 60-47 and outlasted New Town in overtime, 65-58; and New Salem-Almont trounced Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 49-27 and also outpointed Underwood 63-54. Furthermore, Flasher downed Bowman County 53-40; 4th-ranked Carrington disposed of Barnes County North 49-34; Glen Ullin-Hebron eased past Beach 72-62; Hazen hammered Richardton-Taylor 52-20; Heart River held off New England 47-39; Kenmare tipped Divide County 45-44; Minot Ryan mauled Glenburn 77-18; Des Lacs-Burlington beat Berthold 56-42; and Rugby roughed up Drake-Anamoose 83-14. Finally, #3 Kindred staved off Thompson 39-34; Garrison walloped White Shield 62-14; Hettinger-Scranton humbled Bison 63-23; Lemmon sprinted past Beach 71-54; and Velva-Sawyer victimized Westhope-Newburg 57-38. On the ice, in prep hockey action, Century blitzed Williston 6-1; Bismarck blanked Bottineau-Rugby 4-zip; Fargo South-Shanley whitewashed Devils Lake-Cando 3-0; and Grafton-Park River edged West Fargo in overtime, 6-5. On the Class B prep wrestling front, Hazen hosted an invitational tourney this past Saturday; but at the time of this writing, final results had not been released. However, Hettinger-Scranton journeyed to the prestigious Miles City (MT) Cowboy Invitational over the weekend, and placed 4th overall in the team standings, and 2nd in the small-school division, with 148 points. Nighthawk grapplers under the guidance of head coach Randy Burwick nabbed seven individual places in six different weight-classes, led by champions Kyle Burwick at 120 lbs and Isaac Anderson @ 170.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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