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Second period paces UND
to 4-1 Win Over Miami

Grand Forks -- Mark MacMillan, one of three assistant captains on the University of North Dakota men's hockey team, carries a ton of clout, both because of his skill as a player and as a leader. He certainly doesn't dictate what is shown nationally on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 plays of the day, though he felt he had a close look at the No. 1 play tonight, courtesy of linemate Drake Caggiula. Caggiula entered the Miami defensive zone, turned around Miami defenseman Ben Paulides with drag move with speed, slipped the puck through his skates, deked Miami goalie Ryan McKay at the top the crease and slipped a backhand past him through the 5-hole. That turned out to be the winning goal in North Dakota's 4-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) victory over the RedHawks tonight in front of a sellout of 11,802 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Bryn Chyzyk set it up by taking a big hit at center ice, but managing to dish the puck ahead to Caggiula, who did the rest. "Without Chyzyk taking that hit, making that play, that goal doesn't happen,'' Caggiula said. The win salvaged a split of the two-game series for UND, which saw its 8-game unbeaten streak ended Friday night in a 3-2 loss to Miami.  FULL STORY

Wentz Throws Record Five TDs, Bison Rout Missouri State 45-10

Fargo -- John Crockett rushed for a season-high 177 yards and Carson Wentz threw a school-record five touchdown passes to lead No. 4-ranked North Dakota State to a 45-10 win at Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Plaster Stadium. Defensive end Kyle Emanuel had a team-high 10 tackles with two sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception for the Bison, who improved to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the MVFC. Missouri State fell to 4-7 overall and 1-6 in the conference. Wentz started the game 1 of 6 with two interceptions before completing 14 of his final 16 passes including a pair of TD strikes to cousin Connor Wentz on plays of 13 and 14 yards.  Andrew Bonnet, Trevor Gebhart and Zach Vraa also caught TDs. Wide receiver Eric Perkins had kickoff returns of 32 and 37 yards, and also returned two punts with a long of 15 yards in his first game as NDSU's primary kick returner. NDSU made Missouri State pay for a pair of interceptions. The Bison followed Travis Beck's 21-yard return with Bonnet's 16-yard TD catch on the next play, and Emanuel had a 27-yard return to MSU's 16 that led to a 14-yard Wentz-to-Wentz touchdown two plays later. Vraa had his 10th career 100-yard receiving game with five catches for a season-high 119 yards. He made catches of 20 and 45 yards before a 40-yard TD strike in the third quarter and passed Ryan Smith for fourth place on NDSU's all-time receptions list with 149 career catches.  FULL STORY

Bobcats Tipped in Overtime
Bismarck -- Though they were able to force overtime for the first in 2014-15, the Bismarck Bobcats fell 5-4 Saturday to the Aberdeen Wings at the VFW Sports Center. Leading 2-1 after two periods, the Bobcats fell into a tie game just 21 seconds into the third when Wings captain Kyle Haak got a mid-slot redirect of a Michael Heidkamp point shot that Bobcat goalie Alex Bitsakis couldn’t recover to. Aberdeen claimed their first lead at 3-2 a mere 38 ticks later when forward Collin Hughes snapped a short shot over Bitsakis’ blocker to stun the crowd of 1,450. The Bobcats did not back down, however: Alex Strand struck on the power play with 15:45 to go in the third, ripping a rising shot off Aberdeen netminder Andrew Shortridge and in on the power play to tie the game at three. Another momentum swing tilted the score in the Wings’ favor at 4-3 with 5:40 remaining as veteran winger Bjorn Sigurdarson turned a Bobcat turnover into a bad-angle goal. That lead would last all of 19 seconds as Bobcat captain Evan Giesler tallied his second of the night on an abbreviated forecheck on a rising wrister through traffic that fooled Shortridge stick side, knotting the game right back up 4-4. A Wings power play granted with less than a minute left in the frame did not yield a result in regulation, but it did produce the game-winner 58 seconds into bonus hockey as blueliner Tanner Okeson lofted a long shot through traffic that squeezed under Bitsakis’ glove to give Aberdeen the game by a final of 5-4.  FULL STORY

Record Performances Still Leaves Marauders Short in Season Finale
-- Elby Pope and Zach Roberson left big impressions on the University of Mary record book today but the duo couldn't lead the Marauders back from a second straight double digit halftime deficit. U-Mary exploded for 34 second-half points but finished the season with a 55-44 loss at St. Cloud State University. In the last game of his career, Pope became the Marauders all-time career leader in receptions (193) and reception yardage (2,781) after catching 11 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. It was the fourth straight game he has hauled in double-digit catches and triple-digit yardage. Seth Maier held the U-Mary reception record with 191 catches. Jake Pfau held the yardage mark with 2,682. Roberson became the first U-Mary player to throw for over 500 yards in a game. The junior signal caller completed 40-of-64 passes for 505 yards and five touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the fourth straight game he has thrown for over 400 yards. The Sonora, Calif., native set school single game records for attempts, completions and passing yards in a game. The previous school record for attempts in a game was 59 by Henry Lau against Wayne State College on Nov. 8, 2008. The completion record was 34 by Lau in the Wayne State game and by Craig Bagnell. Bagnell twice completed 34 passes in a game, the last time at MSU Moorhead on Oct. 26, 2013. The yardage record was 473 by Tim Garcia against Valley City State in 2002FULL STORY
Blue Hawks Down Jimmies, 28-21
-- The Blue Hawks picked up their seventh win of the season against Jamestown on Saturday, 28-21. Dickinson State is now 7-4 on the season and 5-1 in North Star play. Jamestown falls to 5-5 and 4-2 in conference play. The Blue Hawks opened the scoring in the first quarter. Kaler Ray found JT Keith on a 29-yard pass and Josh Borm added the point after touchdown to give Dickinson State a 7-0 lead. Ray's arm struck again in the first quarter, this time to Austin Brown. Ray connected with Brown on a 59-yard pass (Borm PAT) to give the Blue Hawks a 14-0 lead.  MORE 

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah --
It was "Championship Friday" this past week for eight North Dakota prep football teams as a quartet of Dakota Bowl title tilts--one for each division of gridiron play in the state--took place indoors at the Grand Forks Alerus Center. KDKT Sports Radio was on hand to provide a live call of the Class A final between the Killdeer Cowboys and the Park River-Fordville-Lankin Aggies, and the Aggies eventually prevailed in the highly competitive matchup 26-18. In the seesaw affair, Park River-Fordville-Lankin tallied the final points of the game--the contest-clinching touchdown--on a 3rd-quarter 72-yard Jackson Hankey fumble return. Pacing the Aggies offensively was Sr quarterback Abraham Hankey who threw for just under 200 yards (194) and tossed a pair of TD passes. Killdeer received rushing touchdowns from Sr QB Trenton Rohr (17 yards) and Sr RB Lewis Dobitz (1 yard) and also a 42-yard punt return TD from senior Dillon Jepson. The Cowboys--appearing in their first state championship football game since 1995--concluded their 2014 campaign with a 9-2 record and their head mentor Lou Dobitz was acknowledged by his peers as Class A Coach of the Year. In the 9-man title game, top-ranked and defending state champion Cavalier won another crown--and extended its winning streak to 24 games--by virtue of its 36-6 pounding of 2nd-rated Shiloh Christian. The Tornadoes had two 100-yard rushers in senior NDSU-bound RB Brock Robbins and Sr QB Trent Karel. Robbins registered 142 ground yards and three touchdowns and Karel added 109 rushing yards, including 22 on a trip to the endzone. The Skyhawks, who qualified for their 1st-ever Dakota Bowl appearance this fall, finished their season with a sterling 11-1 ledger.  In the AA showdown, #1 Bismarck St. Mary's repeated as champion, downing #2 Fargo Shanley 21-7. The victory was the Saints' 12th win of the campaign and their second over the Deacons this fall. In the season-opener back on August 29, St. Mary's edged Shanley in double-overtime 28-27. An interesting sidenote to mention is that the 2014 state championship was the fifth title overall won by Saints' veteran head coach Dan Smrekar. His teams also claimed crowns in 1988, 1991, & 1994 prior to last year. On the AAA front, 2nd-ranked Fargo Davies breezed to its first-ever state championship in football by smothering Minot 41-10. The Eagles' lone loss on the season came against Grand Forks Red River; but in the playoffs, Davies dumped in consecutive weeks Dickinson, defending state champion Fargo South, and then the Magicians from the Magic City. With the wrap-up of football this past weekend in Grand Forks, the only fall prep sport still in progress is volleyball, and that will conclude this week in Minot with the combined Class B and Class A state tournaments. This past week, the Hazen Bison qualified for state for the first time in five years by sweeping to the Region 7 championship with consecutive victories over Heart River, Dickinson Trinity, and arch-rival Beulah. The 4th-seeded Lady Bison will now face Grant County (the Region 5 titlist) in the state tourney's quarterfinal-round this Thursday night (8:00 pm CST) at the Minot State University Dome. The other first-day Class B matchups in Minot are the following: top-seeded Hankinson v. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter; 2nd-seeded North Star colliding with Thompson; and #3 seed Minot Our Redeemer's tangling with Ray. On the Class A volleyball scene, state tourney qualifiers from the West Region are Century, Jamestown, Mandan, and Bismarck. In the West Region title match Saturday evening at the Dickinson High gymnasium--a reprisal of last November's state championship showdown between Century and Jamestown--the Patriots from the Capital City edged the Blue Jays from the Buffalo City 3 games to 2. Game 5 was about as dramatic as a final set could be, with the Pats downing the Jays 23-21 in that match finale. State tounament qualifiers from the East Region are champion Fargo Shanley, runner-up Grand Forks Red River, and also Fargo Davies and Fargo South. The quarterfinal-round pairings for this week's state A volleyball tournament in Minot have Mandan confronting Shanley, Davies taking on Jamestown, Red River squaring off with Bismarck, and Fargo South challenging Bismarck Century.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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