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UND Seals Sweep, Clinches Share of Penrose Cup
Grand Forks --  It's hard to tell what was the better moment witnessed by 12,004 fans (season highest turnout) at Ralph Engelstad Arena tonight. Was it when UND killed a 5-on-3 St. Cloud State power play for a full two minutes early in a game scoreless at the time, allowing just two shots, no goals and earning a deafening ovation from the fans? Or was it when the seven seniors on the UND were honored post-game on Senior Night after a 3-1 victory over the Huskies that clinched at least a tie for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference(NCHC) title for UND? Seniors Connor Gaarder and Nick Mattson  joined rookie Austin Poganski in scoring goals as the top-rated team in the nation improved to 24-6-3 overall and ran its unbeaten streak to seven games. As outstanding as the early 5-on-3 penalty kill was for UND against the NCHC's top power play team, it could prove quite costly. Senior Mark MacMillan blocked a blast with his left leg by rocket-shooting Jonny Brodzinski while helping kill that penalty and didn't return to the game. He later hobbled onto the ice for the post-game tribute hopping on one leg. UND coach Dave Hakstol said he was unable to talk about the full extent of the injury to MacMillan, who centers the top line and is one of UND's leading scorers.  FULL STORY

NDSU Men’s Basketball Earns Share of Summit League Title, Plays Denver in Quarterfinals

Fargo -- The North Dakota State men's basketball team earned a share of the Summit League regular season championship on Saturday and will be the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Summit League Tournament. With South Dakota's 80-64 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday afternoon, the Jackrabbits fell back into a first-place tie with NDSU at 12-4 in league play. SDSU and NDSU will share the league's regular season title. This is the third Summit League regular season title for NDSU after earning the league crown outright in the 2008-09 and 2013-14 seasons. The Bison have won back-to-back regular season conference titles for the first time since the 1940-41 and 1941-42 seasons in the North Central Conference. SDSU will enter The Summit League Men's Basketball Championship as the top seed by virtue of the league's tiebreaker procedures. Eight teams begin play at the tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday, March 7, which will determine the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in the championship game on Tuesday, March 10. No. 2 seed and defending tournament champion NDSU (20-9, 12-4) plays Saturday's second quarterfinal game, matching up against No. 7 Denver (12-17, 6-10) at 8:30 p.m.  FULL STORY

Pike’s Hat Trick Paces
Cats to Weekend Split

Bismarck -- Jared Pike recorded the team’s first hat trick of the year and the Bismarck Bobcats scored six unanswered goals to blast by the Minnesota Wilderness 8-4 Saturday at the VFW Sports Center. With the Cats trailing 4-2 after the first, co-captain Evan Giesler kick-started the offense 43 seconds into the middle frame, outmaneuvering Wilderness goalie Ryan Anderson off a Willie Brown entry pass and backhanding home his 25th goal of the year to cut Minnesota’s lead to one. Rookie defender Garrett Nelson followed up 1:34 later, belting a low shot through a Matt Perry screen for his first NAHL goal and a 4-4 tie. Off the ensuing faceoff, Minnesota bid to reclaim the lead as Ian Mansfield found himself all alone with a Janis Jaks rebound on the rush, but Bobcat goalie Hunter Shepard flew to his right to kick out the second chance and keep the game squared at four. Blueliner Tony German pushed the Bobcats ahead for good on the power play with 5:39 left in the frame, searing a one-timer from Aaron Herdt inside the left post to bring the 1,323 fans at the VFW Sports Center to their feet.  FULL STORY

Marauders Head Basketball Coach Jevin Budde Resigns Position
-- After four seasons leading the University of Mary men's basketball team, head coach Jevin Budde has resigned, announced Marauders Athletic Director Roger Thomas. "We appreciate everything Jevin Budde has done for the men's basketball program, the University of Mary and our community," said Thomas. "We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors." During Budde's tenure as Marauders head coach, U-Mary posted a record of 28-79 overall and 22-66 in Northern Sun contests. U-Mary's top finish in the NSIC was 11th in 2011-12 when the league featured 14 teams. This season the Marauders finished 9-18 overall and 7-15 in the NSIC. U-Mary placed 12th in the 16-team league. As head coach, Budde's players earned seven NSIC All-Academic Team citations, one received All-NSIC honors, and one was selected as the NSIC Player of the Week. Two players, Damon Smith and Alex Dorr, are playing professionally in Europe. Budde originally joined U-Mary as an assistant coach prior to the 2009-10 season and helped rejuvenate the men's basketball program. U-Mary posted its first winning season in NCAA Division II his inaugural year on campus. The Marauders then went 23-6 behind the strength of four senior starters and advanced to the school's first NCAA tournament in 2010-11.  FULL STORY
Blue Hawks Seasons Ends with a 85-74 Loss in the NSAA Quarterfinals to Dakota State
-- The Dickinson State University Men's Basketball team had its chances on Thursday night in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men' Basketball Quarterfinals.  With eight lead changes, five ties and the Hawk's biggest lead in the first half at 8, they couldn't hold on to upset #2 seed Dakota State. In the second half the Hawks were outscored by the Trojans, 54-38 to give the Trojans the 85-74 victory.  MORE 

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- Last week could be summed up as "hoops hysteria" on the North Dakota prep sports scene as eight regional tournaments were staged in Class B girls' basketball and Class B boys' squads either concluded regular-season play or commenced with district tourneys. KDKT Sports Radio was in Dickinson to cover three busy days' of the Super-Region 7 girls' buckets extravaganza--carrying eight contests from the quarterfinal round through the title tilt. Claiming its first regional crown since 2008 was Dickinson Trinity, as the Titans held off the Hazen Bison 60-53 in Thursday night's championship showdown. Pacing Trinity to its hard-earned victory was Jr P Alanna Sickler who poured in 31 points. Glen Ullin-Hebron knocked off defending champion Beach for 3rd place  58-48 boasting four double-figure scorers led by Fr G Kennedy Zuroff who dropped in 17 points. In Monday's quarterfinal games, Trinity downed Beulah 48-29, Beach outlasted Killdeer 52-50, Hazen hammered Hettinger-Scranton 52-30, and Glen Ullin-Hebron rallied to beat Bowman County 46-42. The following evening in semifinal showdowns, Trinity blitzed Beach 59-34 and Hazen survived Glen Ullin-Hebron 43-38. With its regional championship in hand, Trinity will now play in this week's state B tourney (Thursday through Saturday) in the Magic City at the Minot State University Dome. The Titans drew 4th-seeded Thompson as its quarterfinal opponent on Thursday night. Other opening-day matchups have top-ranked and top-seeded Minot Ryan facing Shiloh Christian; Parshall colliding with 2nd-seeded Kindred; and #3 seed Lakota-Edmore squaring off against LaMoure-Litchville-Marion. On the Class B boys' hoops' landscape this past week, in a game called on KDKT, Hazen raced past Beulah 64-52 behind a 32-point explosion recorded by Soph F Wyatt Carr. Elsewhere in Super-Region 7 regular-season finales, Dickinson Trinity drilled Killdeer 66-40; Hettinger-Scranton swarmed Beach 90-51, buoyed by a 44-point eruption registered by Jr G Hayden Sadowsky; Heart River overwhelmed Bowman County 82-46; and Mott-Regent thumped Richardton-Taylor 55-41. With those games completed, what occurs next for Super-Region 7 teams is opening-round action of the regional tournament to take place this Tuesday (March 3). The top-three seeded teams--5th-ranked New England, Heart River, and Trinity--receive byes, while the other ten squads square off for the opportunity to join the Tigers, Cougars, and Titans in Dickinson on March 9 for quarterfinal-round contests. The five 1st-round matchups will be hosted by the higher-seeded participant in each game. The pairings for this Tuesday are as follows: #4 Beulah battles #13 Mandaree; #5 Hettinger-Scranton tangles with #12 Beach; 6th-seeded Killdeer faces 11th-seeded Bowman County; #10 Glen Ullin-Hebron confronts #7 Mott-Regent; and #9 Hazen challenges #8 Richardton-Taylor. KDKT will be in Richardton to call all the action of the encounter between the Bison and the Raiders. In opening-round District 9 tourney play at Mandan High School this past week, Standing Rock sprinted past New Salem-Almont 75-65 and Flasher crushed Grant County 64-16. In Saturday's semifinals, Shiloh Christian slammed Standing Rock 73-50 and Solen outpaced Flasher 74-61. In day-one District 10 action in Washburn, Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky disposed of Wilton-Wing 59-51; Max crunched Center-Stanton 56-38; and Washburn waxed Underwood 48-33. On Saturday, Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky rallied from a 13-point 4th quarter deficit to trim top-seeded Garrison 50-47; Max whipped Washburn 44-30; and in loser-out play, Underwood nipped Center-Stanton 54-52.  For both Districts 9 & 10, regional-qualifying and title tilts will be held this Monday (March 2). In District 9, the slate of games includes Flasher v. New Salem-Almont (RQ), Standing Rock v. Grant County (RQ), and Shiloh Christian against Solen (for the championship). In District 10, the showdowns are Washburn v. Wilton-Wing and Garrison v. Underwood to qualify for regionals, and TLMM against Max for the crown. Also last week in Class A boys' hoops, top-ranked Century held off cross-town rival Bismarck 70-65, while in A girls' action, #2 Century blasted Bismarck 68-40. This last weekend also saw Fargo and West Fargo host the boys' and girls' ND state hockey tournaments.  In the boys' competition, opening-day winners were defending champion Bismarck, Grand Forks Central, Minot, and Fargo South-Shanley. Claiming semifinal victories that propelled them into Saturday night's title tilt were Grand Forks Central (producing a 6-0 whitewashing of Bismarck) and Minot (edging Fargo South-Shanley 2-1). In the championship clash, although producing less than half the shots-on-goal than their favored opponent, the Magicians of Minot upended the Knights of GF Central 2-1. It was the Magi's 2nd-ever state title following the one they nabbed in 1992. For Central, it was the 2nd-straight 2-1 setback in the state title game. Last year, the Knights fell to Bismarck by that identical tally. Clinching 3rd place in Fargo was Bismarck with a 5-4 overtime decision over Fargo South-Shanley. Grand Forks Red River grabbed consolation-bracket honors by doubling up Century 6-3. In girls' state tourney play, the Bismarck Blizzard won its second championship in three years by virtue of its razor-thin 3-2 victory over the Grand Forks Knight-Riders.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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