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Eichel's Two Goals Lift BU
Past UND in NCAA Semis

Grand Forks -- Despite a frantic, late third-period rally, the wait for championship number eight will continue for the University of North Dakota. Led by freshman sensation Jack Eichel, Boston University staked a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes and survived a pair of late North Dakota goals in a 5-3 Terriers’ win in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal. BU will face Hockey East rival Providence in Saturday night’s national championship game, while top-ranked UND’s season – and its bid for the eighth national championship in program history – comes to an end at 29-10-3. UND trailed 2-0 after the first period and 4-1 after two periods, but nearly pulled off a comeback for the ages with a pair of goals four minutes apart in the second half of the third period. With UND short-handed and trailing 4-1, sophomore defenseman Troy Stecher gave his team life when he skated the length of the ice to pressure BU goalie Matt O’Connor, who was playing a cleared puck behind his net. The puck caromed off the end boards and through his legs to Stecher, who was waiting at the top of the crease for any easy tap-in with 8:50 remaining. The goal was Stecher’s third of the season and UND’s NCAA-leading 12th short-handed tally.  FULL STORY

NDSU Baseball Falls at
South Dakota State Saturday, 5-4

Fargo -- Juan Gamez and Ben Petersen both tallied home runs, but it wasn't enough as the North Dakota State University baseball team (8-20, 3-11 Summit League) fell at South Dakota State (19-13, 8-6 Summit League) on Saturday, April 11, 5-4. The Bison and Jackrabbits are slated to complete the three-game Summit League series on Sunday, April 12, with a single game at 1 p.m. Gamez led NDSU at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, while Petersen went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI. Right-hander Reed Pfannenstein suffered the loss on the mound for the Bison after surrendering two earned runs on four hits in four innings of work. The Bison jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Petersen hit a round-tripper to left center on a 0-0 pitch. It was Petersen's second homer of the season. South Dakota State responded, though, plating three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead. The Jackrabbits increased their lead to 4-1 on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. NDSU cut the Jackrabbit lead to 4-2 after Gamez singled home Petersen in the top of the sixth, but SDSU answered in the bottom-half of the frame, plating a run on a single to build its lead to 5-2.  FULL STORY

Close Calls End Bobcats’ Season

Bismarck -- Two hard-luck goal calls went the wrong way Friday and the Bismarck Bobcats could not recover, falling 2-1 in Game Three of the Central Division Semifinals against the Minot Minotauros, giving the Tauros the series by a 3-0 margin. The first bad break the Cats caught came 5:01 into the game as a slow shot from Tim Athley came in on net on a delayed penalty call on the Bobcats. Goalie Hunter Shepard got his glove on the Athley offering at the right post and wound up being pushed into the net, along with the puck; no goal was awarded initially but upon consulting with the goal judge a score was awarded and the Bobcats trailed 1-0. In the second, the visitors pulled even on the power play thanks to a rising Tanner Salsberry slap shot that zipped through traffic and in past the glove of Minot netminder Atte Tolvanen with 12:43 to go in the frame. A broken play restored the Tauros’ lead at the 6:38 mark of the third when Casey Johnson kicked a puck on the rush that wound up on Johnny Walker’s stick and then into the net on a 25-foot wrister to make it 2-1 Minot. Just 67 seconds later, it appeared that Jared Pike had evened the game on a crazy bounce—much the way he’d scored in Game One—off a dump-in off the right-wing glass that somehow skirted the goal line and hopped into the net off the left post. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the referees huddled and the play was ruled offside to reverse the would-be equalizer.  FULL STORY

Heartwrenching Losses Dampen Military Appreciation Day for Marauders
-- A pair of exhilarating ballgames turned into two heartwrenching losses for the University of Mary on Military Appreciation Day. Twice U-Mary witnessed Concordia University, St. Paul score the winning runs in the final inning of each game as the Marauders dropped 4-2 and 5-4 Northern Sun decisions to the visiting Golden Bears. GAME 1: Concordia – St. Paul 4 U-Mary 2 A pitching duel between U-Mary's McKeon Meyhoff and Concordia's Zach Rengel came down to the final inning of play. With both pitchers in command, it took a late break for the Golden Bears to escape with the win. Trenten Hove opened the scoring with a solo home run to left for U-Mary (3-27 overall, 1-15 NSIC) with two outs in the third inning. After the Golden Bears (12-12, 10-6) tied the game in the fourth, the Marauders used speed and small ball to regain the lead in the fifth. Cory Dixon led off the inning with a ground ball through the left side. Hustling out of the batter's box, Dixon sprinted all the way to second for a double when he noticed the Concordia left fielder slow play the ball. After moving to third on a Mason Schiff sacrifice, Dixon scored on Tom Imholte's suicide squeeze bunt on a two strike pitch, providing U-Mary a 2-1 lead.  FULL STORY
Vikings Take Day One From Beavers
-- The combination of defensive miscues and Augustana College's hot bats didn't bode well for the Minot State baseball team Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action at Corbett Field. The visiting Vikings took the first two games of the series with a 23-6 win in game one and an 8-5 win in game two. Defense was the biggest story in the first game of the day as the Beavers recorded seven errors and the Vikings scored seven unearned runs. "I think our guys just came out a little bit with the wrong mindset," Brock Weppler, MSU head coach, said. "We've got to be confident in each other and we've got to compete and I think that first game we just weren't confident."  MORE 

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- In the week after Easter, warmer temperatures blanketed the Northern Plains, providing some terrific early-spring weather conditions for North Dakota prep baseball and track-&-field athletes. On the diamond, in a Class B Region 8 encounter, 6th-ranked Beulah edged #5 Shiloh Christian 2-1, as Miners' Jr righthander Josh Remmick outdueled Skyhawks' righty Daniel Slaubaugh for the mound win. Remmick surrendered a mere four hits over six innings of pitching, while teammate Alec Battest recorded the final three outs of the contest to be credited with a save. In the non-regional nightcap, Beulah prevailed over Shiloh 5-3. In other Region 8 matchups, Hazen swept Kidder County 8-0 and 12-2, while Hettinger-Scranton took a pair of games from Washburn - Wilton - Center - Stanton (WWCS) by scores of 8-zip and 6-2. In a Region 6 contest carried on KDKT Sports Radio, Max-Garrison rallied late to nip Central McLean 6-5; and elsewhere, the Legacy junior varsity of Bismarck outscored WWCS 9-5. Also, Shiloh Christian staged its annual seven-team invitational tourney (consisting of 10 games total) at Dwyer Field in Bismarck, and it proved to be a veritable showcase of some of North Dakota's top Class B squads. Five of the teams in the tourney field were ranked in the pre-season state coaches' poll, including top-rated Kindred-Richland and #2 Grafton. In first-day action, Kindred-Richland came back to overcome Shiloh 5-4, and the Vikings also clobbered Midkota 11-1 in six innings. Additionally, Grafton walloped defending state champion Watford City 12-1 in five frames, Thompson trounced the Wolves 10-2, and Midkota doubled up Bottineau 4-2. In 2nd-day games, Shiloh whitewashed Bottineau 8-0, Midkota outpaced Watford City 6-1, Grafton drubbed Thompson 9-2, and Thompson downed Bottineau by that exact tally.  In the afternoon's most entertaining contest, Grafton--notwithstanding being handcuffed by Shiloh starting righthander Andrew Hartmann on just one hit through five innings of play--rallied in the final two frames to nip the Skyhawks 3-2. The Spoilers pulled out the win even though they were outhit by the Hawks 11-2. What's in store this week for West River baseball teams is a trio of games to be covered by KDKT Sports Radio. On Monday (April 13), Hazen hosts Velva-Drake-Anamoose in inter-regional play at Slinde Field, while Beulah entertains Hettinger-Scranton in Region 8 action Tuesday (April 14) at Goldmann Field. Concluding the week is a Friday afternoon Coal Country Region 8 showdown between Hazen and Beulah on the Miners' home diamond. In Class A West Region baseball action this past week, Century swept Williston 6-3 (regional counter) and 3-2, and Bismarck split with Mandan. The Demons won the game factoring into the regional standings 6-4, while the Braves rallied to claim the nightcap 13-12. On the local prep track-&-field scene this past week, Dickinson staged its annual Carlson Booster Invitational Meet, with a pair of Capital City squads prevailing as team titlists--Bismarck in the boys' division and Century in the girls' division. There were several individual highlights noteworthy of mention. Regarding boy competitors, last spring's state champion in the 100 meter dash--Dickinson Trinity's Dawson Cram--won his specialty in 11.22 seconds, while Minot's Karter Gorney sped to a 22.64-second clocking in the 200 to win that sprint. Ryan Wheeling of New Town claimed victory in the 800 in a blistering, early-season time of 2:00.73, and Bismarck's Sam Clausnitzer and Shiloh's Elliott Stone respectively won the other two distance races--the 1600 and 3200. Moreover, Dickinson's Carter Blackwell was a double-winner, garnering victories in the 110 & 300 hurdles. In field events, Bismarck's Jon Tharaldsen heaved the shotput 59'1" to take top honors, while Elijah Grady of New Town flung the discus 159'4" to nab that title. On the girls' side of the ledger in Dickinson, Dakota Wood of Hazen turned in a phenomenal performance, winning three races--the 200, 100 hurdles, and 300 hurdles--and grabbing 2nd place in the 100. Other multi-event winners were Blythe Ehrmantraut of Bismarck in the high & long jumps and Century's Maggie Schwarzkopf in the shotput and discus. This past Saturday, the Capital City held the annual Charlie Denton Relays at the Community Bowl; and in the high-profile meet, Bismarck won the boys' division by nine points over cross-town rival Century (188 to 179 markers), while Century took team honors in the girls' division with a whopping 258.5 points. In terms of individual performances, it was a banner day for a multitude of athletes--particularly sprinters. Minot's Karter Gorney ran a scorching 10.94 in the 100 to win that event--a mere .13 second ahead of runner-up Hunter Johnson of Bismarck. Johnson captured the 200 in 22.17 seconds--among four blazers to break the 23-second barrier. Winning the 400 was Century's Jacob Richter in 49.99 seconds, while St. Mary's middle-distance ace Byrne Curl claimed the 800 in an eye-popping time of 1:56.82. Altogether, seven runners ran that race faster than 2:01. Eliott Stone of Shiloh Christian turned in the best time of all 1600 competitors, clocking 4:24.26, while Bismarck's Sam Clausnitzer cruised to a 3200 win in 9:42.67. Additionally, New Town's Elijah Grady recorded the best discus performance of the day--161'9"--while Bismarck's Jon Tharaldsen muscled the shotput 60'3" to win that throwing event. In the Denton girls' competition, Cara Haussler of Bismarck sped to victories in the 200 (25.29 seconds) and 400 (57.42 seconds), with Century thrower Maggie Schwarzkopf also winning a pair of events--the shotput (44'5") and the discus (127'4").

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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