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Balanced Scoring Leads UND to Season Sweep Over CC
Grand Forks -- UND senior Mark MacMillan might be the leading candidate for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's best hockey player if he could play against Colorado College every weekend. MacMillan scored his seventh goal in four games against the Tigers this season on Saturday night and his 10th in 16 career games against them to lead North Dakota to a 5-3 National Collegiate Hockey Conference victory and a series sweep. The sweep was the fifth of the season by UND. More importantly, UND moved to within one point of league-leading Omaha in the NCHC race heading into next weekend's series in Omaha. UND, 18-5-2 overall and 9-4-1 in league play, also moved to No. 2 in the national Pairwise Rankings, trailing only Minnesota State. North Dakota once again flashed its strong depth in completing the four-game season series sweep from the Tigers. Five different players scored a goal each, led by a goal apiece from the line of Drake Caggiula, Bryn Chyzk and Luke Johnson. Team captain Stephane Pattyn joined MacMillan in goal scoring to round out the NoDak attack. Defenseman Nick Mattson chipped in with a pair of assists to join Caggiula (goal, assist) with a two-point game.  FULL STORY

NDSU Stumbles at Fort Wayne, 77-71

Fargo -- The North Dakota State men's basketball team cut a 16-point deficit down to three points in the second half, but Fort Wayne held on for a 77-71 victory in Summit League play at the Gates Sports Center on Saturday evening. IPFW (9-11, 2-5 Summit) opened up a 16-point lead at 49-33 with 13:49 remaining, but NDSU responded with a 10-0 run to trim the margin to six. The Bison eventually pulled within three points at 63-60 with four minutes left, following a jumper by Paul Miller and a three-pointer from A.J. Jacobson. The Mastodons' Mo Evans converted a three-point play to push their lead back to 66-60, and NDSU never got closer than four points the rest of the way. NDSU (13-7, 5-2 Summit) had four players in double-figure scoring, led by Jacobson with 17 points. Lawrence Alexander scored 16, Miller had 14, and Kory Brown added 10. Brown also led the Bison with six rebounds and three assists. IPFW shot 51 percent in the game, while NDSU shot 48 percent. The Bison made 10-of-24 attempts from three-point range, led by a 4-of-6 effort by Jacobson from beyond the arc. The Mastodons had six players score in double figures, led by 16 points from Max Landis. Alexander passed Ben Woodside for the NDSU career record in minutes played. Through 118 career games, Alexander has played 4,130 minutes. Woodside totaled 4,117 minutes in the same number of games.  FULL STORY

Piotrowski Delivers
Bobcats OT Winner

Bismarck -- Deep into overtime of a game where it looked like luck might not be on their side, the Bismarck Bobcats caught a huge bounce when J.M. Piotrowski’s shot was blocked by the Brookings Blizzard defense into their own net to lift the Cats to a 3-2 victory Saturday at the VFW Sports Center. Things started well for the Bobcats, as well, as the team’s co-captains hooked up to open the scoring when Evan Giesler cashed in a cross-ice pass from Cullen Willox on the power play 8:25 into the game for a quick 1-0 lead. With the score, Giesler moved past Ryan Wiggins (1999-2001) for fourth place in franchise history with 47 career goals. The Cats’ advantage would grow to 2-0 with 7:09 to go in the first on the forecheck as newly minted assistant captain Matt Perry elevated a bad-angle backhander over the blocker of Brookings goalie Ryan Kubic to halt a 12-game goalless streak. As they did the previous two meetings, however, Brookings shrugged off the two-goal deficit: starting on a power play rush when center Oscar Odd floated a transition pass on the power play that deflected off a skate and in past Bobcat netminder Hunter Shepard at the 12:06 mark of the second. FULL STORY

Marauders Outlast the Bulldogs
in a 75-71 Victory

-- Jaycob Velasco set the pace tonight for the offense and the University of Mary Men's Basketball team endured a hot second half from the University of Minnesota Duluth to hold on for a 75-71 victory to conclude Alumni Weekend. U-Mary had the hot hand in the first half, but not before the Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-6 lead by the first media break. The Marauders employed a hardy defense and knotted the score at 17 apiece by the second media break. The Marauder offense started kicking into gear, led by 15 first-half points from Velasco, as they pulled away from Minnesota Duluth by the third break of the half, 27-21. Down the stretch, the Marauders scored 15 of the next 19 points in the game and held a commanding 42-25 lead going into halftime. The Alumni were introduced at the half and the Marauder's offense started to slow a bit coming out of the intermission. Though U-Mary still held a 52-40 lead by the first media break of the second half, the Bulldogs offense got into gear and rallied off a 19-4 run to surge ahead by the second break, 59-56. Both teams traded baskets back-and-forth until the final media break, and it was the last three minutes of the game that turned into the most exciting. Coming off a 68-68 tie, Marquealis Edwards took a pass from Velasco and fired off a quick three-pointer with 2:22 remaining to put U-Mary ahead, 71-68. The Bulldogs responded and notched a quick layup 25 seconds later to keep pace with the Marauders, 71-70.  FULL STORY
Blue Hawks Fall in Tight Game to Dakota State, 70-68
-- The Blue Hawks dropped a tightly contested battle against Dakota State, 70-68. Dickinson State is now 9-10 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Half way through the first, Dickinson State led 15-12 after a Jacob Gondrezick field goal. Taylor Zirbel responded for the Trjoans with a field goal of his own to cut the lead to 15-14. Jeremy Samuelson then hit a three to put the Blue Hawks up 18-14. The Trojans tied the game with 7:00 on the clock, on a field goal from Miguel Sansavour, 20-20. MORE 

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As January gets ready to flip on the calendar, this past week was very hectic with North Dakota winter prep sports activity. On the hardwood, numerous games were staged over a recent six-day period, and KDKT Sports Radio was on-hand for a pair of boys' matchups involving Super-Region 7 squads. In the first, hosted by New England, the tenacious Tigers spurted in the 2nd half to surprise the 4th-ranked Beulah Miners 56-46 to saddle Beulah with just its second loss of the season. Three days later, Beulah entertained the Richardton-Taylor Raiders and managed to escape with a hard-fought 45-40 victory. Pacing the Miners offensively were Sr P Luke Blood and Jr F Casey Walcker with 13 & 12 points, respectively, while the Raiders were led by Sr P Spencer Floberg who tallied 14 counters. Beulah will next take to the court this Monday (Jan 26) when it visits Center-Stanton for a 7:30 pm CST contest. KDKT Sports Radio will call that tilt live with its pre-game show commencing at 7:00. Elsewhere on the boys' hoops' scene this past week, Hettinger-Scranton humbled Hazen 74-46; Heart River outpointed Dickinson Trinity 58-52, crushed Beach 65-31, and hammered Grant County 57-19; Shiloh Christian slammed New Salem-Almont 55-27 and spanked Kidder County 53-41; Killdeer doubled up Beach 60-30 and pulled away from Glen Ullin-Hebron 49-38; Flasher survived Standing Rock in two overtimes 76-69; Linton-HMB upended #3 Central Cass in Jamestown 64-50; 5th-rated Fargo Oak Grove also defeated Central Cass 85-74; and New Town nudged North Shore-Plaza 59-52. Additionally, top-ranked Four Winds-Minnewauken blasted New Rockford-Sheyenne 81-47; #2 Rugby thrashed Dunseith 57-27; Watford City trimmed Williston Trinity Christian 55-52; Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky trumped Underwood 51-41; Wilton-Wing edged Center-Stanton 56-53; Flasher held off Kidder County 55-51; and Solen crushed Grant County 69-26. Also, Watford City whipped Divide County 74-36; Solen sprinted past White Shield 76-42; Flasher rallied to clip Glen Ullin-Hebron 49-44; New England stomped Mandaree 82-46; and Mott-Regent cruised by Bowman County 50-38, but lost to New Salem-Almont 50-46. On the girls' side of the ledger, 9th-ranked Watford City walloped Trenton 82-40 and downed Beulah 69-46, while the Miners routed Mandaree 71-38, smacked Richardton-Taylor 64-27, but then fell to Coal Country rival Hazen 65-46. Elsewhere, Hazen nearly doubled up Hettinger-Scranton 53-27; Glen Ullin-Hebron hammered Richardton-Taylor 62-29 and edged Flasher 39-37; Heart River outlasted Mott-Regent 47-41; #3 Carrington steamrolled Griggs County 80-29 and breezed by Ellendale 53-39; Washburn waxed Solen 51-23; and Kidder County routed New Salem-Almont 59-38. Additionally, Standing Rock slipped past Flasher 59-56; Velva demolished Drake-Anamoose 71-51; 10th-ranked Shiloh Christian struggled by New Salem-Almont 45-42; and Killdeer took down Beach 63-52. Finally, in Class B girls' roundball, Bowman County mopped up Mott-Regent 59-35; Grant County scorched Solen 76-38 and cruised past Killdeer 71-55; Napoleon - Gackle - Streeter outpaced Linton-HMB 58-49; and New England motored past Mandaree 58-37, but got clobbered by New Salem-Almont 58-27. In Class A boys' hoops, in a Capital City affair at the Bismarck Event Center, 2nd-ranked Century breezed by 5th-rated Bismarck 55-41. Also, #1 Minot mauled Jamestown 83-45; St. Mary's outlasted Mandan 61-51 and defeated Jamestown 56-52; Dickinson trimmed Turtle Mountain 73-64 and nudged Mandan 67-66; and Turtle Mountain trounced Williston 82-60. On the Class A girls' basketball scene, St. Mary's nudged Jamestown 66-64 but fell to Mandan 56-38; Minot whipped Williston 54-37 and crunched Jamestown 42-29; Turtle Mountain routed Dickinson 76-52 and Williston 78-50; and Century blasted cross-town rival Bismarck 70-44. In West Region boys' hockey, Bismarck nipped Minot 4-3, and in a scorefest covered by KDKT, Bottineau-Rugby outlasted Dickinson 9-7. Finally, on the Class B wrestling scene, in a pair of wrestling duals staged in Coal Country this past Thursday, Beulah-Hazen overwhelmed Legacy 52-16 and clipped Killdeer 37-36.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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