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UND Falls Short on Senior Night
Grand Forks -- The modern version of the Scottish poet Robert Burns comes to mind when thinking about the topsy-turvey hockey season winding down for the defending NCAA champion University of North Dakota. "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,'' is the version of the quote from Burns that has survived well over 200 year since he penned it. Despite team meetings between the Fighting Hawks hockey team and coaches beginning at 10 a.m. today, plans discussed in those various meetings certainly went awry for UND in a 3-0 National Collegiate Hockey Conference blanking by Omaha in front of a sellout of 11,922 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena. With UND trying to grab home ice for the league playoffs beginning in two weeks and improve its positioning in the vital Pairwise Rankings used to select the 16-team NCAA field, the Fighting Hawks planned to build on Friday's 6-4 win over the Mavericks. Instead, the worst defensive team in the NCHC handed UND its fifth shutout loss of the season by limiting to just seven shots on goal for the first two periods, including just one in the second period. Omaha goalie Evan Weninger turned back all 22 shots he faced to post the shutout and senior Austin Ortega spaked the Mavs offense with a goal and two assists to earn Omaha the split and one win in four meetings with UND this season.  FULL STORY
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Bobcats Gut out Shootout Victory to Sweep Wings

Bismarck -- Despite a frustrating finish to regulation and requiring a penalty kill in overtime, the Bismarck Bobcats persevered for a 5-4 shootout win Saturday over the Aberdeen Wings, wrapping up a two-game weekend sweep of the Wings at the VFW Sports Center. Leading 2-1 after two periods, the Bobcats extended the score to 3-1 with 5:26 gone in the third on the rush as Luke Millen ripped a low snap shot that beat Wings netminder Arttu Kulmala stick side for his second tally of the season. Alternate captain Nick Alexander picked up his second goal of the weekend with 10:16 left in regulation, busting loose for a breakaway on a Patrick O’Connor outlet and going five-hole for a 4-1 count. Aberdeen fought their way back into the game two transition goals from Tyler Bossert and Kevin Fitzgerald separated by 3:17 to get back to within 4-3 with 4:41 to go. With just over three minutes left and the Bobcats on the penalty kill, it appeared that Matt Barry put the game out of reach—batting in a Cooper Haar rebound in transition—but the goal was waved off as Haar was adjudged to have jostled Kulmala on the initial shot. Moments later, on the same power play, the Wings evened the score on a scramble in front of Bobcat goalie Severi Isokangas when Gage Mackie earned his second of the night, knocking in the loose puck for a 4-4 score with 2:30 to go—ultimately forcing overtime.  FULL STORY
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Late 3 Upsets Beavers

Minot -- Minot State University did nearly everything correct on the final University of Sioux Falls possession, but somehow the ball found its way back to Drew Guebert. Guebert sank a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining to score a game-high 23 points as the Cougars upset Minot State 80-77 in the first round of the Northern Sun / Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament Wednesday in front of 1,085 fans at the Minot State Dome. "They got to one more loose ball than we did," said MSU head coach Matt Murken. "You can't really fault anything on that play. I thought it was a high-level basketball game that was entertaining to be a part of. A great crowd and I appreciate that. I wish we could have sent them off with a better feeling." The Beavers' Russ Davis blocked USF's Zach Wessels' layup and a scramble ensued under the Cougars basket. Wessels came up with the loose ball and pushed it to a wide open Guebert who rattled home his sixth triple of the night. "We did a good job of on-ball defense there and it was a scramble," Murken said. FULL STORY
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Marauders Loss in Regular Season Finale
Bismarck -- In a fight for a home playoff game, University of Mary senior Rickey Suggs struck for a career-high 26 points and Bryan Jefferson registered a double double but their efforts still left the Marauders short in their regular season finale. The University of Minnesota Crookston knocked off Mary 91-80 to earn a split in the season series and cost the Marauders a home game in the first round of the Northern Sun tournament. Tied for fourth in the NSIC North division final standings, a tiebreaker dropped the Marauders to the fifth seed in the NSIC / Sanford Health men's basketball tournament. Mary will open the tournament at Minnesota State University – the fourth seed in the NSIC South – on Wednesday. The winner between the Marauders and the Mavericks will face the MSU Moorhead and Concordia-St. Paul victor in the quarterfinal round at the Sanford Pentagon on Sunday, Feb. 26, at noon. A close game throughout, a Suggs steal and layup closed out a 16-6 Marauders run at the end of the first half to build a 40-36 lead at intermission. Up by five at 57-52 with over 13 minutes remaining, the game soon turned against the Mary. Suddenly unable to make shots, the Marauders couldn't match the Golden Eagles during a 24-7 UMC run as the home team built a 76-64 lead. Mary hit just 3-of-12 shots during the stretch.  FULL STORY
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Blue Hawks Downs Jimmies in NSAA Semifinal Game
Dickinson -- The Dickinson State University Men's Basketball team defeated the University of Jamestown on Saturday afternoon in a NSAA Semifinal game by a score of 83-65. Dickinson State took a 21 point lead into halftime with a score of 48-27. The Blue Hawks shot 62 percent from the field, 44 percent from three and 8/8 on free throws in the first half. The Jimmies shot 35 percent from the field, 29 percent from three and 63 percent from the line in the first half. The University of Jamestown would outscore the Blue Hawks 38-35 in the second half but Dickinson State wins by a score of 83-65 to advance to the NSAA Tournament Championship game on Monday. Dickinson State would finish the game shooting 56 percent from the field, 46 percent from three and 73 percent from the line while the Jimmies finished shooting 37 percent from the field, 27 percent from three and 75 percent from the line. Marcus White led the Blue Hawks with 18 points while Dontae Clark finished with 11 and Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. ended with 10 points.  FULL STORY




By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As we prepare to flip the calendar page to March, North Dakota's winter prep sports post-season is now in full swing, as basketball and hockey are now taking center stage with various tournaments being staged across the state. On the hardwood, eight Class B regional girls' hoops' tourneys concluded this past Thursday, with the champions of each qualifying for this week's state tournament in Grand Forks. The overall #1 seed is unbeaten Region 4 titlist North Star, which will tangle with Region 7 champion Glen Ullin-Hebron this Thursday at the Alerus Center. Other quarterfinal-round matchups in Grand Forks have 2nd-seeded Kindred squaring off against Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier, 3rd-seeded Park River-Fordville-Lankin battling Grant County, and 4th-seeded (and defending state runner-up) Watford City colliding with Minot Our Redeemer's. In regional finals this past week, North Star disposed of Harvey-Wells County 45-40; Kindred defeated Tri-State 63-54; PRFL dispatched Thompson 46-31; Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier outlasted Carrington in overtime 51-42; Grant County pummeled defending state champion Shiloh Christian 49-34; Minot Our Redeemer's upended Velva-Sawyer 61-54 in OT; Glen Ullin-Hebron rallied past Bowman County 47-42; and Watford City trounced Parshall 61-36. In boys' cage action, at the District 10 tourney in Washburn in opening-round games, Underwood surprised Wilton-Wing 65-46; Garrison gashed Max 74-52; and Washburn manhandled Center-Stanton 63-34. In day-two contests on Saturday evening, Center-Stanton eliminated Max in a loser-out encounter 51-48, while claiming winners'-bracket showdowns were Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky and Washburn. The top-seeded Trojans trounced Underwood 61-39 behind Soph G Trapper Jacobs' 23 points; and Washburn, ignited by Jr G Nolan Teigen's 27 counters, downed Garrison 68-57.  Consequently, now playing for the District 10 championship Monday evening are TLMM &  Washburn. Participants in Monday's pair of regional-qualifying games are Garrison v. Wilton-Wing and Center-Stanton locking horns with Underwood.  In District 9 boys' tourney play originating from Mandan last Friday night, Flasher beat New Salem-Almont 60-53 and Standing Rock stomped Grant County 66-30. In Saturday's 2nd-round of games, top-seeded Solen cruised past Flasher 59-40 and 2nd-seeded Shiloh Christian stampeded Standing Rock 76-41. In Monday night's pairings, New Salem-Almont will face Standing Rock and Grant County will confront Flasher in regional-qualifiers, while Shiloh Christian challenges Solen for the District 9 crown. Elsewhere, in Super-Region 7 regular-season finales, 3rd-ranked Dickinson Trinity eased past Killdeer 71-60, #9 Beulah punished Hazen 69-28, and Hettinger-Scranton trimmed Beach 53-51. Next up for Super-Region 7 squads is the opening-round of the league tournament this Tuesday for teams seeded 5 through12. The top-four seeds--Dickinson Trinity, Beulah, Mott-Regent,and Heart River--all have 1st-round byes and will await the quarterfinals of the regional tournament occurring on Monday, March 6 in Dickinson. Finally, Fargo played host this past weekend to the state girls' and boys' hockey tournaments. On the girls' side of the ledger, the Bismarck Blizzard won its third-straight state title by virtue of blanking Grand Forks 3-0 in the championship clash last Saturday evening.  In other placement games, Mandan squeaked by Fargo Davies 5-4 for 5th, while Fargo North-South romped over Minot 9-1 for 3rd. In the boys' competition, Grand Forks Central remained undefeated and won another state crown with a resounding 7-2 defeat the Bismarck Demons. Capturing consolation-bracket honors was Fargo Davies with a 4-0 shutout at the expense of Century, while Grand Forks Red River earned 3rd place by defeating Minot 7-1. In this new week unfolding, tune into live coverage on KDKT Sports Radio of final-night action of the Class B District 10 Boys' Basketball Tournament taking place in Washburn. 1410 will bring you all three games, preceded by its pre-game show commencing at 3:30 pm CST.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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