Sports briefs

Beavers drop three dual matches

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Minot State University wrestling team lost three matches Saturday, dropping its overall record to 1-9.

The Beavers lost to No. 3 Central Oklahoma 44-0, Limestone College 28-17 and No. 13 Augustana College 39-15, but MSU coach Robin Ersland was pleased with his team’s performance.

“Even though we lost today, I thought we showed a great deal of improvement over last week,” Ersland said in a press release. “I thought we battled hard, we wrestled tough and gave a much better effort. I felt much better about today than I have so far this year. In fact, in a lot of ways, I felt like today was one of our best performances of the season.”

Matt Fetterley (174 pounds) and Bobby Bartz (heavyweight) led the Beavers with two individual wins.

MSU travels to No. 19 Minnesota State-Mankato on Jan. 19 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros blank Coulee Region

ONALASKA, Wis. – The Minot Minotauros avenged Friday’s loss to Coulee Region by shutting out the Chill 4-0 on Saturday to salvage a weekend split on the road.

Minot forward Mason Morelli gave the Tauros the lead on the power play at 8:43 of the first period, followed less than a minute later by Jadin Martin’s tally to give Minot a two-goal lead entering the first intermission.

The Tauros (19-16-3) were outshot 13-10 in each of the last two periods and 33-30 for the game, but Minot goaltender Tyler Parks made all 33 saves to record his 15th win and second shutout of the season. Parks received insurance goals by Lucas Oliver in the second period and Cameron Rowat in the third frame.

With the win, the Tauros move into third place in the NAHL Central Division, one point ahead of Brookings. Minot leads Coulee Region (10-21-5) by 16 points in the race for a playoff spot.

The Taruos return home to play Aberdeen (S.D.) at 8:05 p.m. Friday.

-Daily News Staff

Williston State sweeps NDSU

WILLISTON – Williston State took down North Dakota State 3-1 in a men’s hockey game on Saturday night, capping off a weekend sweep of the Bison.

Henry Gutierrez had a pair of goals to pace the Tetons, who outshot NDSU 35-14.

“As the old saying goes, ‘A win is a win,’ ” WSC coach Seamus Gregory said in a press release. “We were also able to get some non-regulars into the lineup. We need to be better, but looking at the big picture we have played six games in 10 days in three different states. The guys are a little dinged up.”

WSC (12-8) travels to Dakota College Bottineau on Tuesday at 7:30.

– Daily News Staff