Sports briefs

Minot High edges Dickinson

The Minot High School boys hockey team closed out its West Region regular season with a 2-1 victory over Dickinson on Friday at All Seasons Arena.

MHS sophomore forwards Brent Williams and Matt Flom gave the Magicians (14-7-1 overall, 11-3 region) a two-goal lead heading into the third period. Williams netted his first goal of the season in the first period and Flom tacked on a power-play goal in the second.

Dickinson’s Andrew Heckaman closed the gap at five minutes, 29 seconds of the third period, but Minot sophomore goaltender Breydan Effertz kept the Midgets (7-13, 4-10) off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

The Magicians finished with 39 points in the region and have clinched at least the No. 3 seed in the tournament, which begins Thursday at All Seasons Arena.

-Daily News Staff

Boag leads MSU past Cougars

SIOUX FALLS – Minot State University junior forward Carly Boag matched a career-high with 37 points and added 14 rebounds as the Beavers defeated Sioux Falls 75-70 on Friday.

Boag was one of four Beavers in double figures as MSU led by 17 points with five minutes remaining in the first half. The Cougars ended the half on a 15-2 run to cut MSU’s lead to four.

USF (11-10 overall, 8-9 Northern Sun) pulled even twice in the final minutes of regulation, but timely free-throw shooting kept the Beavers ahead in the closing seconds.

The Beavers (10-11, 6-11) controlled the glass, outrebounding USF 50-29. MSU scored 32 of its points in the paint and 16 offensive rebounds led to 19 second-chance points.

MSU travels to Southwest Minnesota State today at 5 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

USF pummels Minot State men

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls shot 53 percent from the field and knocked down 12 3-pointers in an 82-59 blowout win over Minot State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball game on Friday.

The Cougars (9-12 overall, 5-12 NSIC) were led by Robert Goffney’s 19 points and James Rader posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. USF outrebounded MSU 39-31.

MSU (8-13, 7-10) led by seven early in the first half before the Cougars got hot.

Dominique McDonald had 13 points and Josh Johnson had 12 for MSU, which travels to Southwest Minnesota State tonight at 7.

– Daily News Staff

Lions start new regime with win

VELVA – Less than 24 hours removed from becoming the interim head coach, Tyler Ystaas watched his Bishop Ryan boys basketball team defeat Velva 57-54 in a non-district game Friday.

Jared Will led the Lions (10-9) with 17 points and Austin Eggl chipped in 11 as Ryan snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Lions started slow, scoring eight points in the first quarter and trailing 25-22 at halftime. But Ryan netted 20 points in the third frame to take a seven-point lead into the fourth. Eggl hit two of his game-high three 3-pointers in the third. The Lions finished with seven 3s.

Chris Peterson led the Aggies (6-11) with 14 points.

-Daily News Staff

Tauros drop fourth straight

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Minot Minotauros looked primed to end their current slide after scoring just 58 seconds into the game, but Brookings scored four of the final five goals to top the Tauros 4-2 on Friday.

The Tauros (21-18-4) scored both of their goals in the first period before being dominated on the stat sheet for the final 40 minutes. Minot’s Cameron Rowat scored in the opening minute and Mason Morelli netted a power-play goal at 14:43 to give the Tauros a 2-1 lead after the first period.

It was all Brookings from there as the Blizzard outshot Minot 36-14 in the final two frames. Drew Brevig tied the game for the Blizzard (24-15-3) late in the second period before Brandon Parker tallied the game-winning goal with 5:12 remaining in regulation.

The Blizzard tacked on an empty-netter in the final seconds to hand Minot its fourth straight loss.

The teams meet again tonight at 7 in Brookings.

-Daily News Staff

Beavers sharp in softball opener

LAS VEGAS – The Minot State University softball team used the arm of Tiffany Friesen and the bat of Jen Dixon to cruise to a 6-0 win over Western Oregon in its season opener Friday at the Desert Stinger Tournament.

Friesen struck out 12 and allowed just one hit in six innings of work. Dixon went 3-for-3 with a homer and two doubles.

“We played errorless ball,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said. “We came down here three years in a row and we haven’t looked sharp. For our first game down here – we played a team that’s played four or five games already – we looked really good.”

Friesen also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and Stacy Fournier batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

The Beavers also played Humboldt State University on Friday night, but the game ended too late for this edition.

– Daily News Staff