Sports Briefs

Beavers cruise into quarterfinals

CHICAGO – The third-seeded Minot State University men’s club hockey team scored three first-period goals in a 5-0 rout of No. 14 Central Oklahoma on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I national tournament.

The Beavers play sixth-seeded Oklahoma today at 10:30 a.m.

Senior forward Dan Lamb recorded a pair of opening-period tallies. Junior forward Cam McGeough assisted on both those scores and added a goal of his own in the second frame.

Goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk finished with 26 saves in the shutout.

“Our guys really came ready to play,” MSU coach Wade Regier said in a press release. “We needed to get the jitters out early and it showed. Now we turn our focus on to a very good University of Oklahoma squad in the quarterfinals.”

– Daily News Staff

MSU pitching dominant in wins

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Minot State University senior softball pitchers Mandy Greenberg and Tiffany Friesen tossed a pair of shutouts Saturday to lead the Beavers to wins over Bemidji State and Valley City State at the St. Cloud State Invitational.

Greenberg (3-0) allowed three hits and struck out 10 in a five-inning, 8-0 win against Bemidji.

“Mandy threw very well in game one,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “And we gave her great run support. We played two clean games and came away with wins.”

Friesen tossed a complete game in game two, a 3-0 victory over Valley City. She allowed just two hits, struck out 13 and didn’t record a walk.

The Beavers (6-1) didn’t commit an error on the day and blasted three home runs. Friesen had one dinger in each game, and Stacy Fournier hit one against Bemidji.

“Tiffany ended the first game with a monster shot that went way, way out,” Triplett said. “She also helped her own cause another home run and threw a great game in game two. She had a great day.”

MSU continues play in the event today with matchups against Dickinson State (noon) and St. Cloud State (2 p.m.).

– Daily News Staff

NDSU downs Nebraska-Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Taylor Braun scored 22 points and North Dakota State clinched the No. 3 seed in the Summit League tournament with an 84-57 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday.

The Bison (22-8, 12-4 Summit) will play either South Dakota or Kansas City in the quarterfinals on March 10 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Braun, a junior who returned to practice Monday after missing 10 games with a fracture in his right foot, surpassed 1,000 points for his career with a driving layup at the 5:17 mark of the first half. That was part of a 15-2 run capped by a Chris Kading block and dunk that made it 40-17.