Sports Briefs

MSU advances to ACHA Frozen Four

CHICAGO – The Minot State University men’s club hockey team came back, twice, to upend the University of Oklahoma 5-4 in overtime Saturday in a quarterfinal of the ACHA Division I national tournament.

Dan Lamb scored a goal with 2 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in regulation to keep the Beavers’ season alive and Michael Jordan put home the game-winner 6:07 into overtime.

The third-seeded Beavers advance to the Frozen Four, which will be reseeded after Sunday night’s other semifinals. On Tuesday, the top-seeded remaining team will play the fourth-highest seed left, while the No. 2 and No. 3 teams will square off.

MSU’s Brett Nespor scored the lone goal of the first period off an assist from Jordan Willert, but No. 6 Oklahoma tallied three of the four scores in the second period to lead 3-2 entering the final frame.

Nespor scored midway through the third to knot the score, but Sooners senior Chad Hudson recorded his second goal of the game with 7:54 left in regulation to give Oklahoma a 4-3 lead.

With MSU facing elimination, Lamb and Jordan added their late goals to send the Beavers to the semifinals.

“I am so proud of every guy in the locker room,” MSU coach Wade Regier said in a press release. “To have the character to come back after being down twice shows how this team believes in each other. Our confidence is at an all-time high. Hopefully we can harness it into the Frozen Four.”

– Daily News Staff

MSU finishes

invite 4-0

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minot State University softball team continued its early-season roll Sunday with victories over Dickinson State and St. Cloud State University.

On the second day of play at the SCSU Invitational, the Beavers topped DSU 6-2 and SCSU 4-0. The Beavers recorded wins against Bemidji State and Valley City State on Saturday.

“It’s pretty nice to face the kind of pitching we saw and then come out on top,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “We have pitched really well so far this season. It was a good weekend to go 4-0 down here, giving up just two runs.”

Senior Mandy Greenberg tossed a complete game four-hitter against SCSU (7-6), striking out nine and walking two. Junior Jen Dixon batted 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs.

Dixon got the start against DSU and gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings. MSU senior Tiffany Friesen earned the win in relief and broke the game open with a three-run homer – her third of the tournament.

The Beavers travel to Clermont, Fla., for a tournament beginning March 11.

– Daily News

Tetons advance to district championship

WILLISTON – Samantha Schell scored a game-high 18 points and Jackie Lee added 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Williston State College women’s basketball team defeated Lake Region State 63-52 Sunday in the Region 13 championship game.

Mon-Dak MVP Jazzmine Robinson tacked on 14 points and Maggie Lorenz had 11 for the Tetons, who will play the Region 4 champion Saturday for a spot in the 16-team national tournament.

WSC (29-3) shot 49 percent from the field and hit 16-of-19 foul shots. The Tetons outrebounded LRSC 41-23 to help offset their 23 turnovers.

The Royals (24-7) were led by Becca Scherr (16 points) and Ashley Knecht (14).

– Daily News Staff