Sports Briefs

MSU baseball games canceled

Four baseball games scheduled for this weekend between Minot State University and Concordia-St. Paul were canceled.

C-SP deemed its field was unplayable because of lingering winter weather. The series would have marked the Beavers’ first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games.

MSU is scheduled to play at NSIC foe Winona State (Minn.) in doubleheaders March 29 and 30. The Warriors were supposed to host Bemidji State this weekend, but that series was also canceled due to weather.

C-SP tried to move the MSU series to a nearby high school field, but that field was also unplayable. Conference rules allow for only 24 hours for makeup dates, so this weekend’s games will not be rescheduled.

MSU will play its first home NSIC series April 13 and 14 at Corbett Field.

Tauros clinch playoff berth

It took longer than they had anticipated, but the Minot Minotauros clinched their first playoff berth in program history with a 5-2 victory over Brookings (S.D.) on Saturday at Maysa Arena.

Needing just a point to earn a trip to the postseason, the Tauros (26-28-4) jumped out to a two-goal lead at the end of the first period despite being outshot 16-11. Minot added two more in the first five minutes, 46 seconds of the second period to build a four-goal advantage.

Brookings goaltender Drew Weigman lasted 25:46 before being pulled for Chase Wilson. Weigman allowed four goals on 18 shots. Wilson stopped all 10 shots he faced.

Minot forward Jake McCann scored twice, including an empty-net goal in the final two minutes to punch the Tauros’ ticket to the playoffs. The victory clinches the No. 4 seed from the Central Division and a matchup with division-champion Austin (Minn.) in the first round.

Before the playoffs begin, the Tauros travel to Bismarck on Friday at 7:15 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Wisconsin beats CC in WCHA championship game

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Nic Kerdiles had a goal and an assist to help Wisconsin hang on to beat Colorado College 3-2 on Saturday night in the WCHA championship game, giving the Badgers an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Tyler Barnes scored with 17 seconds left in the first period to put Wisconsin (22-12-7) on top, and the Badgers stayed ahead the whole night to end the season for the Tigers (18-19-5). Both teams needed to win to move on because their records aren’t strong enough for an at-large spot in the 16-team field.

Sean Little also had a goal for Wisconsin after having one waved off earlier in the game.

Charlie Taft scored for the second time in two games, and Rylan Schwartz had a goal and an assist for Colorado College.