Sports briefs

Tauros lose game one to Bruins

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Minot Minotauros fell 3-1 to Central Division champion Austin in game one of a North American Hockey League first-round playoff series Friday.

The Tauros had a 1-1 tie midway through the second period of the second-year team’s first playoff appearance.

Austin’s Grant Eichstadt scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins 15 minutes into the second period. The host team added an empty-netter in the game’s final minute.

Cameron Rowat tied the game for Minot on an unassisted goal just 25 seconds before Eichstadt’s goal. Minot goaltender Tyler Parks finished with 30 saves in his first game since suffering an upper body injury in a game March 22. The injury sidelined the starter for the team’s final three regular-season games.

Penalty kills were perfect for both teams as Minot committed three minors and Austin was whistled for two.

Michael Bond scored the Bruins’ first goal 10 minutes, six seconds into the second period.

The teams meet for game two of the best-of-five series at 7:05 tonight in Austin. The series moves to Minot for game three on April 19.

– Daily News Staff

Weather forces cancellations for MSU, MHS

Five Minot State University softball games have been canceled due to inclement weather, university officials announced Friday afternoon.

The Beavers (26-5 overall, 8-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) were scheduled to play Mayville State in a nonconference matchup Friday, and were set to host NSIC doubleheaders against Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) and Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

All Minot High School athletic events this weekend have also been canceled, with make-up dates to be determined.

– Daily News Staff

Ray star Heier signs with Williston State

Ray High basketball standout Kendra Heier concreted her collegiate plans this week, signing a letter of intent with Williston State College.

Heier, a four-time all-District 16 selection, totaled 1,290 points in her decorated career.

“We’re very excited to be adding Kendra to our program,” WSC coach Luanne Axelson said in a press release. “She is bringing a lot of energy to the team and is a real leader.”

Heier, a 5-foot-7 guard, is the third area player to sign with the Tetons this week, joining Velva’s Emma Keller and Jaylen Newman.

-Daily News Staff