Sports Briefs

Minot State volleyball signs three

The Minot State University volleyball team announced Thursday the signing of three student-athletes to join the program for the 2013 season.

Alexis Boutin and Taylor Butters have signed letters of intent and Lauren Dunkle signed an intent to enroll with the Beavers.

Boutin – a 5-foot-4 libero and defensive specialist from Parker, Colo. – was a four-year letter winner at Legend High School and was named to the all-conference team three of her four years with the team.

Dunkle – a native of Aurora, Colo. – was named all-conference, all-area and all-region during her playing career at Cherokee Trail High School. The 5-9 outside hitter recorded 248 kills, 70 digs and 37 aces as a senior.

Butters joins the Beavers after leading her Central Valley High School team to an 8-4 conference record during her season season. The 5-11 outside hitter is a native of Spokane Valley, Wash., and was a second-team all-conference performer.

MSU finished the 2012 season 6-24 overall.

– Daily News Staff

MSU wrestling team signs two athletes

The Minot State University wrestling team has signed two student-athletes to join the program for the 2013-14 season, coach Robin Ersland announced Thursday.

Wayne Voss of Monticello, Minn., and Robert O’Neill of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, hope to improve a Beavers team that finished 1-15 overall and 0-8 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play in their first season as a Division II member.

Voss was a two-time all-state wrestler at Simley High School, earning all-conference honors three times.

O’Neill comes to MSU after transferring from Division I North Carolina State University after the 2011-12 season. O’Neill finished 19-19 at NC State, placing fourth at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. At Winter Springs High School, O’Neill won the state championship at 189 pounds. He will join his brother, Eric, on the Beavers roster.

– Daily News Staff

UND’s Kristo, Knight receive honors

The University of North Dakota senior linemates Danny Kristo and Corban Knight were named to the 2012-13 all-USCHO team Thursday.

Kristo was a first-team selection, while Knight received third-team honors. The linemates combined for 101 points during their senior seasons.

Kristo – a native of Eden Prairie, Minn. – led the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in goals with 26 and finished second nationally in points (52), both career highs. He became the first UND player since Jeff Panzer (1997-2001) to record 20-plus assists in each of his four seasons.

Kristo finished his senior season as a Hobey Baker Memorial Award top 10 finalist and was named the College Hockey News player of the year.

Knight was also a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, finishing with a career-high in points (49), goals (16) and assists (33). The High River, Alberta, native became the first UND player since Zach Parise (2002-04) to have back-to-back 30-assist seasons. He was named to the All-WCHA second team and the NCAA West Region all-tournament team.

– Daily News Staff

Byfuglien scores in OT to lift Jets over ‘Canes

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Dustin Byfuglien scored 1:23 into overtime and the Winnipeg Jets continued their hunt for a playoff berth with their season-high fifth straight win, 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Byfuglien beat Justin Peters off a rebound from a shot by Andrew Ladd, who finished with three assists.

Alexander Semin tied it 3-3 with 1:12 left in regulation with Peters on the bench for an extra attacker, beating Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec on the glove side.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and two assists, and Zach Bogosian and Paul Postma also scored for the Jets, who are ninth in the Eastern Conference but moved within two points of the Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals.

Washington, which lost 3-1 to Ottawa, has 50 points. The Jets and New York Rangers are tied with 48, but the Rangers have played one fewer game. New York beat Florida 6-1 on Thursday night.

Tuomo Ruutu scored a pair of goals and Jordan Staal had two assists for Carolina.

Pavelec made 24 stops, including a spectacular one in the second period that sparked a standing ovation. Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk fired a wrist shot from close in but Pavelec whipped out his stick to get a piece of the puck before smothering it.