Sports briefs

Minotauros fall 2-1 in OT against Minnesota

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minot Minotauros fell 2-1 in overtime in their first visit to North American Hockey League newcomer Minnesota Wilderness on Friday.

Michael Covach scored the game-winner 2 minutes, 26 seconds into the extra period. Neither team scored in the opening frame and Billy Exell scored unassisted for the Wilderness (6-2-3) early in the second period. The Tauros (2-7-2) tied the game at 3:25 of the third with Blake Aguilar’s goal on assists from Zach Simpson and Scott Dornbrock.

The Midwest Division hosts outshot Minot 34-18. The teams play again at 7 p.m. tonight.

– Daily News Staff

UND beats No. 1 Miami (Ohio) in first NCHC game

OXFORD, Ohio – The No. 6 University of North Dakota men’s hockey team upset No. 1 Miami (Ohio) in the inaugural game of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

UND won 4-2. Michael Parks and Mark MacMillan scored in the first period and linemate Brendan O’Donnell made it 3-0 barely a minute into the second. The trio finished with a goal and an assist apiece.

Two Miami goals followed and UND’s Nick Mattson scored the lone goal of the third period with assists from Luke Johnson and Troy Stecher on the power play.

UND goaltender Zane Gothberg finished with 35 saves and Miami’s Jay Williams had 21. The teams play again at 7 tonight. The game will be televised on Midco Sports Net.

– Daily News Staff

Crookston sweeps MSU in volleyball

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team swept Minot State on Friday night, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18.

MSU junior outside hitter Jen Dixon tallied a match-high 17 kills, but the Beavers committed 24 hitting errors and recorded just two blocks.

Alexandra Skeeter led Crookston (9-9 overall, 4-6 Northern Sun) with 10 kills, and setter Sierra Trost had 29 assists and a team-high 10 digs.

MSU junior setter Emily Byrne compiled match highs of 26 assists and 11 digs.

“We are doing a lot of really good things, but unfortunately we missed a great opportunity to win tonight,” MSU coach Travis Ward said in a press release. “I’m really proud of how we are growing and looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow.”

The Beavers (7-12, 3-7) play at Bemidji State at 4 p.m. today.

– Daily News Staff