Sports briefs 12/06/13

MHS blanks Century in first road test

BISMARCK – The Minot High School boys hockey team received goals from junior forward Matt Flom and sophomore forward Ethan Czaplewski and junior goaltender Breydan Effertz made 36 saves in a 2-0 win against Century on Thursday.

Flom opened the scoring at 12 minutes, 22 seconds of the first period on a breakaway after senior defenseman Trevor Werchau fed him a pass in open ice. Czaplewski netted Minot’s other goal at 12:37 of the third period.

“It’s a huge win for us,” MHS coach Chad Burckhard said. “I can’t tell you the last time we’ve won on the road against Century or (Bismarck) High in the regular season.”

The Patriots (4-1 overall, 2-1 West Region) outshot the Magicians 37-22, but couldn’t get the puck past either Minot goaltender. Effertz left the game with four minutes remaining in the third period after hitting his head on the goal post after colliding with a Century skater. Kross Braaten stopped the only shot he faced in relief.

Minot (3-2, 3-0) hosts Dickinson on Dec. 14 at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff

Area products earn all-region honors

Bemidji State University senior punter and kicker Zach Pulkinen and University of Mary junior linebacker Grant Singer were named to the Daktronics Super Region 3 first team Thursday.

Pulkinen, a Minot native, set a school record with a punting average of 42.5 yards. The mark was second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and 14th in Division II.

Pulkinen led the NSIC with 2,802 yards on 66 punts and was named to the All-NSIC North Division first team His longest punt traveled 73 yards.

Singer, a Turtle Lake native, led the NSIC with 118 tackles and finished in the top five in tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (7.5) and fumble recoveries (3).

Both players are eligible for the Division II All-American team, which will be named Dec. 17.

– Daily News Staff

MSU luncheon adds new feature

The Minot State University Noon Luncheon Series resumes today at Seven’s Restaurant in the Vegas Motel with a new feature.

In addition to the usual introduction video, food and drink and appearances by MSU coaches and student-athletes, the luncheon will now include a “Know Your Beavers” game show, hosted by MSU men’s basketball coach Matt Murken.

The MSU men’s and women’s basketball teams are scheduled to attend the luncheon. Murken and sophomore guards Dominique McDonald and Dan Yale will represent the men’s team and coach Sheila Green Gerding, junior forward Katie Hardy and senior guard Alisha “Speedy” Jones will speak for the women’s team.

The luncheon costs $9 per person and is open to the public.

– Daily News Staff