Sports briefs 12/29/13

MHS places 3rd in Roseau

ROSEAU, Minn. – The Minot High boys hockey team broke open a tight game with four goals in the third period Saturday to defeat Princeton (Minn.) 7-2 and take third place at the Roseau Holiday Classic.

The Magicians (7-4 overall, 5-1 West Region) led 3-2 at the second intermission before juniors Matt Flom and Brent Williams netted goals in the first half of the final period. Sophomore forward Ethan Czaplewski added two markers 19 seconds apart for the final margin.

Minot coach Chad Burckhard said Princeton’s physical style of play tested his team, especially in the first two periods.

“It was good to see how we responded to a physical team like that,” he said. “It was a good experience and a good step to take.”

Junior goaltender Breydan Effertz turned away 25 of 27 shots to post his fifth win of the season.

The Magicians travel to play Williston on Jan. 4.

-Daily News staff

Majettes top Roughriders

GRAND FORKS-After dropping a close game to West Fargo the night before, the Minot High girls basketball team rebounded with a 68-52 victory over Grand Forks Red River on Saturday afternoon to move back above .500.

Sophomore Cassie Askvig and junior McKale Duttenhefer poured in a game-high 22 points apiece to lead the Majettes (4-3 overall, 2-2 West Region).

“They played very well today,” Minot coach Todd Magnuson said. “We shot the ball so much better than we did last night. We hit big shots all game long.”

Askvig, Minot’s 6-foot-3 stud sophomore, dominated the post, Magnuson said.

“They didn’t have an answer for Cassie,” he said. “She was able to score down low and work the inside-out game to find open shooters on the perimeter.”

The Majettes are idle until Jan. 10, when they travel to Mandan (0-2, 0-2 West Region).

-Daily News staff

Tauros fall 4-1 to Aberdeen

Minot cut Aberdeen’s deficit to one goal midway through the final period, but eventually fell 4-1 on Saturday at Maysa Arena.

The Minotauros (14-16-3) dropped to two games under .500 after losing a pair to Aberdeen this weekend.

Minot’s Merrick Madsen stopped 22 of 25 shot and took the loss. Aberdeen’s Chad Catt made 41 saves on 42 shots for the victory. Jake McCann scored the Minotauros’ lone goal at 8 minutes, 24 seconds of the third period.

Minot hosts Kenai River on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Maysa Arena.

-Daily News staff