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UND players earn awards
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) selected UND sophomore Zane Gothberg as the league goalie of the week while North Dakota freshman Luke Johnson is the league’s rookie of the week.
Gothberg started both games of UND’s sweep at Minnesota Duluth last weekend, running his career-long unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1) in the process. He recorded his first collegiate shutout with 33 saves in Friday's 3-0 win, then followed up with 31 saves on 33 shots in Saturday’s 6-2 victory. For the weekend, Gothberg recorded a 1.00 goals against average and .970 save percentage while helping UND kill all nine Minnesota Duluth power plays.
Johnson figured in on all three UND goals on Friday, scoring twice and adding an assist. His first goal stood as the game-winner and was his fifth power-play tally of the season, tying him for the NCHC lead among freshmen in that category.
In 30 games this season, Johnson leads all UND freshmen in points (17), goals (6) and assists (11).
UND’s Buck receives honor
OGDEN, Utah — UND’s Madi Buck is the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball player of the week after leading North Dakota to two league wins. She shares the award with Weber State’s Kalie Matthews.
Buck a senior from Bismarck, scored 18 points and added five rebounds and two steals in Thursday’s win over Northern Arizona. She followed that up with a team-high 20-point effort Saturday’s win over Sacramento State, shooting 9-of-13 from the floor in her final regular season home game of her career. It was her seventh 20-point game of the season and 10th straight game in double figures.
For the week, she averaged 19 points, 3.5 rebounds and was a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line.
She leads UND in scoring and has helped North Dakota become the first team to earn a berth in the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament. UND holds a game-and-a-half lead in the league standings with three games to play.
Northland to host region tournament
THIEF RIVER FALLS — Northland Community and Technical College will host the NJCAA Division III Region 13B tournament this week.
The Pioneers won the Northern Division of the Minnesota Community College Conference with a 12-0 record. Overall, Northland is 22-1 and is ranked No. 5 in the latest NJCAA Division III national poll.
The Region 13B tournament begins Saturday. Northland, the top seed, will play No. 4 seed Rainy River at 2 p.m. Mesabi Range, the No. 2 see, will meet No. 3 Vermilion at 4 p.m.
The winners meet Sunday at 2 p.m.
Northland has advanced to the NJCAA national tournament the past four seasons.
GF Central 86,
Devils Lake 63
Jake Mussman scored 25 points to lead Grand Forks Central past Devils Lake on Monday.
The Knights also received 14 points from Spencer Meyer and 13 each from Jaylon Butler and Josh Schumer.
“We had good ball movement and good balanced scoring in the second half,” said Central coach Dan Carlson. “Spencer Meyer gave us a nice spark.”
The Knights, who improved to 7-11, will play their final regular season game Thursday at Wahpeton.
EGF Sacred Heart 79,
Michele Remer scored 26 points to lead East Grand Forks Sacred Heart over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Monday.
“We pushed the ball up the court tonight and played good team defense,” said Sacred Heart coach Joann Remer.
Not far behind Remer was Jordyn Lloyd, who scored 23 points.
“She was feeling it tonight,” said the Sacred Heart coach. “The girls did a good job of feeding her the ball down low.”
Stacy Remer contributed 14 points as well for the Eagles. Tori Mekash led the Gators with 21.
Sacred Heart improved to 20-2 on the season.
- Women’s curling: The Beth Bohlman rink of Grand Forks finished third over the weekend at the USA Curling Club National tournament in Two Harbors, Minn. The local rink defeated Wisconsin 9-7 on Saturday in the third-place match. Other team members were Amy Bushaw, Tanis Hastmann and Gail Ingwalson. Minnesota I defeated North Dakota I, a rink out of Fargo, 8-4 to win the national title. In pool play, the Bohlman rink went 6-3 but lost to the other North Dakota team in the tournament’s semifinal round.
- Football: Former UND player and coach Luke Schleusner has been named the tight ends coach at South Dakota State. Schleusner was the offensive coordinator last season at UND. He was a member of UND’s 2001 national championship team.
- Men’s golf: UND junior Collin Lervick and sophomore Aaron Pulanco each carded a 36-hole total of 148 to lead UND Monday in the first day of the Moe O’Brien Intercollegiate in Lake Charles, La. Lervick carded a pair of 74s in his opening two rounds, while Pulanco posted a 75, then backed it up with the low round of the day for a UND golfer with a 73 on the par-72 layout at the Lake Charles Country Club. Host McNeese State built an 11-stroke lead on the 13-team field after opening with a 289 (+1), then erasing 15 strokes off that score with a second-round total of 274 (-14). The Cowboys are 11 shots in front of Texas Pan-American (574; -2) and 12 ahead of Stephen F. Austin (575; -1). UND (608; +32) is in ninth place and five shots ahead of North Dakota State (613; +37), which is 10th. The meet concludes with 18 holes today.