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East Grand Forks Senior High was able to prevent its first loss of the season by holding Roseau to a couple of firsts for the Rams this year. For the first time this season, Roseau was shut out. More specifically, the Rams' potent power play was held scoreless for the first time. Senior High goalie Tanner Lindstrom stopped 23 shots en route to a 3-0 victory over Roseau on Tuesday night in the East Grand Forks Civic Center. The Wave, the only undefeated team in Minnesota, improved to 13-0-2. "I felt confident," said Lindstrom, who was at his best with 11 saves in the opening period.
Lake Region men's basketball coach Curt Herman knew he was getting a talented recruit when he landed North Dakota Mr. Basketball winner and Warwick (N.D.) High School standout Melvin Langstaff. But even Herman has been surprised with the results. Langstaff averages 16.1 points per game for the 11-4 Royals in the 6-foot guard's first season of college basketball. "He's even better than anticipated," Herman said. "He's very unselfish.
In his first year-and-a-half of college hockey, Mitch MacMillan was in and out of the lineup at St. Cloud State. Now at North Dakota, MacMillan has gone from sitting in dress clothes next to healthy scratches to playing alongside two Hobey Baker Award caliber players on the top line of the No. 7 team in the country. MacMillan, who became eligible at the semester break, tallied his first assist and then his first goal for UND en route to a 5-3 win over Colorado College on Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena. "He's worked awful hard," UND coach Dave Hakstol said.
The UND men's basketball team seemingly didn't have any answers for Montana hybrid post Mathias Ward, a 6-foot-7, 227-pound inside-out threat. Well, that's not entirely true, though.
Matt Kellogg, who UND announced as its new women's soccer coach on Monday, took over the head coaching job at Ferris State four years ago and inherited a team that went 3-13-3 the previous season. Kellogg made a quick turnaround at the Division II school in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State won seven games in his first two seasons and nine games last year, including a trip to the conference semifinals for only the second time in program history. Kellogg finds himself another reclamation project at UND, which went 2-13-1 last season in its fifth year under head coach Kristin Gay.
After the national anthem opened the weekend series, UND forward Mitch MacMillan couldn't wipe the smile off his face. The transfer from St. Cloud State was seeing game action for the first time in more than a year. But MacMillan's honeymoon phase is over. It's already been replaced by reality. That reality centers on the difficult lineup decisions facing UND coach Dave Hakstol, whose team beat Holy Cross 3-2 on Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena to complete a weekend sweep. "There'll be a fight for a top nine spot every night," MacMillan said. "Power-play time, too.
The UND men's hockey team was already rolling into the holiday break. The team had the second-best winning percentage in the first half of the season in Dave Hakstol's nine-year coaching tenure. With momentum already in hand, North Dakota received one generous post-Christmas gift. UND sophomore Michael Parks played a full game for the first time all season, scored a goal and had a team-high five shots Friday in North Dakota's 5-2 victory over Holy Cross at Ralph Engelstad Arena. For the No.
East Grand Forks Senior High can still claim it's the only undefeated team remaining in Minnesota or North Dakota boys hockey, but the two Grand Forks programs have made the Green Wave earn every bit of that title lately. For the third time in a week span, Senior High used extra time to knock off a crosstown rival. On Thursday, Kolton Aubol scored at 2 minutes, 13 seconds of overtime to lift the Green Wave to a 3-2 victory over Grand Forks Red River in the East Grand Forks Civic Center. Five days earlier, Senior High beat Red River in a shootout in the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic c
The lure of the North Dakota oil fields has helped the UND football team land a transfer from a team that just played in the Orange Bowl. Dustin Adams, a former Minot standout, will transfer from Northern Illinois to UND and compete with the team during its spring drills. Adams, a 6-foot-3, 306-pound offensive lineman, redshirted at Northern Illinois and will have four years of eligibility with UND. Adams said his decision came down to wanting to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering, a major UND offers.
When Garret Cary was a freshman at Bigfoot Union High School in Wisconsin, his coach Rodney Wedig put Cary on the freshman squad during the first day of practice. Two days later, Cary was starting on the varsity. "He was so impressive," Wedig said.