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FARGO—Kenley Anderson scored two goals while Brita Curl added another as Bismarck downed the Grand Forks KnightRiders 3-0 on Saturday in the championship game of the North Dakota state girls hockey tournament at Scheels Arena. All three Bismarck goals came on the power play. Grand Forks goalie Quinn Kuntz stopped 41 shots. The Blizzard outshot Grand Forks 44-17. The game was a rematch of the 2015 state championship game, also won by Bismarck.
North Dakota closed out the home portion of its regular season with a 75-68 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday before more than 2,300 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The win keeps UND in first place in the Big Sky Conference women's basketball standings with two games to play. Makailah Dyer led UND with 17 points and 11 rebounds. It was the senior's first double-double of her career. UND improved to 14-2 in the Big Sky and 19-8 overall. Northern Colorado dropped to 12-4 and 20-7.
The Big Sky Conference women's basketball postseason tournament is right around the corner. UND, however, has a little bit of a luxury entering the event in Reno, Nev. The Fighting Hawks already have earned a first-round bye in the 12-team tournament. Idaho's loss Thursday night locked up a top-four seed for UND, meaning UND won't play until March 8. The Hawks, however, still have some unfinished business to accomplish, starting with today's game against Northern Colorado at The Betty. A regular-season league title still is a possibility.
It's that time of the season when it's acceptable for teams to watch the scoreboard, whether they admit it or not. UND, which had a bye on Thursday, likely had its eye on the Weber State-Eastern Washington game the same night. Eastern Washington downed Weber, a win that significantly helps the Fighting Hawks in their quest to win the regular-season Big Sky title.
FARGO—Braden Costello scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Grand Forks Red River past Bismarck Century 4-2 on Thursday night in the quarterfinal round of the North Dakota boys hockey tournament at Scheels Arena. Red River advances and will play Bismarck on Friday night in the semifinal round. Mason Salquist and Jacob Arel also scored for Red River. Costello's second goal came with less than a minute to play. Red River improved to 22-3 while Century dropped to 15-8-1.
ST. PAUL—Madison Oelkers scored two goals to lead Warroad to a 5-2 win over Hibbing-Chisholm on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Minnesota state Class A girls hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. Warroad advances to take on St. Paul United on Friday in the semifinal round. The Warriors, the Section 8A champion, scored three times in the second period. Genevieve Hendrickson scored at 1:36 followed by Oelkers' two goals at 11:08 and 16:27.
GF Central 71, Valley City 63 Grand Forks Central snapped a 62-game losing streak in boys basketball as the Knights upended Valley City in East Region boys basketball on Thursday. Central had five players hit double figures with Jamil Suleiman leading the way with 18 points, while Aaron Knutson registered 16. Debyn Johnson also chipped in with 12 points, while Brady Horner and Branson Delmore each adding 10.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—UND did just about right everything but put the puck in the net against Western Michigan on Saturday. Western Michigan was badly outshot but took a 3-2 win over UND in the final game of their National Collegiate Hockey Conference series. Western Michigan swept the series, winning 4-2 on Friday night. UND outshot Western Michigan 46-19. The Broncos went up 3-0 before UND finally scored. Shane Gersich scored at 3:12 of the third period before Tucker Poolman added another goal at 14:41.
Lexi Klabo needed a handful of stitches after taking an elbow to the mouth in the first half. Makailah Dyer had her lip bloodied as well. Weber State coach Bethann Ord was ejected after receiving back-to-back technical fouls with five-plus minutes to play. It was a chaotic day in the Big Sky Conference women's basketball race involving UND, which now is all alone in first place with two weeks to go in the regular season.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan scored two third-period goals to break a 2-2 tie en route to a 4-2 win over UND on Friday night in a National Collegiate Hockey Conference game. UND's Cole Smith scored at 6:34 to tie the game at 2-2 but the Broncos responded with goals from Sheldon Dries at 13:08 and Colt Conrad at 18:30 to seal the win. Rhett Gardner's shorthanded goal at 18:30 gave UND a 1-0 lead after the first period. Western Michigan outshot UND 41-34.