March 31, 2015

Allen, Tarasenko lead Blues to shut out victory over the Dallas Stars

Victor Tarasenko uses nifty stick work to score his seventh of the season.

Victor Tarasenko uses nifty stick work to score his seventh of the season.

Jake Allen made 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Sunday to open a key six-game road trip.

Vladimir Tarasenko broke a scoreless tie 4:26 into the third period and Alexander Steen added a power-play goal later on as the Blues tied Nashville for first place in the Central Division and won for the fourth time in five games.

They matched Nashville at 93 points, bouncing back from a loss to Minnesota on Saturday.

“I was just trying to give the guys a chance tonight,” said Allen. “It was a tough game, a back-to-back and a quick turnaround, so it was a huge win.”

Allen made nine saves in the first period, seven in the second and turned aside 12 shots in the third for his fifth career shutout.

Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen had 12 saves over the first two periods, then gave up two goals on eight shots in the third.

“We played a good game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We played the game we should have played, just missed on some plays.” [Read more…]

Northwest Missouri State into the sweet sixteen after knocking off Augustana College

Northwest Missouri State

Northwest Missouri State

The Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team defeated Augustana College, 66-65, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
– Augustana entered the game on a five game win streak and were undefeated on the season in the state of South Dakota.
– The Vikings were the NSIC regular season and conference tournament champions.
– Head coach Ben McCollum now moves to 4-2 in NCAA Tournament games at Northwest.
– Augustana was the region’s top seed and the nations No. 2 ranked team. The Vikings were serving as host for the Central Regional Tournament.
– Northwest moves to 25-6 overall while Augustana e

nds the season at 31-3. The 25 wins is the most in coach McCollum’s career.

Northwest Key Statistics
– Augustana scored the game’s first nine points before Matt Wallace hit Northwest’s first bucket with 15:20 left to play in the first half.
– Only five total personal fouls were called in the first half, three on Augustana and two on Northwest.
– After scoring just three points in the first half, Zach Schneider found the range from long distance, knocking down four long range buckets in the second half to finish the game with 15 points. [Read more…]

Central Missouri eliminated by Minnesota State-Moorhead from NCAA Division II Tourney

central missouri logoThe 20th-ranked Mules fell behind fourth-ranked Minnesota State-Moorhead by 21 points early in the second half and couldn’t complete the comeback as they fell 71-60 in the NCAA-II Central Region Semifinals, ending their bid for back-to-back national championships. The Mules got back to within nine a couple of times late in the game, but could get no closer.

The Dragons (34-3) built an early four-point lead and were able to go up by five at 15-10 at the 12:52 mark, but the Mules (25-7) used a 10-0 run to lead 20-15 with 7:18 to play in the half. Brennen Hughes started the run with a layup and Dillon Deck finished it off with a bucket of his own to force an MSUM timeout.

The Dragons responded with a big run of their own that saw them take the lead they would never relinquish. Tanner Kretchman drilled a three and Aaron Lien hit a tough jump shot to tie the game and start a 16-0 run that gave MSUM a 31-20 lead with 1:50 to play in the half. In all, the Dragons ended the half on a 20-2 run, including a tip-in just before the buzzer from Urbane Bingham. Moorhead led 35-22 at the intermission, the largest halftime deficit the Mules had faced all season. [Read more…]

MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships finals results Class 1

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1st Place Match – Mike McAteer (Whitfield) 49-0 won by fall over Ronald Stewart (Maplewood-Richmond) 39-4 (Fall 1:30)

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1st Place Match – JR Ditter (Whitfield) 45-4 won by fall over James Todaro (Herculaneum) 42-8 (Fall 4:25)

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1st Place Match – Romelle Person (Maplewood-Richmond) 45-1 won in sudden victory – 1 over Kaleb Popplewell (Maysville) 43-4 (SV-1 8-4) [Read more…]

MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships finals results Class 3

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1st Place Match – Clayton Singh (Kearney) 39-11 won by fall over Coleman Brainard (Rolla) 39-4 (Fall 2:29)

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1st Place Match – Dakota Bronson (Neosho) 50-7 won by decision over Lamont Wilson (Webster Groves) 50-3 (Dec 8-4)

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1st Place Match – Chandler Fohey (Hannibal) 53-2 won by major decision over Johnathan Williams (Neosho) 27-6 (MD 13-4) [Read more…]