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Braves fall in state qualifier

By Staff | Feb 27, 2015

The Bottineau-Rugby Braves were just shy of competing in the State Hockey Tournament in Fargo.

The No.6 seed Braves competed for a spot at state against the No. 5 seed Mandan Braves at the VFW Sports Center in Bismarck last week, losing 7-6. Jerald Berger put up the first point for both Mandan and the game off an assist from both Colyn Haugen and Garrett Schmidt in the first minute and 11 seconds. BR’s Luke Amsbaugh put up Rugby’s two scores in the first period off assists from Noah Grant.

Grant then started the second period for BR off an assist from Austyn Lorenz. Austin Leingang soon followed suit for Mandan. Scoring in the third period was all BR, as Amsbaugh and Casey Tooke put up scores with assists by Lorenz. Goalie Ethan Clements put up 11 saves.

During Friday’s consolation round, Bottineau-Rugby won, 3-2, in double overtime against the Dickinson Midgets. The previous day, however, was a bad day. While Clements was able to get 15 saves, the Minot Magicians effectively shut down the Braves, 6-0.

BANTAMS WIN ON THE ROAD

The Bottineau-Rugby Bantam Hockey team was three-for-three on the road in weekend play.

The Bantams were able to hold the Fargo Freeze Maroon to just one point on Feb. 15. Goalie Micah Hershey was able stop 13 of the Freeze’s 14 shots on goal.

On Feb. 14, the Bantams shut down the Fargo Freeze Gray, 2-0. Jace Scherr scored both of BR’s points on short-handed goals, one of them off an assist from Nate Haman.

In a Feb. 13 competition, the Bantams shut down Jamestown-Valley City on their home ice.

Riley Olson, Scherr and Jarek Dolbeare were able to put up multiple scores, and goalie Hershey was able to stop any chance of Jamestown scoring back.

The Bantams record improved to 25-3-1.

-Tribune Staff Report

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