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Braves fall at state qualifier

By Staff | Feb 23, 2018

The Bottineau-Rugby Braves’ season came to end last week in a state qualifier round during the West Region tournament at the Pepsi Arena in Minot.

In a third meeting this year the Braves fell, 4-2, to the Jamestown Bluejays.

The first period of the state qualifier round saw Jamestown net two goals-from Devin Hofmann and Alex Senf. The Bluejays tacked on two more goals in the second period.

The Braves were unable to get on the board until the third period, with Landon Rosendahl, assisted by Adam Handeland and Iam Amsbaugh, hitting net around the 7:15 mark. An unassisted goal from Jace Scherr came just over a minute later.

To advance to the state qualifier round, the Braves-who were fresh off a shutout quarterfinal loss to Minot the night before-faced a familiar opponent in Mandan.

With goals from Wyatt Haakenson in the first period and Scherr the next, the Braves had a 2-0 lead until the 3:31 mark. Nate Lillis got Mandan’s first point on the board. Jackson Zittleman would get the next point, tying the game 2-2.

An unassisted goal from Amsbaugh gave the Braves the win.

The loss to Minot in the quarterfinals was the Braves’ third consecutive shutout loss on the season. In the game Minot saw Kyler Stenberg, Blake Nelson and Chayse Haberman each net two goals apiece.

With the tournament losses, the Braves end the season with an 8-12-2 record overall and a 2-8-2 record in the Western Dakota Association.

– Tribune Staff Report

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