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The Central Division regular season champs flexed their muscles on Friday night as Aberdeen tallied a convincing 6-0 shutout win over Minot....

    ABERDEEN, SD (NAHL) - The Central Division regular season champs flexed their muscles on Friday night as Aberdeen tallied a convincing 6-0 shutout win over Minot. Forward Jon Bendorf recorded a hat-trick and had an assist to give the Wings a 1-0 series lead.

    After a scoreless first period, the Wings put the pedal to the metal in the second as they recorded all six goals in the middle frame in a 16-minute span, which included three from Bendorf and others from Nathan Burke, Adam Pitters, and Joey Molenaar.

    Wings goalie Matt Vernon did the rest, making 25 saves in the shutout. Tauros goalie Samu Lonkila took the loss with 16 saves in two periods. Reod Waszczenko stopped all 8 shots in the third period.

    Game two in the best-of-five series is tonight in Aberdeen.


    MINOT, ND - Tennis was on the local sports schedule yesterday.

High School Girls Tennis
        Minot 5, Jamestown 0
        Minot 4, Century 1
        Minot 5, Williston 0
        Williston 4, Jamestown 1
        Bismarck Century 3, Williston 2
        Bismarck Century 4, Jamestown 1    


    MINOT, N.D. (MSU) - The Minot State baseball team's four-game weekend series vs. Minnesota Duluth has been moved to Watford City due to unplayable field conditions at Corbett Field. Originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, the Beavers and Bulldogs will now play a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. in Watford City. Monday's game location and time will be determined at a later date.


     WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.
     Defenseman Tyler Myers had a goal in the second period and also had an assist. Rookie Jack Roslovic, replacing injured veteran Mathieu Perreault, had two assists in the game that ended with a series of fights.
     Zach Parise had his second goal of the series when he deflected Mikko Koivu's shot past Connor Hellebuyck to end the goalie's shutout bid with 45 seconds left. The goal came on the power play after Jets forward Brandon Tanev was called for hooking with 59 seconds left.
     Hellebuyck made 16 saves. Devan Dubnyk stopped 39 shots for Minnesota.
     Winnipeg won 3-2 on Wednesday night. Game 3 is Sunday at Minnesota.
     The Wild had more jump early in the scoreless first period, surpassing the four-shot total they had Wednesday in the opening frame by going 5-0 by the five-minute mark. That included three shots at Hellebuyck during a power play with Myers in the box for tripping.
     Dubnyk didn't have to stop a Winnipeg shot until seven minutes had passed. The Jets then turned on a switch and had outshot the visitors 13-9 when the period ended, but many were from the outside.
     Winnipeg got its first power play five minutes into the second period when center Mark Scheifele was tripped by Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, but it wasn't their shots with the man advantage that sparked the crowd. Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien threw two big hits nine seconds apart, the first on Mikael Granlund in front of the Winnipeg bench, the second a slam that rocked Koivu into the boards behind Hellebuyck.
     Winnipeg only got one shot on goal on the power play, but the momentum carried on for Myers' goal that made it 1-0 at 8:41.
     Myers got the puck at the point in the Wild zone, made some moves to get around forward Jason Zucker and sent a sharp-angled shot past Dubnyk on the blocker side at 8:41 of the second period for the 1-0 lead.
     Myers was dinged again for roughing forward Charlie Coyle 33 seconds after his goal, but the Jets kept the pressure on with some hustle and hits. When the second period ended, Winnipeg had outshot the Wild 27-14 and led 28-18 in hits.
     Stastny and Copp scored 1:42 apart, with Byfuglien sending a backhander to the front of the net that Statsny slapped in at 7:42.
     Copp made it 3-0 at 9:24 when he redirected in Bryan Little's shot. Laine fired in his second goal of the series from the right circle at 17:58.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers rebounded rather nicely after absorbing a 7-0 loss to the two-time Stanley Cup champions on Wednesday.
     The Flyers knotted their first-round series at a game apiece as Sean Couturier provided the game-winning goal and two assists in Friday's 5-1 win at Pittsburgh. Shayne Gostisbehere and Nolan Patrick each had power-play goals to help Philadelphia wrest home-ice advantage from the Penguins.
     Travis Konecny and Andrew McDonald also tallied for the Flyers in their first win over the Penguins this season.
     Brian Elliott stopped 34 shots and blanked the Pens until Patric Hornqvist scored 5 1/2 minutes into the third period.
     Game 3 is Sunday at Philadelphia.
     Elsewhere in the playoffs:
     - Erik Haula scored at 15:22 of double-overtime to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 win over the Kings and a 2-0 series lead. Haula beat Jonathan Quick on the Knights' 56th shot of the night against Jonathan Quick, putting Vegas in command of the series despite scoring just three times in the first two games. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots and will carry a series goals-against average of 0.39 into Game 3 at Los Angeles.
     - Winnipeg has a two-games-to-none lead after Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers each had a goal and an assist to lead the Jets past the Wild, 4-1. Paul Stastny and Andrew Copp also scored to back Connor Hellebuyck, who faced just 17 shots and was perfect until Zach Parise scored on a power play with 45 seconds left. Game 3 is Sunday at St. Paul.

     UNDATED (AP) - Yu Darvish has been a disappointment through his first three starts with the Chicago Cubs. Darvish was chased during a four-run fifth Friday afternoon as the Braves blanked the Cubs, 4-0. He served up a three-run homer by Preston Tucker and left the game after yielding nine hits and throwing 105 pitches over 4 2/3 innings. Darvish is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA since signing a six-year, $126 million deal in February.
     Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez fared much better, holding the Cubbies to three hits while striking out six over six innings. Sanchez has carved out a 1.29 earned run average over three starts for the Braves, who picked him up after he was released by the Twins during spring training.
     The surprising Braves are off to an 8-5 start, while the Cubs are 6-7 following their second straight loss.
     Checking out Friday's other major league action:
     - The Mets are a major league-best 11-1 after Todd Frazier went 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homers in New York's ninth win in a row, 6-5 against the Brewers. Jay Bruce added an RBI double in a three-run sixth that gave the Mets a 6-2 lead and allowed them to overcome home runs by Hernan Perez, Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw.
     - The Diamondbacks improved to 11-3 by downing the Dodgers, 8-7 behind Daniel Descalso's two-run homer and four RBIs. Nick Ahmed's solo blast put Arizona ahead 8-5 in the eighth inning of its third straight win.
     - The Pirates had been 9-3 until Justin Bour homered and JB Shuck set a career high by collecting four of the Marlins' 14 hits in a 7-2 win over Pittsburgh. Miguel Rojas went 3-for-5 for Miami, which posted season highs for runs and hits while ending a three-game skid.
     - Carlos Gonzalez homered and had a sacrifice fly to account for the Rockies' runs in a 2-1 verdict over the Nationals. Wade Davis worked the ninth for his sixth save as five relievers combined for 4 1/3 hitless innings in Colorado's third straight win.
     - Yadier Molina smacked a solo homer and had three RBIs in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory at Cincinnati. The Reds have dropped six straight and own a major league-worst 2-11 record, their poorest 13-game start since 1955.
     - Tyson Ross scattered seven hits over six-plus innings and provided an RBI single with the bases loaded to snap a scoreless tie the Padres' 5-1 win over the Giants. Franchy Cordero hit a solo homer and Brad Hand worked out of a ninth-inning jam to get his fifth save as San Diego improved to 5-10.
     - The Phillies were able to celebrate a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay after Jorge Alfaro singled home the tiebreaking run with two out in the ninth inning. Vince Velasquez permitted one run and four hits while fanning seven in 6 2/3 innings to help Philadelphia earn its fourth straight win.
     - Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 14 while limiting the Rangers to three hits over seven innings of the Astros' 3-2 victory. George Springer homered twice for Houston, which took the lead for good when pinch-runner Derek Fisher scored from first base on an error by outfielder Drew Robinson.
     - The Red Sox rolled to a 7-3 win over the Orioles as Eduardo Nunez crushed a three-run homer and Rafael Devers went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Eduardo Rodriguez struck out eight over six innings for Boston, which is 11-2 for the first time in exactly 100 years.
     - Albert Pujols hit a solo homer and an RBI single before the Angels scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning of their sixth straight win, 5-4 at Kansas City. Shohei Ohtani doubled, singled and scored the go-ahead run on Ian Kinsler's sacrifice fly.
     - Teoscar Hernandez singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh and added an RBI double in a three-run ninth as the Blue Jays rallied to end the Indians' five-game winning streak, 8-4. Steve Pearce doubled in a pair of runs in the ninth, and Aledmys Diaz belted a three-run homer after Toronto fell behind, 4-0.
     - Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run and added a conventional solo shot as the Yankees dealt the Tigers their fifth consecutive loss, 8-6. Aaron Judge stretched his hitting streak to 11 games and contributed an RBI double to help New York climb back to .500.
     - The Mariners trailed 3-2 with two out in the seventh until Mitch Haniger belted a three-run homer and Daniel Vogelbach added a two-run blast to rally Seattle past the Athletics, 7-4. Khris Davis homered twice for Oakland and Matt Chapman slammed his fifth of the season to snap a 2-2 tie in the sixth.
     - The White Sox and Twins were rained out in Minnesota, and the overnight forecast calls for the possibility of over a foot of show. No makeup date has been announced.

     BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch nosed out brother Kurt Busch for the pole in Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch finished 0.002 seconds ahead of his sibling during Friday's qualifying, marking the third time they have started on the front row together. Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make up the second row, ahead of fellow Ford driver Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson.

     UNDATED (AP) - Nolan Arenado and Luis Perdomo were hit the hardest after they sparked a brawl in Thursday's Rockies-Padres game.
     The Rockies third baseman and Padres pitcher each received five-game suspensions, while Colorado outfielder Gerardo Parra was ordered to sit out four games for fighting. Arenado charged the mound after Perdomo through behind him during the Rockies' 6-4 victory.
     Padres pitcher Buddy Bauman got a one-game ban. Padres catcher A.J. Ellis and infielder Freddy Galvis and Rockies right-hander German Marquez were fined but not suspended.
     Other MLB news:
     - The Mets are down to their third- and fourth-string catchers. Kevin Plawecki was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left hand, and Travis d'Arnaud has elected to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, leaving the catching chores to Jose Lobaton and prospect Tomas Nido. Plawecki was hit by a pitch during Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the Marlins.
     - The Blue Jays have placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled with right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson is batting .239 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games. He's been dealing with the injury since the beginning of the season.
     - A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent Mark Reynolds and the Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract. The 34-year-old failed to land a free-agent contract before opening day despite hitting .267 with 30 home runs, 97 RBIs and 175 strikeouts for Colorado last season.
     - The Royals have signed outfielder Tarik El-Abour to a minor league contract and assigned him to the team's extended spring training. El-Abour was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and did not speak until he was 6. He threw out the first pitch on Autism Awareness Day last year at Kauffman Stadium.

     UNDATED (AP) - Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock is retiring, ending a 22-year career as the third-winningest coach in NHL history. Hitchcock will become a consultant for the team he led to its only Stanley Cup championship in 1999. The 66-year-old Hitchcock returned to Dallas this season after 15 years away, with stops in Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis. Hitchcock's 823 wins are behind only Scotty Bowman and Joel Quenneville. He's fourth in games with 1,536.
     Also in the NHL:
     - Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been given a three-game suspension by the NHL for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels during Toronto's series-opening loss to the Bruins. Kadri was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct midway through the third period.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Hornets have fired coach Steve Clifford after the team failed to reach the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons. The move comes after a meeting with new general manager Mitch Kupchak on Friday. Charlotte finished 36-46 despite what Clifford on Wednesday called his most talented team. The Hornets were 196-214 in five seasons under Clifford. They reached the playoffs twice, but failed to make it out of the first round in 2014 and 2016.
     Elsewhere around the league:
     - The Thunder might be without starting shooting guard Corey Brewer heading into their first-round playoff series opener Sunday against Utah.  Brewer sprained his right knee during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis. He did light work Friday and didn't practice.
     - The NBA has suspended Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance. The NBA says Meeks tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone that's prohibited under the league's drug program.

     UNDATED (AP) - Jarvis Landry has signed a five-year, $75 million contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, one month after being acquired from the Miami Dolphins. The three-time Pro Bowl selection led the NFL with 112 catches for the Dolphins last season and scored nine touchdowns, two more than Cleveland's entire receiving corps. The 25-year-old Landry is expected to make an immediate impact for a Cleveland team that lost all 16 games last season.
     In other NFL news:
     - The Cowboys have released Dez Bryant to create salary relief after the wide receiver failed to live up to the five-year, $70 million deal he signed in 2014. Bryant averaged 13 games, 50 receptions and 678 yards over the last three seasons.
     - Free agent cornerback Davon House is returning to the Green Bay Packers after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal. House is the second former Packers cornerback to return to the defense this offseason, joining Tramon Williams.
     - Seattle has signed kicker Sebastien Janikowski, who spent 17 seasons with the Oakland Raiders but missed the 2017 season due to a back injury. The 40-year-old Janikowski has made 80.4 percent of his kicks during his career and holds the NFL record with 55 field goals of 50 yards or longer.
     - The NFL has suspended free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez for the first four games of next season for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances. He would be eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games if he signs with another team.
     - The NFL is accusing some attorneys representing players in the $1 billion concussion settlement of fraud, and has asked to have a special investigator appointed to investigate. Plaintiffs' lawyers have said the league is not expeditiously awarding funds from the settlement, claiming the review process is too slow. Thus far, $227 million in claims have been awarded.

     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A fair catch on a kickoff received inside the 25-yard line will result in a touchback next season after a proposed rule change was approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.
     The NCAA has announced the adoption of several rule changes, some aimed at moving games along. The most notable involved kickoffs, which both college and professional football rule-makers acknowledge produce an inordinate number of injuries. In the hopes of creating fewer returns and more touchbacks, kickoffs were moved from the 30-yard line to the 35 in 2012 and the starting position after a touchback was moved up from the 20 to the 25.


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