MSU hockey fends off Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — The Minot State men’s hockey team won its 18th straight game Friday night in Jamestown. The No. 1-ranked Beavers topped the University of Jamestown, 3-0, in a postseason tune-up.

“This was a big time win for us,” MSU coach Wade Regier said. “A very tight playoff atmosphere type of a win. Our special teams were on point all night and that was the difference.”

MSU scored two power play goals while limiting the Jimmies to one-for-five on their extra man advantage.

After a scoreless first period, Blake Fournier scored an unassisted goal 11:57 into the second period. Less than two minutes later, Sam Briscoe scored on the power play with Johl Swedlo and Austin Yano picking up the assists.

Yano got on the scoresheet again as a scorer late in the third period. Lyndon Lipinski and Briscoe got the helpers on that power play tally.

With 37 seconds left in the game, Cole McKechney scored on the power play to ruin Joshua Bykowski’s shutout bid in net for MSU.

Bykowski made 12 saves in the win, as the Beavers outshot Jamestown 34-13.

The two teams have a rematch at 7:30 p.m. today at Maysa Arena. The Beavers have three games left in their regular season.