Valley News Live Sports, Tuesday at 10pm

Valley News Live Sports, Tuesday at 10pm


THE DIVISION TWO LEVEL … MINNESOTA STATE-MOORHEAD TOOK THEIR FINAL SHOOT AROUND AT FORD CENTER TODAY IN EVANSVILLE, INDIANA BEFORE THEY TAKE ON 2011 NCAA DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS BELLERMINE ON WEDNESDAY. HEAD COACH CHAD WALTHALL SAYS THE DRAGONS ARE PREPARED THANKS TO THE TOUGH REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE THEY HAD. THE DRAGONS HAVE FOCUSED THEIR EFFORTS THE PAST WEEK ON BALL PROTECTION AND REBOUNDING. TWO AREA’S BELLERMINE HAS SUCCEEDED IN ALL SEASON. BUT THE DRAGONS LED THE NATION THROUGHOUT THE REGULAR SEASON WITH THE FEWEST TURNOVERS PER GAME. WALTHALL SAYS THEY’VE TARGETED THE CHALLENGE IN BELLERMINE THOUGH AND ARE READY FOR WEDNESDAY. “ONE OF THE BIG THINGS FOR US IS WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A GREAT JOB ON THE BOARDS. THEY’RE JUST SO LONG AND SO AGGRESSIVE ON THE BOARDS. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO JUST A GREAT JOB OF BLOCKING OUT AND KEEPING THEIR POSSESSIONS TO A MINIMUM.” THIS GAME ONLY AVAILABLE ON N- C-A-A-DOT-COM … A COUPLE OPTIONS FOR YOU TO WATCH THOUGH … HEAD OVER TO THE BUFFALO WILD WINGS IN MOORHEAD OR THE T-V AREA IN THE COMSTOCK MEMORIAL UNION ON THE M-S-U-M CAMPUS. I’LL ALSO HAVE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU AT TEN … RIGHT HERE ON VALLEY NEWS LIVE. WITH THE PROGRAM’S BEST START EVER UNDER HEAD COACH DAVE HAKSTOL THIS SEASON … IT BECAME PRETTY CLEAR PRETTY EARLY THAT NORTH DAKOTA MEN’S HOCKEY WOULD BE RETURNING TO THE N-C-A-A ICE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR. WITH THAT … THEY WERE ALL BUT GUARANTEED A NEAR HOME ICE ADVANTAGE WITH SCHEELS ARENA PRE-SELECTED AS A REGIONAL LOCATION … AND U-N-D SET AS THE HOST. THE TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION S FOR A DIVISION ONE HOCKEY TEAM ARE ANYTHING BUT ROUGH THESE DAYS THOUGH AND HAKSTOL SAYS TEAM’S OF THIS CALLIBER … TEAM’S LIKE QUINNIPIAC WITH A VETERAN SQUAD WILL BE READY NO MATTER HOW FAR THE TRIP TO FARGO FROM CONNETICUT IS. NORTH DAKOTA WILL BE LOOKING TO USE THAT LIKE-HOME-ICE- ADVANTAGE AND RECREATE AN ATMOSPHERE YOU WOULD EXPECT AT THE RALPH ENGELSTAD ARENA. “BUT AGAIN THAT’S ENCOMBENT UPON US GOING OUT AND BEING READY TO PLAY AND BEING ABLE TO GET THAT BUILDING GOING A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW WHAT, AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, HONESTLY, I DON’T THINK TEAM’S ARE RATTLED BY MUCH. IT’S GAME ON.” DESPITE TICKETS BEING SOLD OUT … NORTH DAKOTA CHAMPIONS CLUB IS HOSTING AN OFFICIAL UND PREGAME PARTY AT FARGO BILLIARDS AND GASTRO PUB … PARTY WILL START THREE HOURS PRIOR TO ANY GAME U-N-D IS PARTICIPATING IN ALL WEEKEND … THOSE GAMES AVAILABLE ON E- S-P-N-U.

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