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Forum staff reports, Published October 28 2010

Weekend watch: College men’s hockey: Denver at University of North Dakota

College men’s hockey: Denver at University of North Dakota

7:37 p.m. Friday, 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks

Friday night is “Ed Belfour Night” as UND welcomes back former great Ed Belfour, a goalie for the Sioux during the 1986-87 national championship season. The third winnigest goalie in NHL history, Belfour is being inducted into the UND Hall of Fame this weekend. The No. 8-ranked Sioux (3-2-1, 2-0 WCHA) are looking to bounce back after being swept at No. 7 Maine last weekend. No. 12-ranked Denver (2-2-2, 1-0-1) is slated to start freshman Sam Brittain in goal. UND senior forward Matt Frattin is on hot streak with seven goals through six games. Those six goals are tied for the most in the nation. Dating back to last season, Frattin has scored 17 goals in his past 19 games.

– Forum staff reports

College women’s soccer: Centenary, Oral Roberts at North Dakota State

3 p.m. Friday, Noon Sunday at Ellig Sports Complex

The Bison are tied for third place with Oral Roberts and South Dakota State in The Summit League standings and are looking to lock up their second straight trip to the league tournament that will be held Nov. 5-7 in Brookings, S.D. The top four teams advance to the tournament. The Bison (9-5-4 overall and 4-2-1 in the Summit) boast a 7-1 home record at the Ellig Sports Complex this season with their only loss coming in a 1-0 nonconference setback to Northern Iowa. The Bison have outscored their opponents 17-7 at home this season.

– Kevin Schnepf

High school football: Wyndmere-Lidgerwood at Hillsboro

1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro High School

The last time these two teams met in late August, Hillsboro earned a 22-20 victory. Both teams were sloppy in the early-season matchup. And Wyndmere-Lidgerwood was missing four starters. However, things have changed dramatically since. Both the Burros and Warbirds have crushed opponents en route to the North Dakota 9-man state quarterfinals. “I think it has the makings of a close game,” Wyndmere-Lidgerwood coach Scott Strenge said. “It’s hard to predict. But the two teams that play Saturday aren’t going to be the same teams that played earlier this year.” Top-ranked Hillsboro’s toughest task will be stopping a prolific Warbirds offense led by running back Kelly Illies and quarterback Brock Wieber. “They are probably the most explosive team in the state by a large margin,” Burros coach Scott Olsen said. The Warbirds must deal with Hillsboro’s disciplined offensive line, punishing running back Alex McLean and talented quarterback Brandon Otto. “Both teams will be focused,” said Strenge, whose team has squared off with Hillsboro four times in the last two years, and was knocked out of the playoffs by the Burros last season. “It’s a big game. It’s another step, and we all realize that. But there is always a little extra incentive when we play the white and blue (Hillsboro) over there.”

– Heath Hotzler

High school football: Norman County East at Ada-Borup

2 p.m. Saturday at Ada, Minn.

There’s not much to argue with when it comes to Ada-Borup. The Cougars have been good. That has been indicated by a 7-1. A season-opening loss to Goodridge-Grygla has seen the Cougars go on a winning streak. A win against East on Oct. 1 was part of that streak. But there were some things East could take away from the loss. East proved to be one of the few teams that could somewhat contain Ada-Borup, which won 33-8. That was good enough to hold the Cougars well below their season average, an amazing 46.8 points per game.

– Ryan S. Clark