K-Heart Sports – 07/08/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/08/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs win game one of the Expedition League Championship series. Luis Pelayo hit two home runs as the Dogs defeated Pierre 6-2 on Thursday night. Pelayo hit a two-run homer in the second inning to make it 5-0. He followed it up with a solo shot in the seventh to make it 6-1. The Dogs winning streak extends to 26 in a row. Game two in the best-of-five series is tonight in Pierre, SD.
MINOT, ND – Just one Legion Baseball score to report.
American Legion Baseball
Class B
Garrison 2, Beulah 0
Beulah 6, Garrison 1
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – A tetrad of University of North Dakota hockey players have been invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. The camp is set for July 24-August 3 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. Current defensemen Tyler Kleven and Brent Johnson alongside incoming forwards Jackson Blake and Owen McLaughlin earned invites to the 60-member camp to select teams for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championships. The 2022 U.S. National Junior Team will play in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship August 9-20 in Edmonton, Alberta, and the final 23-player roster is expected to be announced by August 3. The tournament was originally scheduled for Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022, in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, but was canceled due to COVID.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – On Tuesday, the North Dakota State Wrestling program and head coach Roger Kish announced the passing of incoming freshman Damian Mendez over the weekend. Mendez signed with the Bison in March of 2022. He was set to join the Bison this fall and was intending to major in Sport Management at NDSU. Mendez was a highly decorated athlete out of Dodge City, Kansas, including being a three-time state champion on the mat. He went undefeated as a senior and set the Kansas high school state record for the most takedowns in a single season. Mendez died of heat stroke while training.
MONTREAL (AP) — Juraj Slafkovsky waited and wondered if the Montreal Canadiens would take him with the first pick in the NHL draft. When the moment came, he didn’t even hear general manager Kent Hughes call his name. Shock overwhelmed the big, charismatic winger as soon as he heard Hughes say, “From the Slovakian national team. “I didn’t even listen anymore,” he said. “I was like shaking and I had goosebumps.” Months after leading Slovakia to its first Olympic gold medal and being named tournament MVP, Slafkovsky made more history by becoming the first player from the country to be taken No. 1. Minutes later, countryman and Beijing Games teammate Simon Nemec went second to the New Jersey Devils. Slafkovsky and Nemec became the highest-drafted players from Slovakia, 22 years after Marian Gaborik went third to Minnesota in 2000.
The Minnesota Wild had two picks in the first round on Thursday. At 19th overall, the Wild selected Swedish winger Liam Öhgren out of Djurgardens IF in the SHL. Öhgrenis a 6-foot-1, 201 lbs winger that is a hard-working forward that thrives in transition. After scoring 33 goals and 58 points in just 30 games in the J20 Nationell (Swedish junior league), Öhgrenwas named the top forward of the league — to go along with the Under-18 Worlds gold medal. Already a player that has lots of character and is said to be captain material (something that the Wild clearly value), and skill to fit in with the all-out Minnesota system. The Stockholm native was ranked as high as 13th overall by some outlets. He will be playing in the Swedish Allsvenskan next year.
At pick no. 24, the Minnesota Wild selected Danila Yurov, a Russian winger who played last year in the MHL and KHL. At 6-foot-1 and 179 lbs, Yurov’s best assets are his puck skills, skating, size, and vision — so, pretty much everything. Essentially, he plays a 200-foot game. Yurov is an excellent value at pick no. 24 according to some scouts — both The Athletic’s Corey Pronman and Scott Wheeler ranked Yurov 10th and 12th best prospects respectively.

Rounds 2-7 are today.

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