K-Heart Sports – 10/24/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 10/24/22 – 0700
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – One day after seeing the visiting McKendree Bearcats steal a win, the Minot State women’s hockey team got even with a dominating performance at the Maysa Arena. Jordan Ivanco made 21 saves for her first shutout of the season and the 15th of her career – giving her the all-time record for career shutouts at Minot State – and the Beavers got goals from three different skaters as they scored a 3-0 victory on Sunday. Matayah Metz scored the game-winner with 8 minutes, 36 seconds gone in the action off a Makena Welby assist, then the game stayed a 1-0 contest into the third period. With Ivanco turning aside shot after Bearcat shot, the Beavers (4-2-0 overall) final gave her some insurance as Jordan Kulbida scored off an Ensley Fendelet assist with 3:18 gone in the final stanza, then Sydney Spicer iced the win with a power-play goal with 1:53 remaining. Denali Sigurdson and Welby assisted on the final goal of the game. The win sends Minot State into a two-week break on a high note as the Beavers next host the University of Minnesota at the Maysa Arena on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3:45 p.m.
BEMIDJI, MN (MSU) – Minot State senior goalie Maddie Kindred led the way with four saves Sunday for her 11th shutout of the season, breaking her own single-season school record as the Beavers played to a scoreless tie at Bemidji State in NSIC play at Chet Anderson Stadium. The draw moved Minot State’s record to 8-2-7 overall and 8-1-4 in NSIC action. Combined with a tie by Concordia, St. Paul, Minot State clinched a home playoff game for the first round of the NSIC Tournament and will host that quarterfinal contest on Monday, Oct. 31. Time and opponent are yet to be determined. Minot State totaled six shots in the scoreless tie, three of them on goal. The Beavers faced 11 Bemidji State shots, four of them on goal. The shutout for Kindred was the 23rd of her career as she also holds the career shutout record at Minot State. Minot State concludes the regular season at the University of Mary at 5 p.m. on Thursday and can clinch a home playoff berth with a win over the Marauders.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves took a positive step in getting comfortable with new center Rudy Gobert. Anthony Edwards scored 30 points, and the Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-106 on Sunday night. Gobert had 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns — the team’s other 7-footer — added 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Minnesota is adjusting to the presence of Gobert, an All-Star center acquired in a trade with Utah this summer. “The first unit, it’s still a work in progress, but it’s better,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “I thought it was really good tonight. It’s just kind of — as we go through like, these different units and guys playing with Rudy, it’s all a learning curve for us right now.” Gobert and Towns helped Minnesota outrebound Oklahoma City 54-42. Edwards made 13 of 19 field goals and had 11 rebounds. He also scored 30 points in his previous game on Friday against Utah.
Lu Dort scored 20 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 15 for Oklahoma City, which dropped its home opener and fell to 0-3 for the season. The Thunder made just 9 of 41 3-pointers. Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sat out with a left hip contusion. He had averaged 30 points in his first two games. Guard Josh Giddey left the game with a sprained ankle and did not play in the fourth quarter.
The Timberwolves beat the Thunder 115-108 on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points that night. In the quick rematch, Edwards scored 18 points in the first half to help Minnesota lead 53-44 at the break. The Timberwolves outrebounded the Thunder 30-15 in the first half. Oklahoma City trimmed its deficit to 75-70 in the third quarter when Jaden McDaniels was called for a flagrant foul after a review. Oklahoma City’s Mike Muscala made two free throws, then he made a long 2-pointer to cut the Thunder deficit to a point. “Something we preach to each other is, it’s a 48-minute game,” Robinson-Earl said. “Regardless of what’s going on, we’re still going to play our way and on our terms.” Minnesota closed the quarter on a 7-0 run to take an 82-74 edge into the fourth. The Timberwolves opened the final period on a 24-10 surge to take control for good. Naz Reid, a reserve, scored all of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Minnesota pull away.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the offense sputtered as the Green Bay Packers’ losing streak reached three with a 23-21 defeat at the Washington Commanders. It’s the team’s longest skid since 2018. Rodgers struggled to find a rhythm with his receivers. Green Bay also had a muffed punt by Armani Rodgers and a couple of penalties on Eric Stokes that proved costly. The Commanders won a second consecutive game. Taylor Heinicke completed 20 of 33 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns in his first start of the season for Washington.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper slugged his fifth homer of the postseason, a two-run blast in the eighth inning that turned Citizens Bank Park into a madhouse, and the $330 million slugger powered the Philadelphia Phillies past the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday and into the World Series for the first the time since 2009. Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run homer to spark Philadelphia’s improbable run to the National League pennant and a shot at its first World Series championship since 2008. The wild-card Phillies were the last club into the 12-team playoff field this year after finishing third in the NL East.
NEW YORK (AP) — Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman delivered big hits and the Houston Astros advanced to the World Series again, finishing a four-game sweep of New York in the AL Championship Series with a 6-5 victory aided by another defensive gaffe from the Yankees. Taking advantage of a costly error by second baseman Gleyber Torres to produce the go-ahead rally in the seventh inning, the Astros won their second consecutive pennant and fourth in six years. Rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña hit a three-run homer off ailing Yankees starter Nestor Cortes to help the AL West champions overcome an early 3-0 deficit. Peña was named MVP of the ALCS. Houston will open the World Series at home Friday night against Bryce Harper and the wild-card Philadelphia Phillies.

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