• Troy Kowal

Effertz believes wins are “Earned Not Given”

Minot State Men’s hockey team is on a hot roll as the first half of the season comes to an end. As of Nov. 21, the men’s hockey team sits 14thin the nation at the ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) Division I. The Beavers started out slow and since then have found themselves, they are playing well.

“Our biggest area of late has been our goaltending all three of our goaltenders have been outstanding,” head coach Wade Regier said. “Breydan Effertz and Joshua Bykowskistood tall for us. You kinda need good goaltending when you are a young team.”

The Beavers closed out the first half of the season with an 8-1 win with Effertz in the net at home versus University of Mary followed by a 1-1 tie at Mary with Bykowski in the net .

“(I’m) trying to give my team a chance to win,” Effertz said “Just being able to strap on the pads every day and continue to play the great game I can’t ask for anything else.”

Minot State’s hockey team plays Jamestown twice before the end of the first half of the season. Once the Beavers pick up after the winter break, they will have eight more home games. They have their sights set on the national tournament in March and look to bring home a national championship. After the winter break the Beavers take on the University of Mary at 8 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Maysa.

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