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Bulls beat Bozeman in shootout BOZEMAN - Brian Reese scored the game-tying goal with 25 seconds left in the third period, then the Billings Bulls went on to capture a 4-3 shootout victory over the Bozeman Ice Dogs Saturday.
Reese, Andrew Stearns and John Stockler all scored for the Bulls in the shootout after a scoreless overtime session. Billings goalie Mathias Lange kept the net closed against all five Bozeman attackers in the shootout.
"Mathias didn't give them a sniff," Aikens said. "And when our guys scored (in the shootout), it was over."
Reese scored his seventh goal of the season in the third period after Billings pulled Lange in favor of a sixth attacker, Kevin Smith. Smith tracked down a puck in the corner, fought off the defense and centered the puck to Reese, who lifted it over Bozeman goalie Tommy Mulligan for the goal.
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"We pulled our goaltender and just crashed the net," said Billings associate head coach Al Bloomer. "It was a hard working goal. Reese just knocked it in."MSU-B women lose in Jamestown JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Jamestown College made the most of its opportunities to defeat Montana State-Billings 4-2 Saturday in women's soccer.
The Yellowjackets out-shot the Jimmes 25-10.
Vicky McCarthy scored MSU-B's first goal, off an assist by Margot Merrill-Johnson. Johnson scored her third goal of the season in the second half. She finished with nine shots. The Yellowjackets had five other shots on goal in the second, but all were turned away by the Jamestown goalkeeper.
MSU-B will close the season with the Yellowjacket Soccer Classic this coming weekend. MSU-B will play Embry-Riddle on Friday at 3 p.m. and Carroll College on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both matches will be at the MSU-B College of Technology Field.Simon Fraser defeats RMC soccer ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Simon Fraser University scored three goals in a nine-minute span of the first half en route to a 4-0 victory over Rocky Mountain College in women's soccer Saturday.
Simon Fraser, ranked eighth in the nation, scored in the 10th, 17th, and 19th minutes.
The Bears host Carroll College Saturday at 3 p.m. at Wendy's Field.BYU-Hawaii wins over MSU-B BYU-Hawaii won its second straight volleyball match over MSU-Billings in three games 30-20, 30-25 and 30-27 Saturday night at Alterowitz gymnasium.
BYU-Hawaii, which improved to 15-1 overall with the non-conference win, was led by Yu Chuan Weng with 15 kills and 16 digs.
Ashley Jones had 13 kills and 11 digs and teammate Karissa Gerretsen also had 13 kills for the Yellowjackets. MSU-Billings drops to 6-12 overall and is currently 2-4 in PacWest Conference play.Lady Bears sweep Westminster Senior Libby Torma collected 11 kills as Rocky Mountain College swept past Utah's Westminster College 30-21, 30-21, 30-24 in Frontier Conference women's volleyball on Saturday night.
Tess Morrison chipped in with 35 assists and three ace serves. Tiffani Bauer and Megan Longenecker notched eight kills apiece.
Rocky is now 5-4 in conference play and 13-6 overall. The Lady Bears will entertain Carroll College at 7 p.m. on Friday.Panther Mountain wins Derby trial LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Panther Mountain won his trial Friday night and is now in the running to win the $288,950 Los Alamitos Derby on Nov. 1 at the Southern California racetrack.
The black quarter horse, owned by Guy Weimer of Park City, is one of 10 horses to advance to the 400-yard finals.
In the process, Panther Mountain stayed on target for a sweep of the two richest derbies of the season at Los Alamitos.
Panther Mountain won the Grade 1 Winter Derby last February.
A total of 23 sophomores competed in Friday's 400-yard trials. The 10 fastest times advanced out of the three trials.
Panther Mountain, with Joe Badilla aboard, won the third trial with a time of 19.775 seconds. That was the seventh fastest clocking overall. Check Him Out won his fourth straight race and had the fastest overall time at 19.60 seconds.
Panther Mountain, favored in his trial, paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.40 in beating Ronnie Jace by a nose.
The winner of the Los Alamitos Derby will earn a berth in the $500,000 Champion of Champions to be held on Dec. 14.UM opens new student section MISSOULA - An additional 300 to 400 students will be able to watch Grizzly basketball games from the floor level of Dahlberg Arena in a new standing-only section behind the south basket.
Combined with the bleachers at the opposite end of the arena, students can now occupy 534 of the 1,304 seats available on the lower level. A section in the upper level north bleachers also is reserved for students.
The change displaced about 50 sets of season tickets, but the ticket holders have been receptive, said Montana athletic director Wayne Hogan.
Students have been seeking the change since the school remodeled Dahlberg Arena and students lost their floor seats because UM wanted to sell more season tickets.
The students said moving them upstairs changed the atmosphere and hurt Montana's home-crowd advantage.
First-year Grizzly basketball coach Pat Kennedy is happy with the change.
"Places that I've had an opportunity to coach at that have a configuration similar to this one have been some of the most difficult places to play," Kennedy said.UW senate wants old colors back LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming student senate approved a resolution changing the school's colors back to traditional brown and gold, but UW President Philip L. Dubois said the new colors, brown and Wyoming prairie gold, are staying.
In an e-mail to Associated Students of the University of Wyoming Sen. Janae Nuspl, Dubois noted that apparel sales are up 25 percent since the colors and logo were changed in July 2000.
"Given our marketing success and the fact that this issue has just been studied to death, notwithstanding any resolution you might pass, I don't intend to reopen the issue," he wrote.
"For the near term, this decision has been made; if a future University president wants to revisit the issue, that will be his or her decision."UM assistant having fun again MISSOULA - Montana assistant volleyball coach Allison Weston helped lead Nebraska to the 1995 NCAA championship and captained the 2000 Olympic team to a fourth-place finish in Sydney.
But something was missing from the sport - the fun.
Weston took a year off from the U.S. National Team and played a season in the Italian professional league, then decided to take some time off.
"I had intentions of going back to the national team after playing one season in Italy," Weston said. "But I didn't enjoy being in the gym that many hours a day. Being away from the game for a year allowed me to step back and refocus. I still enjoy the game, and I like getting back on the court now. It's fun again."
In the summer of 2001 she turned down offers to be an assistant coach at Nebraska and to join the U.S. Pro Volleyball League's offers to play or coach.
In February, Weston accepted a job assisting former Nebraska teammate and UM volleyball coach Nikki Best.
"By then I figured it was time," Weston said. "It was a good opportunity to work with my friends and to live in Montana. I love the outdoors and there are so many opportunities here. It was too much to pass by."