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No. 2 North Dakota State Doubles Up No. 7 Montana State

The No. 2 North Dakota State Bison beat the No. 7 Montana State Bobcats on Tuesday in the 2018 MCLA D-II quarterfinals, 12-6.

The Bobcats cruised to a 2-0 lead after the first quarter on goals by Alex Brown but the Bison awoke from its slumber and outscored the Bobcats 6-2 in the second quarter, making the halftime score 6-4 for North Dakota State.

“We had opportunities but we didn’t hit cage in the first quarter,” said North Dakota State head coach Zach Bosh. “You can’t score if you don’t hit the net.”

The Bison defense turned up the heat in the second half and held the Bobcats scoreless in the third quarter while score three goals.

“We trusted our game plan and it all worked out,” said Bosh. “We’re going to give up goals in the 10 men ride, but we gain so many possessions because of it.”

North Dakota State scored three goals in the fourth and the Bobcats tacked on two goals late, making the final score, 12-6 for the Bison.

The Bison will take on the winner of Minn-Dulth and Kennesaw State in the D-II semifinals on Thursday.

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