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Climie signs with Dallas

BEMIDJI -- Former Bemidji State goaltender Matt Climie has signed a one-year professional hockey contract with the Dallas Stars.

He will complete the 2007-08 season with the Iowa Stars, Dallas' primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Complete terms of the agreement were not announced.

Climie will take the final 12 games of the regular season to get acclimated to the league and the organization on an amateur tryout agreement and will begin to fulfill his one-year contract within the Dallas system next fall.

"This is a huge step for my career," Climie said. "Now I'm a professional hockey player. It's my job."

Climie capped his career at BSU at the College Hockey America tournament last week in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

During his four years with Bemidji State, he had an overall record of 45-30-11 and helped lead the Beavers to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament.


Wisconsin 4, Harvard 1

DULUTH -- Hopes of a third straight title remain alive for Wisconsin.

Jinelle Zaugg scored twice, Jessie Vetter stopped 33 shots and the Badgers beat Harvard on Thursday in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.

Erika Lawler and Jasmine Giles also scored for the fourth-ranked Badgers (29-8-3), who will face either Minnesota-Duluth or New Hampshire in Saturday's title game.

Top-ranked Harvard (32-2-0) lost for the first time in 22 games. It was just the second time this year that Harvard allowed more than two goals -- both were losses.

After Jen Brawn gave the Crimson a 1-0 first-period lead, Lawler and Giles scored two minutes apart early in the second for Wisconsin. Zaugg scored on a feed from Lawler midway through the second to make it 3-1, and on a feed from Mallory Deluce early in the third period.

Wisconsin beat Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 in last year's title game, and beat Minnesota 3-0 in 2006.

Minn.-Duluth 3, New Hampshire 2

DULUTH -- Laura Fridfinnson scored her second goal of the game midway through the third period, Kim Martin stopped 41 shots, and Minnesota-Duluth beat New Hampshire on Thursday in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.

Sara O'Toole also scored for the second-ranked Bulldogs (33-4-1), who will play Wisconsin in Saturday's championship game. The No. 4 Badgers knocked off top-ranked Harvard 4-1 in the other semifinal.

Wisconsin beat UMD 4-1 in last year's title game; however, the Bulldogs have won four of their five meetings this season.

Fridfinnson knocked home a rebound of a shot from Haley Irwin on the power play at 10:27 of the third period. It was UMD's second shot in six seconds, after going more than 30 minutes without a shot on goal.

New Hampshire, which outshot UMD 43-15, had a two-player advantage for 55 seconds late in the third period, but could not get the puck past Martin.

Jenn Wakefield gave the third-ranked Wildcats a 1-0 lead early in the first period, but O'Toole and Fridfinnson scored for UMD before the period was over.

Leah Craig scored a power-play goal for New Hampshire (33-4-1) in the second period.


Walters State 59, Lake Region 55

SALINA, Kan. -- Jasmin Coleman scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Walters State to a win over Lake Region State College in the consolation round of the NJCAA national tournament on Thursday.

Walters State hit 7 of 13 treys.

Kate Sharkova had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Royals.

Creighton 76, SDSU 69

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Creighton erased a seven-point halftime deficit and pulled away in the second half to beat South Dakota State on Thursday in a first-round game from the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

Kelsey Woodard keyed the second-half run by the Bluejays (21-11), who will play Marquette in the second round on Monday. Woodard had 23 of her 29 points in the second half, which started with Creighton trailing 34-27.

SDSU (23-7) ran off five straight points at the end of the first half to take a seven-point lead.

But the Bluejays outscored the Jackrabbits 30-17 to open the second half, and the Jackrabbits never got closer than four points down the stretch.