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Team Copper Country powered through pool play in the state tournament undefeated, with two shutout victories on Saturday. In the afternoon, they buried the Kensington Valley Rebels 9-0. Dawson McKay led the effort with two goals and two assists. Alex Nordstrom had four assists. Jed Pietila scored twice. Jack Sturos, Lance Kangas, Taavi Rajala, Rory Anderson and Brent Loukus scored single goals. In the evening, Kangas’ hat trick led Team CC to a 10-0 rout of Dearborn Belle Tire. Nordstrom had two goals and an assist, McKay scored twice, Pietila had a goal and Ted Randell had a goal and an assist. Dawson Kero was in net for both shutouts. Team CC opened its quest for a state title with a 7-2 victory over the Metro Jets Friday night. The Copper Country squad will face the Oakland Junior Grizzlies in the semifinals today at noon. The championship game will begin this evening at 7:00. Pregame coverage of the semifinal (and the final, should Team CC advance) will start around 10 minutes before each faceoff on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
Shane Hanna’s goal in the second overtime gave the Michigan Tech hockey team a 3-2 victory over Bowling Green in the championship game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament Saturday night, earning the Huskies the Broadmoor Trophy, and a berth in the NCAA tournament. The game was scoreless through the first period. The Huskies broke through in the second, with goals by Joel L’Esperance and Jake Jackson. The Falcons tied the game with two quick goals in the third period to force overtime. After a scoreless first extra frame, Hanna took a long pass from Matt Roy at the blue line, raced the puck in on a breakaway, and fired a shot over the glove of the Bowling Green goalie to end the game. Angus Redmond stopped 36 shots in net for Tech.
The NCAA field and opening round pairings will be announced today at noon.
The Finlandia University baseball team plays a doubleheader at the Milwaukee School of Engineering today.
The Copper Country Old-Timers Hockey Tournament wraps up today. Check the schedule here.
The Detroit Red Wings scored four times in the third period, and buried the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 Saturday afternoon. Tomas Tatar scored the first two of those goals, the first coming just 96 seconds after Colorado had tied the contest. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit. The Wings will host the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night. Faceoff is at 7:30 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.
Darren Helm left the game in the second period after injuring his left leg in a collision with Colorado’s Erik Johnson. Coach Jeff Blashill was unsure if Helm will be available for tomorrow’s game.
The Detroit Pistons host the Phoenix Suns this afternoon.
In spring training baseball, half of the Detroit Tigers defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-5 Saturday. Mike Pelfrey was shaky, giving up up two runs on five hits over 3-2/3rds innings. The other half of the Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to edge the Miami Marlins 5-4. Justin Verlander pitched five shutout innings. Alex Presley homered. The Tigers will face the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon.
J.D. Martinez left Saturday’s game against the Marlins after spraining his right foot while trying to make a catch in right field. It’s not known how serious the injury is.
Pitchers Drew VerHagen, Buck Farmer and Chad Bell were assigned to the Toledo Mud Hens yesterday, as the Tigers trimmed their roster to 50 players.
The Milwaukee Brewers outslugged the Chicago Cubs 13-7 Saturday. Manny Piña, Kyle Wren and Dustin Houle hit home runs. The Brewers will face the San Francisco Giants this afternoon.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell announced yesterday that Junior Guerra will be the team’s opening day starter. Guerra was the surprise of the rotation last year, winning nine games after being called up from the minors a month into the season. He had spent most of the previous six seasons playing in foreign leagues.
The NCAA Division One men’s basketball tournament is down to 24 teams. The big upset Saturday saw eight-seed Wisconsin oust top-seed Villanova in the 65-62 in the East. In the West, 11th-seed Xavier surprised third-seed Florida State 91-66. In the Midwest, seventh-seed University of Michigan will face second-seed Louisville today at 12:10. Ninth-seed Michigan State will take on top-seed Kansas today at 5:15. Coverage of the tournament continues today on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.
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