The Calumet High School hockey team will return home today, after finishing as runner-up in the state tournament Saturday. The Copper Kings fell behind early, and lost to Warren De La Salle 6-3 in the Division Three title game (see our story here). Preliminary plans announced before the game on Saturday estimated the team would arrive at Calumet High School around 4:00.
Second seeded Michigan Tech and third-seeded Minnesota State will play a third and final game in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association semifinal series tonight. The Mavericks tied the best-of-three set with a 1-0 victory Saturday evening. MSU’s Zeb Knutson scored the game’s only goal 6:29 into the second period. Angus Redmond stopped 22 shots. The Huskies defeated Minnesota State 4-1 in the opening game Friday night. The best-of-three series concludes tonight at 7:07 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
The winner will host the WCHA championship game next Saturday. Fourth-seed Bowling Green upset top seed Bemidji State, sweeping the Beavers 4-3 in overtime Friday, and 2-1 Saturday.
The Calumet Wolverines fell to the De Pere Deacons 4-2 Saturday night, after losing 6-3 at Mosinee on Friday.
The result of Friday and Saturday’s games between the Portage Lake Pioneers and the Eagle River Falcons were not reported.
The Detroit Pistons picked up their second straight victory Saturday, defeating the New York Knicks 112-92. Tobias Harris led Detroit with 28 points. Andre Drummond contributed 24 points and 15 rebounds. The Pistons play at Cleveland Tuesday. Tip-off is at 7:00 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.
The Detroit Red Wings host the New York Rangers tonight. Faceoff is at 7:00 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.
The Detroit Tigers’ spring struggles continued Saturday, with a 7-1 loss to the New York Yankees. Daniel Norris gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled in, and pitched into the fourth. Bullpen candidate Edward Mujica surrendered four runs in the fifth inning. The Tigers have lost nine straight games, and will face the Mets this afternoon.
Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez suffered what appeared to be a groin injury Saturday while pitching for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Rodriguez was hurt while running to back up a play at the plate. After the game, he said the injury did not appear to be serious.
The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the San Diego Padres 5-3 Saturday. Matt Garza pitched two scoreless innings, but he and reliever Jon Olczak combined to walk five batters in the third, as the Padres scored three times. Jesus Aguilar hit his third homer of the spring for the Brewers. Milwaukee will face the San Diego Padres this afternoon.
The Detroit Lions continue to sign free agents. Yesterday, they inked deals with former Ravens tackle Rick Wagner, former Michigan State and New England Patriots wide receiver Keshawn Martin, and former Arizona Cardinals tight end Ricky Wagner, who is known for his pass blocking.
Great Bear Chase
The Great Bear Chase was highlighted by a couple photo finishes Saturday at the Swedetown Trails.
– In the 50k Skiathlon, Marquette’s Kyle Bratrud took the title, with a time of 2:12:54.6 – just 1.1 seconds ahead of Matt Liebsch of Long Lake, Minnesota. Deedra Irwin of Pulaski, Wisconsin was the top women’s finisher, with a time of 2:37:06.1.
– In the 50k Freestyle, Nikolai Anikin of Duluth, Minnesota, earned the title, with a time of 2:16:51.0. Zach Varty of Elk River, Minnesota, finished just 2.1 seconds back. Sarah Lyle of Chassell was the top women’s finisher, with a time of 2:46:50.5.
– In the 50k Classic, Matthew Eggar of Minneapolis placed first, with a time of 3:05:21.8. Jason Slining of Ironwood finished second, more than two minutes off the pace. The top women’s finisher was Anda Tanaka of Minneapolis, at 4:43:53.9.
– In the 25k Freestyle, John Munger from Minneapolis finished first, with a time of 1:11:08.4. Conner Nilsen of Waukesha, Wisconsin was 1:46 off the pace. Nicole Harvey of Minneapolis was the top women’s finisher, with a time of 1:23:28.8.
– In the 25k Classic, Josh Albrecht of Stillwater, Minnesota, was the winner, with a time of 1:22:54.6 – more than five-and-a-half minutes better than runner-up Jeremy Steele of Negaunee. Hancock’s Joan Rundman was the top female, clocking in at 1:46:59.8.
– In the 10k Classic, George Jarvinen from Minneapolis earned the title, with a time of 26:45.6. David Ecker of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, placed second. Maria Vekat from Chassell was the top woman’s finisher, with a time of 32:57.1.
– In the 10k Freestyle, Riley Nilson of Waukesha, Wisconsin, placed first, with a time of 40:10.5. Greg Kresse of Wausau, Wisconsin was second. Sophia Schenzel of Wausau was the top women’s finisher, at 46:34.1.
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