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In high school hockey last night…
– At the annual Wing Ding contest, Houghton blanked Hancock 8-0 in a game that ended after two periods because of the mercy rule. P.J. Donnelly and Brendan Erickson scored twice for the Gremlins. Kevin Bostwick had a goal and four assists. Justin Norkol, Jeff Heinonen and Nico Rajala also scored.

In high school boys basketball last night…
– Brad Sirard scored 39 points, as Houghton defeated Hancock 67-51. George Butvilas added 15 for the Gremlins. Devon Raasio led the Bulldogs with 13. The victory, combined with the Gremlins’ hockey win, keeps the Don Miller Wing Ding Trophy at Houghton High School for the second straight year.
– The Calumet game at West Iron County was postponed to February 20th.
– The Lake Linden-Hubbell contest at L’Anse was postponed, with no make-up date announced.
– The Chassell contest at Jeffers was postponed, with no make-up date announced.
– We received no information about the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City game at Ontonagon.
– We received no information about the Baraga game at Republic-Michigamme.

In girls action last evening…
– Chassell shut down Dollar Bay-Tamarack City 65-12.

Finlandia

The Finlandia University men’s hockey team lost 3-1 at fifth-ranked Saint Norbert last night in De Pere. Hunter Kero scored the Lions’ only goal. Marcus Gloss stopped 30 shots. The Lions will host Saint Norbert tonight. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift and 993TheLift.com. Despite the loss, Finlandia clinched the final berth in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs after the College of Saint Scholastica fell to Marian University.

The Lions women’s hockey squad fell to Concordia-Wisconsin 3-1 yesterday. Sarah Hockings scored for the Lions. Annah Smiddy made 33 saves. The Lions will host the Falcons again this afternoon at 2:30 at the Houghton County Arena.

The Finlandia women’s basketball team visits Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing this afternoon.

The Finlandia men’s basketball team entertains Gogebic Community College this afternoon at 3:00 at the Paavo Nurmi Center.

MTU/NMU

The Michigan Tech hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie against sixth-ranked Minnesota State in the first game of the annual Winter Carnival series last night. The Mavericks earned the extra standings point in the shootout. Brian Halonen put the Huskies ahead with a goal early in the third period. MSU forced the extra period by scoring with 55 seconds left in regulation. Matt Jurusik made 36 saves. Those two teams will meet again tonight at 5:07 to decide who wins the MacInnes Cup.

The Northern Michigan hockey squad played Alabama-Huntsville to a 2-2 tie in regulation last night, and won the shootout to earn the extra standings point. Those teams face off again tonight in Alabama.M

Both Michigan Tech basketball teams entertain Saginaw Valley State University today. The women tip off at noon, and the men at 2:00.

Both Northern Michigan University teams will host Northwood tomorrow.

GLHL

The Calumet Wolverines’ late comeback fell short, and the lost to the Marquette Mutineers 8-6 last night.

The Portage Lake Pioneers have the weekend off.

NBA

The Detroit Pistons won their third straight game last night, defeating the New York Knicks 120-103. Andre Drummond scored 29 points, and grabbed 20 rebounds – his ninth 20-20 game of the season. The Pistons host the Washington Wizards on Monday. Pregame coverage begins at 6:35 on 99.3 The Lift.

NHL

The Detroit Red Wings visit the Buffalo Sabres this afternoon. Pregame coverage will start at 12:40 on 99.3 The Lift.

Our high school hockey coverage continues Tuesday, when Hancock skates at Marquette. The pregame show will begin around 6:40 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

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