In high school hockey Saturday…
• Houghton spotted Escanaba an early goal, then shut down the Eskymoes the rest of the game, and claimed a 7-1 victory. Mathan Erva had a hat trick plus an assist for the Gremlins. Camden Markham, Tedd Halonen, Landon Stevens and Connor Raffaelli scored, and Dane Johnson had two assists. Jimmy Pietila made 18 saves.
• Jeffers edged Negaunee 3-2.
• Calumet defeated Hancock 4-1 in the final game of the Copper Island Classic. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period, with Tom Erkkilla scoring for the Copper Kings, and Todd Anderson responding for the Bulldogs. Dean Loukus scored the eventual game-winner in the second frame. Nolan Sturos got an insurance marker in the third, and Zach Larson’s empty-netter sealed the win. Aksel Loukus made 26 saves for the win. Combined with their 4-2 victory Friday, the Copper Kings claimed the total-goals Copper Island Classic 8-3.
In girls basketball Saturday…
• Houghton fell to Negaunee 44-41.
• Hancock defeated Jeffers 57-32.
• Chassell got past Dollar Bay-Tamarack City 48-43. Ashlea Datto scored 29 for the Blue Bolts. Ally Etelamaki led a balanced Panthers attack with 11.
In boys hoops Saturday…
• Houghton fell to Negaunee 43-21.
• Jeffers shut down Hancock 66-19.
• Dollar Bay-Tamarack City edged Chassell 56-51. Johnny Schutz scored for the Jets, and Christian Hocking added 12.
In high school swimming Saturday…
• Houghton v Rudyard – not reported.
The 20th-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team claimed its eighth straight victory over Northern Michigan University Saturday, with a 3-2 overtime win. Jake Crespi scored the game-winner just over two minutes into the extra stanza. Goals by Tommy Parrottino and Colin Swoyer gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead, until the wildcats scored two late goals to force overtime. Blake Pietila made 27 saves.
The 10th-ranked Michigan Tech women’s basketball team claimed its 15th straight victory Saturday, 72-70 over Wisconsin-Parkside. Jordan Ludescher had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies. Ellie Mackay hit two late free throws to win the game. Tech will be the top seed, as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament opens this week. The Huskies have an opening-round bye, and will begin play Thursday at Purdue Northwest. Their opponent will be determined Tuesday night.
The Tech men’s team closed its regular season with a 69-47 victory over Parkside Saturday. Owen White led the Huskies with 20 points. The Huskies will be seeded third in the GLAC tournament, and will open against sixth-seeded Purdue Northwest Thursday in Hammond.
The Northern Michigan University women’s team downed Purdue Northwest 65-55 Saturday. Makaylee Kuhn scored a career-best 39 points. The Wildcats are seeded seventh in the GLIAC tournament, and will host 10th-seeded Davenport University in an opening round game Tuesday.
The NMU men’s team had to cancel its games against Purdue-Northwest this weekend because of COVID-19 issues. That problem will also force them out of the GLIAC tournament.
The Finlandia University women’s basketball team dispatched Bryant and Stratton College from Buffalo, New York, 71-51 Saturday afternoon. Olivia Green led the Lions with 24 points.
The Finlandia men’s team lost 98-88 at Gogebic Community College Saturday. Dylan Underwood scored 20 for the Lions.
The Tech volleyball team lost 3-2 at Northwood University Saturday. Olivia Ghormley led Tech with 23 kills. Those teams play again today in Midland.
The Northern volleyball squad completed a weekend sweep of Saginaw Valley State University with a 3-1 victory Saturday.
The Detroit Red Wings won their second straight game last evening, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. Bobby Ryan gave the Wings an early lead. After the Hawks tied it, goals by Darren Helm, Christian Djoos and Evgeny Svechnikov put Detroit in command. Frans Nielsen added a late insurance tally. Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves.
The Wings skate at Chicago again tonight. Coverage begins at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Detroit Pistons host the New York Knicks tonight.
The Detroit Tigers open the Grapefruit League schedule today against the Philadelphia Phillies. Tyler Alexander will start for Detroit.
The Milwaukee Brewers begin their Cactus League campaign against the Chicago White Sox. Eric Lauer will pitch for the Crew.
Former champion J.R. Anderson continues to lead the field after the second leg of the CopperDog 150. After turning in the best time Friday night, Anderson repeated the effort Saturday, covering the course from Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor in 2:57:45. Joanna Oberg had the second best run of the day, and moved from seventh place to third overall. Laura Bontrager had the third-best time Saturday, and remains in second place overall. Local musher Sarah Tarlton also had a good run Saturday, and moved up from eighth place to fourth overall.
Anderson’s carries an 8:49 lead into the today’s final stage. Mushers will leave Copper Harbor beginning at 8:30. The finish line is in Eagle Harbor. Because of COVID-19 concerns, no fans can be accommodated, but live video and real-time updates can be accessed at CopperDog150.com. Todd VanDyke will provide reports throughout the day on 97.7 The Wolf and KBear 102.3, the official radio voices of the CopperDog.
Ben Thompson won a narrow victory in the single-stage CopperDog 25 yesterday, finishing the 14.4-mile loop out and back from Copper Harbor in 1:00:35 seconds. Runner-up Morgan Larson was a scant 15 seconds off the pace. Ted Wallace, Randy DeKuiper and former champion Geri Minard rounded out the top five. See full results at CopperDog150.com.
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