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Comeback Hockey Win Seals Houghton Wing Ding Triumph – Saturday Sports Wrap

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Houghton claimed the Wing Ding trophy, with victories in both the basketball and hockey games against Hancock last night.

Houghton celebrates a Wing Ding hockey win.

The Gremlins boys basketball team downed the Bulldogs 48-31. George Butvilas had a game-high 16 points for the Gremlins, and Brad Sirard added 15. Devin Raasio led the Bulldog with 14 points.

The Houghton hockey squad fell behind 3-0, then came back to edge Hancock 4-3 in overtime. The Bulldogs’ early goals came from Bryce Randell, Alex Nordstrom and Petr Anderson. Justin Norkol, and Dawson McKay started the Gremlins’ comeback in the third period. Brendan Erickson tied the contest with 1:14 remaining in regulation, and McKay’s power play goal in the extra stanza was the game-winner. Will Stier stopped 17 shots to get the win for Houghton. Dawson Kero made 40 saves for Hancock.

In last evening’s other boys basketball games…
– Calumet lost to West Iron County 49-44. Matt Ojala scored 15 for the Copper Kings.
– L’Anse outlasted Lake Linden-Hubbell 77-69 in double overtime.
– Dollar Bay-Tamarack City held off Ontonagon 63-62. The Gladiators scored five points in the final 10 seconds to make the game close, but the Blue Bolts remained undefeated.
– Chassell stopped Jeffers 48-35.
– Baraga fell to Republic-Michigamme 41-26.

In last night’s other hockey game, L’Anse defeated Phillips 6-4.

The Finlandia University men’s hockey team lost 8-1 to 2nd-ranked St. Norbert College last night. Michael Chuinard scored the Lions’ only goal. Marcus Gloss gave up five goals to the Green Knights in the first period. Matt Arnold replaced him and allowed the remaining three. Finlandia ends its season on the road at St. Norbert tonight.

The Lions women’s hockey squad plays at Adrian College tonight and tomorrow afternoon.

Both Finlandia basketball teams entertain Silver Lake College today. The women’s game starts at 1:00, and the men’s game at 3:00. We’ll provide broadcast coverage of the women’s contest starting at 12:40 on 99.3 The Lift, and 993TheLift.com.

The Michigan Tech hockey team fell 4-2 to Bemidji State in the opening game of the Winter Carnival series last night. Jake Lucchini scored for the Huskies in the opening minute, but the Beavers responded with three straight scores. Dylan Steman’s goal late in the second period closed the gap to one, but Bemidji State sealed the win with their final goal early in the third period. Robbie Beydoun made 34 saves in the losing effort. The Huskes and Beavers conclude the Winter Carnival set tonight at 5:07 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Denver Pierce’s goal a minute into overtime lifted the 20th-ranked Northern Michigan University hockey team to a 2-1 win over Alaska-Fairbanks last night. Those teams skate in Marquette again tonight.

Both Michigan Tech basketball teams play at Northwood today. Both Northern Michigan University teams play at Saginaw Valley State.

In Great Lakes Hockey League play, the De Pere Deacons will be in town this weekend. They’ll face the Calumet Wolverines tonight at 7:30 at the Colosseum, and the Portage Lake Pioneers tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 at Dee Stadium.

The Detroit Pistons’ five-game winning streak ended last night, with a 108-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Blake Griffin scored 19 points against his former team. The Pistons visit the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow.

The New York Islanders scored five times in the third period, and defeated the Detroit Red Wings 7-6 in overtime last night.  Detroit opened an early advantage with three goals in the first period. They still led 3-1 heading into the third, and increased the advantage to 5-2 midway through the stanza. But, the Isles found the net four times in a four-minute span – all on the same power play caused by a slashing penalty against Tyler Bertuzzi – to take the lead. Mike Green’s shot with 29 seconds remaining forced the overtime. Petr Mrazek took the loss, stopping 22 shots. The Wings visit the Washington Capitals tomorrow afternoon. Pregame coverage begins at 2:40 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Detroit Lions have extended the contract of general manager Bob Quinn. Terms have not been released, but multiple media reports say it’s a five-year deal, which will match the term of new head coach Matt Patricia.

The annual Barneløpet will be held tomorrow at the Maasto Hiihto Trails. Fun Nordic skiing races for kids ages three through 17 will begin at 1:00 at the Four Seasons chalet. There is no charge. Parents are welcome to ski with their children. The Barneløpet is staged by the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club, the Sons of Norway Ulseth Lodge, and the City of Hancock. See more details here.

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