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Gibson Cup Series Opens Tonight – Friday Sports Wrap

College Soccer

The Michigan Tech soccer team fell to Ashland 2-1 in overtime last night. Both goals in regulation came early in the contest, with the Eagles scoring just nine minutes into the game, and Tech’s Grace Shaw responding 17 minutes later. Ashland netted the winning goal in the 102nd minute.

The Huskies play at Saginaw Valley State tomorrow.

College Volleyball

The Tech volleyball team wraps up its regular season against Northern Michigan University with matches in Houghton this evening, and in Marquette tomorrow.

Gibson Cup

The Portage Lake Pioneers and the Calumet Wolverines will open the annual Gibson Cup series tonight. Game one will begin at 7:30 at the Colosseum, with game two at the Dee tomorrow night. Game three will be played Tuesday at the Colosseum, if needed. Coverage of each contest will start at 7:10 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

NHL

The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime last night. Goals by Adam Erne and Anthony Mantha gave Detroit a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but Frank Vatrano tied the contest midway through the third period, and Alex Wennberg’s tally 85 seconds into the extra stanza was the game-winner. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.

The Wings visit the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow afternoon. 

NBA

The Detroit Pistons buried the Washington Wizards 120-91 last night. Josh Jackson led Detroit with 31 points.

The Pistons host the New York Knicks tomorrow night. Coverage begins at 7:35 on 99.3 The Lift.

MLB

The Detroit Tigers opened their season with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians yesterday afternoon. Miguel Cabrera blasted a two-run homer in his first at-bat. Snow was falling so hard that he couldn’t see it leave the park, and he slid into second base, thinking it might have still been in play. JaCoby Jones doubled home Victor Reyes in the second inning. Matthew Boyd pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just three hits. Gregory Soto gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning, but earned the save.

The Tigers have today off, and host the Indians again tomorrow. Julio Teheran will face Zach Plesac. Coverage begins at 12:50 on 99.3 The Lift.

Detroit designated outfielder Christin Stewart for assignment yesterday. If no other team claims him on waivers, he can then be assigned to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Derek Holland will be added to the 40-man roster. Pitcher Spencer Turnbull has been cleared to begin workouts, after spending time on the COVID-19 list.

The Milwaukee Brewers rallied to edge the Minnesota Twins 6-5 in 10 innings yesterday. Travis Shaw’s two-run double was the big blow as the Crew scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to force the extra frame. After Josh Hader held the Twins off in the top of the 10th, Lorenzo Cain raced in from third base on an infield bouncer in the bottom of the inning with the winning run.

The Brewers also have today off, and entertain the Twins again tomorrow. Corbin Burnes will start against Jose Berrios.

The game between the Mets and Nationals was called off because of COVID-19 issues. Officials said three Washington players have confirmed cases, and another is probable.

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