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Hancock Hockey Blanks Marquette; Houghton and Calumet Tie – Wednesday Sports Wrap

High School Hockey

In high school hockey last night…
• Houghton and Calumet skated to a 3-3 tie. Ryan Vlahos, Camden Markham and Nathan Erva scored for the Gremlins. Jackson Rilei, Dean Loukus and Carson Kariniemi found the net for the Copper Kings. Jimmy Pietila made 30 saves for Houghton, and Aksel Loukus stopped 36 shots for Calumet.
• Hancock blanked Marquette 2-0. Austin Salani had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs, and Brandon Lavigne scored. Brandon Pietila stopped all 19 shots he faced to earn the shutout.
• Jeffers shut out Negaunee 2-0.

In girls high school basketball last night…
• Calumet shut down Ishpeming 68-32. Elli Djerf scored 23 for the Copper Kings.
• Lake Linden-Hubbell got past Bessemer 50-46. Kaci Destrampe paced the Lakes with 15 points.
• Ontonagon smothered Dollar Bay-Tamarack City 71-24.
• Ewen-Trout Creek overpowered Jeffers 69-34.
• Baraga fell to Ironwood 62-37.

In boys action last night…
• Marquette dominated Houghton 72-26.
• Lake Linden-Hubbell fell to Bessemer 67-41. Marcus Sutherland led the Lakes with 14 points.
• Dollar Bay-Tamarack City outscored Ontonagon 79-52.
• Jeffers downed Ewen-Trout Creek 65-53. Christian Hocking had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Jets, and John Schutz added 18 points. Eric Abramson led the Panthers with 15 points.

On the boys schedule tonight, the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City boys play at Hancock. The pregame show will start around 7:00 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

In high school swimming yesterday…
• The Houghton boys team defeated Kingsford 99-54, while the girls team swam to an 84-84 tie with the Flivvers. On the girls side, Leah Komarzec won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Boys winners included Davin Evans in the 200 individual medley, Conner Holombo in the 200 freestyle, Ty Haataja in the 100 butterfly, and Archer Olson in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke. See full results here. Note that there is one error – in the girls 100 freestyle, Elisa Erva finished fifth, not first.

College Hockey

The 18th-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team fell to 20th-rated Lake Superior State University 3-1 last night. The Lakers built a 2-0 early advantage. Trenton Bliss got one back for the Huskies midway through the second period. A shot by Tristan Ashbrook with two minutes remaining appeared to have tied the game, but the officials reviewing the play called an offsides penalty, and disallowed it. LSSU sealed the win with a late empty-netter.

The Northern Michigan University hockey team lost 3-1 to Alabama-Huntsville last evening. The Chargers forgot to pack their jerseys for the trip to Marquette, and skated wearing borrowed jerseys sponsored by a local car dealership. Those teams play again tonight.

College Basketball

The 19th-ranked Michigan Tech women’s basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter, and earned a 63-49 victory over Northern Michigan University last night. Jordan Ludescher scored 21 for the Huskies.

The Tech men’s team shut down Northern 73-51. The Huskies led by 29 points at halftime. Owen White scored 22.

The Finlandia University men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a cold start, and lost 101-66 at Lakeland College last night. The Lions were outscored by 34 points in the first half. Dylan Underwood led FinnU with 13.


The Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. Coverage begins at 7:15 on 99.3 The Lift.


The Detroit Pistons’ game against San Antonio last night was canceled, after COVID-19 protocol left the Spurs with too few players to take the court.

The Pistons were supposed to play at Dallas tonight, but that game has been called off because of the winter storm that has shut down much of Texas. Instead, the Pistons will fly to Chicago, and play the Bulls tonight.

Blake Griffin and the Pistons have agreed to work out a separation. Detroit’s youth movement has left Griffin on the bench, and he would like to join a contending team. Griffin has two years remaining on a big contract. If the team can’t find a trade partner, they may need to buy him out.


Pitchers and catchers report to spring training at the Detroit Tigers camp in Lakeland, Florida, today. Milwaukee Brewers pitchers and catchers report to their facility in Maryvale, Arizona, tomorrow.

There are reports that the Brewers have agreed to a one-year deal to bring back pitcher Brett Anderson. They have also reportedly signed third baseman Travis Shaw to a minor league deal. Shaw had a couple of good seasons for Milwaukee several years ago, but his production fell off in 2019, and he spent last year with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Our high school hockey coverage continues tomorrow, when Calumet entertains Kingsford. The pregame show will start at 5:40 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

Our Finlandia University broadcasts continue Saturday, when the Lions men’s hockey team entertains Saint Scholastica. Coverage will start at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift and 993TheLift.com.

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