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Hockey Wins for MTU, Houghton, Hancock, Wolverines – Sunday Sports Wrap

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In high school hockey Saturday…
– Hancock gave Traverse City Central the first tally of the game, then scored seven unanswered goals to defeat the Trojans 7-2. Five of those goals came in a seven minute scoring flurry, with two from Lance Kangas, two from Alex Nordstrom, and one from Coltan Salani. The final two scores were short-handed. Ted Randell was credited with four assists, as the Bulldogs put 42 shots on goal.
– Houghton scored twice in the third period to earn a 2-1 victory over Escanaba. Taavi Rajala and Casey Lentowich had goals for the Gremlins.
– Calumet fell to Cranbrook Kingswood 5-3.

Neville scores the game-winner - MTU image.
Neville scores the game-winner – MTU image.

The Michigan Tech hockey team earned a weekend split with Western Collegiate Hockey Association leader Bemidji State by defeating the Beavers 2-1 Saturday night. Michael Neville scored the game-winner in the third period, slapping a pass from Reid Sturos past BSU goalie Michael Bitzer, who made 32 saves in the loss. Angus Redmond stopped 17 shots to get the win for Tech.  Chris Liebinger had the Huskies’ other goal. MTU fell to 13th-ranked Bemidji 3-1 Friday night.

The MTU women’s basketball team couldn’t hold a 12-point first-half lead, and opened its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference season with a 68-65 loss to Walsh Saturday.  The Cavaliers outscored the Huskies 15-9 in the fourth quarter. A three-point shot by Morgan Anderson that would have tied the game in the closing seconds was blocked. Anderson led the Huskies with 25 points.

Monroe Drives - MTU Image.
Monroe drives – MTU image.

The Tech men’s team began its GLIAC campaign with a thrilling 92-89 win over Walsh. It was the Huskies’ first-ever victory over the Cavaliers. Kyle Monroe scorched the Walsh defense for a career-best 39 points. He and Bryan Heath each sank two clutch free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win.

The NMU hockey team salvaged a split at Alaska-Anchorage with a 4-1 victory Saturday night. The Wildcats lost to the Seawolves 5-3 Friday night.

The Finlandia University men’s hockey team was swept by second-ranked Adrian over the weekend. The Lions fell 4-1 on Saturday. Alec Rounds kept the Finns in the game with 36 saves in goal.  Finlandia dropped a 10-1 decision to Adrian Friday night.

The Finlandia women’s hockey team was also swept over the weekend, losing 9-1 at eighth-ranked Lake Forest on Saturday, after dropping a 10-1 decision Friday afternoon. In the two games, the Lions were outshot 112-20.


The Finlandia women’s basketball team took a mid-game lead, then held on to defeat Crown College 71-63 Saturday. The Lions were up by 13 late in the third quarter. The Storm trimmed the gap to four with 1:20 to go, but free throws by Taylor Pertile and Kelsie Richards in the final minute closed out the victory. Brooke Turin led the Lions with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Lions fell to Minnesota-Morris 67-62 Friday night.


The Finlandia men’s team scored the first eight points of the game, but a late run by Crown College resulted in a tight 71-69 loss. Brandon Robinson led the Lions with 26 points. His three-point attempt to win the game at the buzzer misfired. On Friday, Finlandia lost 90-78 to Minnesota-Morris.

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Wayne Hyrkas had a hat trick, as the Calumet Wolverines completed a weekend sweep of the Eagle River Falcons with an 8-5 victory Saturday night. The Wolverines defeated the Falcons 6-3 Friday night. The Portage Lake Pioneers were off this weekend.


Jared Coreau was almost perfect in goal through two periods in his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night. His evening was ruined in the third period, when the Pittsburgh Penguins scored four times to claim a 5-3 victory. The Wings were up 3-1 heading into the final stanza, on goals by Henrik Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin. Coreau is with the Wings while Jimmy Howard recovers from an injury. Detroit visits the New York Islanders tonight.

The Wings restocked their injury-depleted roster by calling up center Tomas Nosek and defenseman Brian Lashoff from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday.

The Detroit Pistons  will host the Orlando Magic this evening.

Lions-Packers FeatureThe NFC North Division-leading Detroit Lions visit the New Orleans Saints for a 1:00 game this afternoon. Hear the broadcast on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY. Six Lions are listed as “questionable” for the game, including linebacker DeAndre Levy, although he is still not expected to make his season debut as he recovers from a knee injury. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead has also been ruled out. See the full injury report here.

The Green Bay Packers host the Houston Texans in a 1:00 game. Aaron Rodgers is still listed as “questionable” because of the hamstring injury he suffered last week, but is expected to play. See the full injury report here.

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