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L’Esperance Scores Late as Huskies Sweep Alaska – Sunday Sports Wrap

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In high school hockey yesterday, Houghton defeated Bay Port 4-1.

Results from L’Anse’s games at the Merrill tournament were not reported.

The Finlandia University men’s hockey team gave up three goals in the first 17 minutes, and lost 6-1 at Northland College last night. Alex Rezansoff scored the Lions only goal. Matt Arnold stopped 33 shots, and suffered the loss in net.

The Finlandia women’s team earned its third win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Northland. Sierra Meiners gave the Lions a 1-0 lead just eight seconds into the second period. Hannah Tormanen scored the eventual game-winner early in the third period. Kait Ryynanen added a late insurance goal. Annah Smiddy stopped 42 shots in net. The Lions women’s team skates at Northland again this afternoon.

The Finlandia women’s basketball team led by eight after the first period, but wound up dropping a 69-47 decision at Silver Lake College yesterday. Julia Daavettila led the Lions with 15 points and nine rebounds. Molly Berg just missed a triple-double, with 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Finlandia men’s hoops team outscored Silver Lake 96-84 yesterday. Five Lions scored in double digits – Geoff Smart and Myles Ellington each had 19 points, Austin Carlson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Robinette had 16 points, and Rakeem Beal scored 11.

Joel L’Esperance’s goal with just over a minute remaining powered the Michigan Tech hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Alaska last night. The Nanooks built a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Huskies responded with scores by Seamus Donohue, Justin Misiak and Thomas Beretta to take the lead by the close of the second period. Alaska tied the game early in the third period. L’Esperance’s goal came on a redirect off a shot by Mark Auk, following a turnover created by Raymond Brice.

The Northern Michigan University hockey team retained the Cappo Cup with a 3-2 victory over Lake Superior State University last night. The Wildcats have won four games in a row, and continue to hold second place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

The Michigan Tech basketball teams did not play their scheduled games at Davenport University yesterday, because the Davenport campus has been closed by a norovirus outbreak. Those games will be made up Thursday, and will be played at Lake Superior State University. The Huskies’ scheduled games against Northern Michigan University next Saturday have been postponed to next Sunday.

The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team defeated Wayne State 83-74 yesterday. The Wildcats women’s team fell to the Warriors 64-50. NMU will make up Thursday’s missed games at Davenport tomorrow afternoon in Grand Rapids.

Cody Carlson scored the game-winner with four minutes remaining, as the Calumet Wolverines edged the Marquette Mutineers 7-6 last night.

The Portage Lake Pioneers fell to the West Bend Bombers 10-1 last evening. Wyatt Geshel scored the Pioneers’ only goal midway through the second period. Phil Mattila and Trevor Lowney split time in net.

The Detroit Pistons host the Brooklyn Nets this afternoon.

The Detroit Red Wings lost 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes last night. Tomáš Tatar scored Detroit’s only goal. Jimmy Howard made 27 saves in the loss. The Wings skate at New Jersey tomorrow night. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will play the New England Patriots in the AFC title game today at 3:05. The Minnesota Vikings take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship contest today at 6:40. Hear both games on 99.3 The Lift.

Our high school basketball coverage continues Wednesday, when the Hancock boys play at Dollar Bay-Tamarack City on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

Email sports news and game results to mornings@up.net.

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