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Morning Sports for April 4, 2014

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Keweenaw Storm LogoThe Keweenaw Storm girls’ hockey team improved to 2-0 at the National Championship tournament in Amherst, New York, yesterday by beating the Princeton Tiger Lillies 4-1. All of the Storm’s scoring came in the third period. Jessica Schlaff scored twice, and added an assist. She has three goals in the tournament. Madison Labyak had a goal and an assist… and Alexis Pyykkonen scored her second goal of the series. Keweenaw outshot Princeton 63-9. Pool play wraps up today. The Storm will face Team Wyoming this afternoon at 4:25. Once today’s games are completed, the teams will be seeded for tournament play, beginning tomorrow.

Portage Lake Pioneers LogoCalumet Wolverines LogoThe G-L-H-L tournament opens today at Fond du Lac. The nine teams in the league have been split into groups of three. The winner of each group… plus one wild card team… will advance to the semifinals. The Portage Lake Pioneers open against the De Pere Deacons at noon today. The Calumet Wolverines face De Pere tonight… and the Pioneers and Wolverines will face each other tomorrow.

Red Wings LogoIn the N-H-L… the Red Wings host the Sabres tonight. Pavel Datsyuk should be in the lineup… after missing more than half of the season with a knee injury. Faceoff is at 7:30 on AM 1400, WCCY.

New Jersey Devils HeadshotsFormer Calumet hockey standout Ben Johnson has signed a tryout contract with the Albany Devils. Johnson recently completed his season with the Windsor Spitfires. The Albany Devils are the New Jersey Devils’ top farm team. Johnson was drafted by New Jersey in 2012. Albany is fighting for a playoff spot in the American Hockey League. Team officials say it may take some time for him to learn their system, and see significant action. (NHL Photo)

Pheonix Copley - MTUMeanwhile, former Michigan Tech goalie Pheonix Copley saw his first professional action Wednesday night… taking over in the third period of the South Carolina Stingrays’ game against the Florida Everblades. Copley stopped 11 shots, as the Stingrays clinched a berth in the East Coast Hockey League playoffs with a 6-5 victory. (MTU Photo)

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In baseball yesterday… the Tigers and Royals were rained out. The game will be made up on June 19th. The Tigers host the Orioles this afternoon. There’s rain in the forecast for the Motor City this morning… but skies should begin clearing around game time. Anibal Sanchez will start against Miguel Gonzalez. Hear the first pitch at 1:08 on AM 1400, WCCY.

The Brewers had yesterday off, and will open an interleague series at Boston this afternoon.  Marco Estrada will pitch against Jake Peavy.

Finlandia LionsThe Finlandia softball team has a doubleheader scheduled at Adrian College this afternoon. The Lions play two at Calvin College in Grand Rapids tomorrow… and have a doubleheader at Albion College on Sunday.

The Finlandia baseball doubleheader at Dominican University in Illinois last night was rained out. The Lions are scheduled to play two at the Illinois Institute of Technology this afternoon… and two more tomorrow.

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In the N-B-A… the Pistons play at Brooklyn tonight.

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The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team plays at Lake Superior State tomorrow.

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In N-F-L news… the Packers have re-signed fullback John Kuhn to a one-year contract.

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