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Nordstrom, Randell Shine as Hancock Takes Classic Lead – Saturday Sports Wrap

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High School
In high school hockey last night, Alex Nordstrom and Teddy Randell each scored four goals, as Hancock defeated Calumet 8-5 in the opening game of the Copper Island Classic. The Copper Kings took a brief early lead on a Brent Loukus goal, but the Bulldogs led 2-1 at the end of the first period, and were never challenged. Nordstrom and Randell each added two assists to log six-point games. Dawson Kero stopped 18 of 23 shots to get the win for Hancock. Loukus scored twice and had two assists for Calumet. Scott Loukus had a goal and two assists. Davin Lehto had a goal and an assist, and Sam Erkkila scored once. Nick Voelker allowed seven goals on 23 shots for the Copper Kings. Alex Studebaker gave up the other goal. The Classic will conclude tonight at 7:00 at the Colosseum. Tonight’s contest is a conference match. The John A. Derf trophy goes to the team that scores the most total points in the two games.

Finlandia
The Finlandia University women’s basketball lost 87-43 to Chapman University last night at the Purple and Gold Poet Classic in Whittier, California. The Panthers scored the first nine points of the game, and pulled away early. Molly Berg and Julia Nordstrom led the Lions with eight points each. Finlandia will face the host Whittier College Poets today.

The Finlandia men’s hockey team skates at Wisconsin-Eau Claire tonight and tomorrow afternoon.

MTU
The 10th-ranked Michigan Tech women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season yesterday, falling 95-82 to Augustana at the Concordia-St. Paul Classic. The Huskies couldn’t overcome a cold first quarter, in which they scored just 11 points. Brenna Heise paced the Huskies with a career-best 37 points and six rebounds. Tech will face the host Golden Bears today.

The MTU men’s basketball team will entertain Concordia-St. Paul this afternoon. Tip-off is at 4:00 at the SDC.

Jake Lucchni’s goal four minutes into overtime lifted the MTU hockey team to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory at Alaska-Anchorage last night. The Huskies fell into a 3-0 hole early, but goals by Alex Smith, Brent Baltus and Mark Auk tied the contest by the end of the second period. Mitch Reinke’s power play tally put Tech on top early in the third period, but the Seawolves scored with just under five minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. Patrick Munson stopped 39 shots to earn the win in net. The Huskies skate in Anchorage again tonight.

NMU
Isaiah Johnson’s tip-in with nine seconds remaining gave the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team a 71-69 victory over the College of Saint Rose in the first game of the Gary Miller Classic at Gannon University yesterday. The Wildcats will face the host Golden Knights in the championship game this evening.

The Wildcats women’s team opens the Bellarmine Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, against the host Knights this afternoon, and then plays Southern Indiana tomorrow afternoon.

The NMU hockey team fell 4-3 at Nebraska-Omaha last night. Those teams skate again tonight in Omaha.

NHL
The Detroit Red Wings lost to the New York Rangers 2-1 in overtime last night. Mats Zuccarello scored the game-winner off Jimmy Howard just 37 seconds into the extra period. Howard stopped 28 shots, and took the loss. Tomáš Tatar scored Detroit’s only goal.  The Wings entertain the New Jersey Devils tonight. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift.

NBA
The Detroit Pistons came from 11 points down to edge the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-98 last night. Reggie Jackson hit two big free throws with 34 seconds remaining to seal the win. Andre Drummond overcame a very quiet first half to lead Detroit with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Pistons will play at Boston Monday night.

NFL
The Green Bay Packers visit the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow night. Hear the broadcast on 99.3 The Lift.

Our high school hockey coverage continues Tuesday, when Jeffers entertains Negaunee. Our pregame show will start around 6:40 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

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