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Opening Night Hockey Wins for Gremlins, ‘Dogs and Jets – Saturday Sports Wrap

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On the opening night of the local high school hockey season…
• Houghton routed Escanaba 11-1, in a game that ended after two periods because of the mercy rule. Mikey Maillette led the Gremlins with four goals. Connor Raffaelli had two goals and two assists, Tanner Flachs two goals and one assist, Jace DeForge a goal and two assists, and Teegan Tapani and Jay Halonen each scored a goal. Bryant Lee got the win in net.
• Hancock edged Alpena 3-2.
• Jeffers defeated Cheboygan 4-2. Max Kangas, Trayton Helminen, Cody Turner and Brogan Turner scored for the Jets. Kasen Helminen earned the win in net.

• Houghton hosts Hartland. Coverage will begin at 6:40 on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.

• Hancock entertains Hartland at 2:00.

Forest Park lost a hard-fought 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 9-15) match to Leland in a division four state state volleyball tournament semifinal match yesterday. The Comets will face Clarkston Everest for the championship today.

In other state volleyball finals…
• In division three, Traverse City Saint Francis plays Kalamazoo Christian.
• In division two, Grand Rapids West Catholic takes on North Branch.
• In division one, Forest Hills meets Farmington Hills Mercy.

College Soccer

The second-seeded Northern Michigan women’s soccer team was upset by seventh-seed Maryville 2-1 in their opening game of the NCAA tournament yesterday. The Wildcats finish the season with 16 wins – tied for the most in school history. They were regular-season and tournament champions of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

College Volleyball

The GLIAC volleyball tournament wraps up this weekend at Grand Valley State. Fourth-seed Michigan Tech faces the top-seeded Lakers at 2:00 this afternoon. Second-seed Ferris State meets third-seed Parkside today at 4:30.

College Basketball

The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team entertains Missouri-Saint Louis today at 1:00.

The Tech women’s team will host Ashland tomorrow at 1:00.

The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team downed Southwest Minnesota State 74-53 yesterday. Makaylee Kuhn led the Wildcats with 21 points.

The NMU men’s team plays at Concordia-Saint Paul this afternoon.

College Hockey

The struggles continued for the Michigan Tech hockey team, with a 3-2 overtime loss to Ferris State last night. Arvid Caderoth and Matthew Campbell scored for the Huskies. Max Vayrynen made 23 saves, and took the loss in net. The Huskies outshot the Bulldogs 43-23. Those teams skate again tonight at 6:07 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The Northern hockey team defeated Alaska 3-1 last night, and hosts the Nanooks again this evening.


The Red Wings couldn’t hold an early advantage, and lost 3-2 to the Maple Leafs in Stockholm yesterday. Daniel Sprong and Lucas Raymond gave Detroit a 2-0 lead, but Toronto scored three times off Alex Lyon in the third period to claim the win.

The Wings return home to host the Devils Wednesday. Coverage will begin at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.


The Pistons dropped their 10th straight game last night, with a 108-100 NBA In-Season Tournament loss to the Cavaliers. Six Detroiters scored in double figures, led by Cade Cunningham with 20 points. Ausar Thompson, Kevin Knox II and Isaiah Stewart each snared 10 rebounds.

The Pistons visit the Raptors tomorrow afternoon.


The Lions entertain the Bears in a 1:00 game tomorrow on 99.3 The Lift.

The Packers welcome the Chargers in a 1:00 contest.


The Tigers have cut ties with pitcher Spencer Turnbull. Turnbull threw a no-hitter against the Mariners in 2021, but underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery shortly thereafter. He missed all of the 2022 season, and was unable to regain his form as he battled additional injuries last summer. He was eligible for arbitration, but the team did not extend an offer, making him a free agent.

Detroit also non-tendered outfielder Austin Meadows, who has missed most of the past two seasons with mental health issues.

The Brewers did not extend offers to pitcher Brandon Woodruff and first baseman Rowdy Tellez. Woodruff is expected to miss all of next season as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Tellez led the team in home runs in 2022, but struggled last summer. Reliever J.C. Mejía was also non-tendered – he’ll miss most of next season because of a performance-enhancing drug suspension.

As a potential replacement for Tellez, the Brewers obtained first baseman and outfielder Jake Bauers from the Yankees, in exchange for a pair of low-level prospects.

High School Sports Broadcasts

  • Tonight – Hockey – Hartland at Houghton – 6:40 pregame on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.
  • Tuesday – Hockey – Marquette at Houghton – 6:10 pregame on the Voice of the Gremlins, 97.7 The Wolf.

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