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Team Copper Country won its second straight Tier II national championship yesterday afternoon, with a dominating 5-1 victory over the Wonderland Wizards from Connecticut. After narrowly defeating the Wizards in a sudden-death shootout Saturday in pool competition, the Yoopers played much of yesterday’s contest in the Wonderland end of the rink, and outshot them 50-17. After a scoreless first period, Colton Salani found the net midway through the second stanza, and Dawson McKay added a shot in the closing seconds to give Team CC a 2-0 lead. The Wizards got one back early in the third period on a penalty shot, but Brent Loukus restored the lead a few seconds later. Teddy Randell and Brendan Erickson added insurance tallies. Sam Erkkila had two assists. Dawson Kero earned the win in net.
The Finlandia University softball team’s doubleheader at Maranatha Baptist University yesterday was canceled because of cold weather. The Lions are scheduled to play another doubleheader at Maranatha today.
The Michigan Tech hockey team is ranked 16th in the nation in the final USCHO.com national poll. It’s the fourth season in a row in which the Huskies have finished in the top-20.
The Detroit Tigers managed only two hits in a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians last night. Cleveland starter Corey Kluber struck out 13 over eight dominant innings. Detroit starter Francisco Liriano was almost as good. He gave up just three hits over six innings, but one was a two-run homer by Bradley Zimmer.
The Tigers will continue that series in Cleveland tonight. Matthew Boyd will start against Josh Tomlin. Pregame coverage begins at 5:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
Detroit reliever Buck Farmer left last night’s game after landing awkwardly after throwing a pitch. Farmer said a muscle in his lower back tightened up. He’s considered day-to-day.
Orlando Arcia drew a bases-loaded walk that forced home the winning run in the top of the 10th inning, as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Saint Louis Cardinals 5-4 last night. Milwaukee held a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Cardinals scored a run off substitute closer Matt Albers to force the extra inning. Albers remained in the game, and retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 10th to earn the win.
The Brewers face the Cardinals in Saint Louis again tonight. Brent Suter will pitch against Carlos Martinez.
Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain left last night’s game after a collision at first base. He reported soreness in his left quad, and is considered day-to-day.
The Detroit Pistons lost to the Toronto Raptors 108-98 last night. Detroit played without three starters – Andre Drummond joined the injured Blake Griffin and Reggie Bullock on the bench with an aching Achilles tendon. Luke Kennard led Detroit with 20 points. The Pistons will close their season tomorrow against the Bulls in Chicago.
Pistons owner Tom Gores spoke to the media after last night’s game. He admitted that changes need to be made to the team, after missing the playoffs. He did not say what those changes might entail, and if they would involve replacing coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy has one year remaining on his contract. Gores said he plans to meet with Van Gundy next week.
The Detroit Lions have confirmed their agreement with veteran free agent quarterback Matt Cassel. He’ll challenge Jake Rudock for the role as Matthew Stafford’s backup this season. The Lions also signed a contract with receiver T.J. Jones, who was one of their own restricted free agents.
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