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Jeffers lost to Sault Ste. Marie 6-1 in the opening game of the Soo Elks Tournament Friday night. The Jets bounced back to edge Big Rapids 5-4 Saturday afternoon.
In high school football tournament action for Upper Peninsula teams this weekend…
– In eight-man play, Cedarville lost to Lawrence 56-12 in the state title game.
– In the Division Eight semifinals, Munising edged perennial contender Beal City 10-7 Friday night at the Superior Dome. The Mustangs will play for the state title Friday morning against Muskegon Catholic Central.
– In Division Seven, Ishpeming got past Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 22-18 Saturday afternoon. The Hematites will face Detroit Loyola in the title game Saturday morning at 10:00.
– In Division Five, Menominee’s season ended with a 42-24 loss Grand Rapids West Catholic.
MTU Hockey Falls Twice
Michigan Tech’s 10-game winning streak ended Friday night with a 2-1 loss to ninth-ranked Minnesota State. The top-ranked Huskies then fell to the Mavericks again 3-2 on Saturday. Tech opened a 1-0 lead with an Alex Petan goal early in the second period of Saturday’s game, but MSU scored three consecutive goals to take the lead. Malcolm Gould scored on a power play late in the game to narrow the gap, but the Huskies wound up playing much of the remaining time short-handed, and couldn’t pull even. See video highlights of Friday’s game here, and Saturday’s game here.
The Michigan Tech football team took an early lead over Angelo State in the first-ever NCAA playoff game at Sherman Field. The Huskies couldn’t hold on, though, and lost to the Rams 42-41. Tech led 21-0 early in the second quarter, when Charlie Leffingwell scored his second touchdown of the game. Leffingwell finished his Huskies’ career with a personal-best 236 yards rushing. Tech led 35-21 after three quarters, but Angelo scored three times in the fourth quarter to take the game. Tech had several chances to win, or tie. Kicker Garrett Mead missed an extra point after the Huskies’ final touchdown. Tyler Scarlett threw a fourth-down interception with two minutes remaining that ended a potential scoring drive. Tech got the ball back one final time, and drove to the Rams’ 16 yard line to set up a game-winning field goal attempt with six seconds remaining. Mead, who won two games with closing-seconds kicks early in the season, booted this one slightly wide to the right. The Huskies close their season with a record of 9-2.
The Tech women’s basketball team got off to an early lead, and were never headed, on the way to a 65-54 victory over 10th-ranked Concordia-St. Paul Friday evening. The Huskies’ defense held the Golden Bears to just 21 points in the second half. Danielle Blake led Tech with 23 points and nine rebounds. Jillian Ritchie added 11 points and 13 boards.
The Tech men’s hoops team opened its season with a 60-58 victory at Minnesota-Duluth Saturday afternoon. Tech trailed by five at halftime. The game was tied at 48 with nine minutes to go, when Luke Heller hit a couple of jump shots that put the Huskies ahead for good. The victory wasn’t secure until the Bulldogs missed a final three-point attempt with one second remaining. Ben Stelzer led Tech with 28 points.
The MTU men’s cross country team ended its season by finishing eighth of 34 teams in their NCAA regional meet Saturday. Huskies’ sophomore Sean Pengelly placed 13th overall, and earned berth in the nationals. The Tech women’s team finished 18th of 35 teams.
NMU Hockey Splits at Alaska
The Northern Michigan University hockey team edged Alaska-Anchorage 1-0 Friday night. Freshman Robbie Payne scored the game’s only goal. The Huskies lost to the Seawolves 4-0 Saturday.
The Wildcats women’s basketball team hosts Concordia-St. Paul this afternoon at 2:00.
The Finlandia men’s hockey team lost at Wisconsin-Stout 4-1 Friday night. The Lions took an early lead on Tim Santopoalo’s unassisted goal late in the first period, but the Blue Devils tied it in the second period, and wrapped up their first victory of the season with three goals in the final stanza. Andrew Brownlee made 33 saves, as Finlandia was outshot 37-25. The Lions fell at Wisconsin-Superior 4-1 Saturday night. The Yellowjackets scored all four of their goals in the second period. Thomas Malkmus broke the shutout by scoring Finlandia’s only goal late in the third period.
The Finlandia women’s hockey team lost at Concordia-Wisconsin 4-0 Saturday night. The Falcons scored all of their goals in the second period.
The Finlandia men’s basketball team lost to Luther College 84-73 in their opening game at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh tournament Friday night. The Lions led by two points at halftime, but scored just 21 in the second half. Eric Lori and Brandon Robinette led Finlandia with 18 points apiece. Robinette grabbed 10 rebounds. The Lions defeated Blackburn College 84-80 in the consolation game on Saturday. Stats have not been provided.
The Finlandia women’s basketball team lost 70-58 to the University of Northwestern in the opening game of the Northwestern Tip-Off Friday night. The Lions got off to a cold start, scoring just 22 in the first half, and trailing by 19 at halftime.Marissa Burke paced Finlandia with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Brierra Ruska-Pasanen and Julia Daavitila each scored 10. The Lions defeated North Central 78-63 Saturday. Burke again led the Lions with 22 points.
NHL – Red Wings Fall at Toronto
The Detroit Red Wings lost 4-1 at Toronto Saturday night. The Wings host the Senators Monday night.
NBA – Pistons
The Detroit Pistons play at Milwaukee Tuesday night. Tip-off is at 8:00 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY.
In NFL action today, the Lions visit the Patriots. Kickoff is at 1:00 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY.
The Packers play at Minnesota – that’s also a 1:00 kickoff.
Because of the heavy snow in Buffalo, Monday night’s Bills game against the Jets has been moved to Ford Field in Detroit. Tickets for local fans will be free.
Our high school hockey coverage continues Tuesday, when Jeffers skates at L’Anse. Our pregame show begins at 6:40. Hear the Copper Country’s most complete hockey and basketball coverage this winter on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.