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Tech Hockey Drops Second Straight – Saturday Sports Wrap

High School

In high school hockey last night…
• Hancock outskated Escanaba 5-1. After a scoreless first period, Austin Salani lit the lamp for the Bulldogs just 33 seconds into the second stanza. Mason Mikesch scored the eventual game winner several minutes later. After the Eskymoes cut the advantage to one, Mikesch’s second and third goals of the evening stretched out the lead, and Salani’s second of the night sealed the win in the closing minutes. Isaac Pietila made 17 saves to earn the win in net.

On the hockey schedule today…
• Calumet hosts Rochester in a 9:30 am game.
• Hancock hosts Rochester in a 3:00 afternoon contest. Coverage will begin at 2:40 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
• Calumet entertains Escanaba this evening at 7:00. Coverage will begin at 6:40 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
• Jeffers skates at Marquette.

In girls basketball last evening…
• The Dollar Bay-Tamarack City game against Wakefield-Marenisco was postponed because the Blue Bolts are in COVID-19 protocol.

In boys play last night…
• Houghton fell at Bessemer 53-19.
• Hancock stumbled against Iron Mountain 67-31.
• Calumet lost to Gwinn 63-41.
• Dollar Bay-Tamarack City defeated Wakefield-Marenisco 62-55. The Blue Bolts remain unbeaten.

In girls action today…
• Chassell plays at Hancock at 2:30.

In a girls-boys doubleheader this afternoon…
• Baraga plays at Ontonagon.

In high school swimming today…
• Houghton hosts Sault Ste. Marie.

College Hockey

The Michigan Tech hockey team fell 4-1 to Bemidji State University last night. The Huskies peppered Beavers goalie Zach Driscoll with 48 shots, but Tristan Ashbrook’s shot from in front of the net in the second period was the only one to get past him. That tied the game, but Bemidji closed it out with three goals in the third period. Blake Pietila made 20 saves for the Huskies. Those teams play again tonight in Houghton.

The Northern Michigan University hockey squad hosts Bowling Green tonight and tomorrow.

The Finlandia men’s hockey team lost 12-4 at Saint Scholastica last night. The Saints scored the first three goals of the contest, before Phil Schader put the Lions on the board late in the first period. Tyler Perkins,and Blake Gutterman netted back-to-back scores in the second period, and Schader picked up his second of the game early in the third. Those teams will play again this evening in Hancock. Coverage begins at 6:40 on 99.3 the Lift and 993TheLift.com. 

College Basketball

The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team lost 70-62 to Grand Valley State University yesterday afternoon. The Huskies led by three at halftime, but went cold in the second half. Owen White scored 20 for Tech, and Trent Bell grabbed 10 rebounds. The men play again this morning at 11:00. The women face GVSU in Allendale today and tomorrow.

The Northern Michigan University women’s hoops team lost at Davenport University 56-50 yesterday. Makaylee Kuhn led the Wildcats with 24 points. The women play again this afternoon in Grand Rapids. The Northern men host Davenport today and tomorrow. 

Both Finlandia basketball teams play at North Central University in Minnesota today.

College Volleyball

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball schedule begins this weekend. Michigan Tech will host Lake Superior State today at 3:00, and tomorrow at 1:00.

College Football

The Finlandia University football team has added a new recruit. Charlie Ramirez is a linebacker from Petoskey.


The Florida Panthers scored four times in the first period, and blasted the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 last night. Bobby Ryan and Valterri Filppula scored for Detroit. Thomas Greiss was pulled from goal after the first period, and replaced by Jonathan Bernier.

The Wings host the Panthers again this evening.


The Detroit Pistons suffered a sloppy 109-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies last evening. Jerami Grant led Detroit with 16 points, and Mason Plumlee grabbed 15 rebounds.

The Pistons visit the Orlando Magic tomorrow. Coverage begins at 6:35 on 99.3 The Lift.

Delon Wright limped out of last night’s contest late in the game. The team called it a a right groin strain, and he’ll be evaluated today. Sekou Doumbouya returned to the lineup last night, after missing two games because of concussion protocol.


The Detroit Tigers continue to collect starting pitching candidates. Reports say the Tigers have signed right-hander Julio Teheran to a minor-league deal. Teheran is a two-time all-star, but struggled with the Los Angeles Angels last season.

After signing former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta to a minor-league deal Thursday, there are also report that Detroit might be interested in bringing back Rick Porcello, who won a Cy Young Award for the Boston Red Sox in 2016, but struggled with the New York Mets last season.

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