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Tech Volleyball Falls in Title Match – Sunday Sports Wrap

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Finlandia
Both Finlandia University hockey teams earned ties yesterday.

The women’s squad fell behind early against St. Norbert in what turned out to be a see-saw battle. The Lions came back to take the lead, with two Sierra Meiners goals.  The Green Knights tied it. Finlandia reclaimed the lead with a Hannah Tormanen goal, only to see St. Norbert score twice to surge ahead. With about five minutes remaining, Tormanen’s second goal of the afternoon forced overtime. After a scoreless extra period, the game ended tied 4-4. Annah Smiddy made 47 saves. Former Keweenaw Storm skater Lexi Pyykkonen scored twice for St. Norbert, and Jessica Schlaff added a goal and an assist.

The men’s team skated to a 2-2 tie with Trine University. After spotting the Thunder an early goal, the Lions took the lead with scores by former Hancock Bulldog Danny Hill and Michael Chuinard. Trine tied the game midway through the third period. Former Houghton Gremlin Marcus Gloss stopped 21 shots.

MTU
The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team completed a sweep of its games in the GMAC/GLIAC Challenge with an 81-67 victory over the host Ursuline Arrows in Pepper Pike, Ohio yesterday. Tech held a slim two-point lead at halftime, but gradually opened up the margin through the third quarter. Kelly Guy led the Huskies with 25 points, and Lindsay Winter grabbed a dozen rebounds.

The Tech men’s team opened its season with an 82-57 victory over Wisconsin-Parkside yesterday. The Huskies scored the first 10 points of the game, held off a surge by the Rangers late in the first half, and dominated the second half. Dillon Gordon paced Tech with 20 points. Kyle Monroe collected nine rebounds. MTU continues play at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge today with a 4:00 game against Lewis University at the SDC.

The Tech volleyball team fell short in its quest for a regular-season Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association title yesterday, dropping a tight match to Ferris State 3-1 (25-12, 19-25, 24-26, 25-27). MacAulay Petersen had 17 kills, and Elle Heinonen recorded 23 digs. The Huskies wind up with the third seed in the GLIAC tournament, and will host sixth-seed Tiffin Wednesday at 6:00.

The MTU hockey team settled for a split in its weekend series against 20th-ranked Northern Michigan University, after a 4-0 loss in Marquette last night. Tech goaltender Patrick Munson gave up three goals on 15 shots before he was replaced by Devin Kero midway through the second period. Kero stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced.

The Huskies football team closed its season with a 49-7 loss to Ferris State yesterday. After spotting the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead, the Huskies tied the game late in the first quarter on a Garrett Young quarterback sneak. FSU dominated the contest after that, holding MTU to just 145 yards of total offense. The Huskies conclude their campaign with a record of 4-7.

NMU
The Northern Michigan University football team wrapped up its season with a 24-21 loss to Northwood yesterday. The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the lead. The Timberwolves scored the winning touchdown with a 12-yard pass on a fourth down play with less than a minute remaining.

The NMU women’s basketball team finishes play at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge today against Lewis University.

The Northern men’s basketball team pulled out a dramatic 79-78 win over Lewis University in their opening game at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in Houghton yesterday. Will Carius’ three-point shot at the buzzer was the game-winner. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin-Parkside this afternoon at 2:00 at the SDC.

GLHL
The Portage Lake Pioneers fell to the Fond du Lac Bears 7-3 last night. Goals by Cody Sivonen and Jonathan Bostwick gave the Pioneers an early lead, but Bears took command with three goals in the second period, and four more in the third. Trevor Plowe scored Portage Lake’s final goal early in the third stanza. Trevor Lowney stopped 31 shots, and took the loss in goal.

NHL
The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in a shootout last night. Pregame begins at 6:40 on 99.3 The Lift. The Blue Jackets scored a little over a minute into the game, and nursed their 1-0 lead until Andreas Athanasiou tied it in the third period. Columbus’ Jack Johnson scored the eventual game-winner in the ninth round of the shootout. Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots, and took another tough loss in net. The Wings are off until Wednesday, when they host the Calgary Flames. Pregame coverage will begin at 7:10 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Wings played without Justin Abdelkader last night. Aldelkader suffered a broken cheekbone during a fight in Thursday’s loss at Calgary. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow.

NBA
The Detroit Pistons  host the Miami Heat this afternoon.

NFL
The Detroit Lions entertain the Cleveland Browns in a 1:00 game this afternoon. Hear the broadcast on 99.3 The Lift. The Green Bay Packers play the Bears in Chicago in a 1:00 game.

Our Finlandia University basketball coverage begins Saturday, when the Lions men’s team hosts Millikin University. The pregame show will begin at 12:40 on 99.3 The Lift, and 993TheLift.com.

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