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Trenton Showcase: Gremlins Win, but Kings and ‘Dogs Fall – Sunday Sports Wrap

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At the MIHL Trenton Showcase yesterday…
– Calumet lost to Warren de la Salle 3-2 in a shootout. Sam Erkkila and Dean Loukus each scored power play goals for the Copper Kings. De la Salle found the net on their first two shootout attempts to claim the win. Alex Studebaker made 21 saves in net for Calumet.
– Hancock fell to Brighton 3-2. Austin Salani scored both Bulldogs goals, one in the first period, and one in the second. Brighton’s Tim Erkkila netted the game-winner late in the third period. Dawson Kero made 34 saves, as Hancock was outshot 37-13.
– Houghton defeated Dearborn Divine Child 6-3. The Gremlins scored twice in each period. Dawson McKay had two goals. Niko Rajala, Taavi Rajala, P.J. Donnelly and Clayton Sayen had one each, and Donnelly had two assists. Jimmy Pietila made 19 saves to get the win.

Results from Saturday’s Wisigan Classic games between L’Anse and Tomahawk, and Jeffers and Negaunee, were not reported.

In high school girls basketball yesterday, L’Anse shut down Ontonagon 59-29 in a game that was rescheduled from January 22nd.

The Finlandia University men’s hockey team fell to St. Scholastica 3-2 in overtime last night. After spotting the Saints an early goal, Danny Hill tied the game late in the first period, and Matt Benolkin put the Lions up 2-1 in the second. A late third-period tally by the Saints forced the extra period, and Scholastica scored the game-winner with 14 seconds left in the overtime. Marcus Gloss was busy in net, making 41 saves for FinnU.

The Finlandia women’s hockey team couldn’t climb out of an early hole, and lost to St. Scholastica 5-2 yesterday. After falling behind 3-0, the Lions got goals from Rebecca Lilly and Sierra Meiners, but couldn’t get back into the game. Sarah Gundry had 38 saves.

The Finlandia men’s basketball team dropped a 96-76 decision to Bay College yesterday, in a game that was delayed, and then moved to the Michigan Tech SDC because of technical problems at the Paavo Nurmi Center. The game was close until the final minutes, when the Norse pulled away with an 18-3 run to finish the contest. Geoff Smart and Myles Ellington each had 16 points for the Lions, and Brandon Robinette added 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Michigan Tech hockey team regrouped after a lopsided loss Friday, and blanked 14th-ranked Bowling Green 4-0 last night. Jake Lucchini had two goals and an assist for the Huskies. Gavin Gould and Mark Auk also scored. Robbie Beydoun earned his second career shutout with 26 saves.

The NMU hockey team edged Alabama-Huntsville 4-3 yesterday afternoon. It was the seventh-straight win for the Wildcats, who clinched home ice advantage in the upcoming Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs, and continue to hold a narrow lead over Minnesota State in the regular-season standings. NMU skates at Alabama-Huntsville again this afternoon.

The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team routed Purdue Northwest 64-38 yesterday. The 17th-ranked Huskies opened the game with a 12-1 run, and held the Pride to just 11 points in the first half. Brenna Heise scored 23 for Tech.

The MTU men’s team used a strong second half to overpower Purdue Northwest 72-46 yesterday. The game was tied 23-23 at halftime, but the Huskies offense came alive in the second half. Kyle Monroe led Tech with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Dawson Bilski added a career-best 18. Bryan Heath scored 17, and passed the 1,000 point mark for his career.

The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team scored just 10 points in the second half, and lost to Grand Valley State 52-38 yesterday afternoon. The Wildcats men’s team rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit, and defeated the Lakers 85-75.

The Calumet Wolverines fell 7-5 to the Fond du Lac Bears last night. It was the first home loss of the season for the Wolverines.

Ish Smith scored 25 points, as the Detroit Pistons got past the Miami Heat 111-107 last night. Andre Drummond added 22 points and 20 rebounds. The Pistons host the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow night. Tipoff is at 7:00 on 99.3 the Lift.

Jonathan Huberdeau’s goal with nine seconds remaining in the game lifted the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings last evening. Danny DeKeyser scored both Detroit goals. Petr Mrazek stopped 30 shots, and took the loss. The Wings entertain the Boston Bruins Tuesday. Pregame coverage begins at 7:10 on 99.3 The Lift.

The New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII tonight. Kickoff is at 6:30 on 99.3 The Lift.

Legendary Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer has finally been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kramer spent 11 seasons with the Pack, and was a member of five NFL championship and two Super Bowl teams. He was named by the Seniors Committee, along with longtime Houston Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile and NFL executive Bobby Beathard. Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher will be this year’s modern-era enshrinees.

Our high school basketball coverage will continue Wednesday night, when the unbeaten Dollar Bay-Tamarack City and Ewen-Trout Creek boys teams meet at the SDC. Broadcast coverage will begin around 7:00 on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

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