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Wings Blanked in Opener – Friday Sports Wrap

High School

The high school basketball season will stretch into April this year.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association released its revised schedules for basketball and hockey yesterday. Both reflect the delay caused by the state’s Epidemic Order.

Non-contact practices for hockey and basketball can begin tomorrow. If the Epidemic Order is not extended further, contact practices for both sports may start February 1st. Hockey games can also begin February 1st, with the first basketball contests February 4th.

The hockey tournament will begin with regionals the week of March 15th. Semifinals will be held March 25th and 26th, with the championships March 27th.

Both the boys and girls basketball tournaments will open with districts the week of March 22nd – girls on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and boys on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The finals will be held April 9th and 10th.

College Hockey

There will be no Michigan Tech hockey again this weekend. Because of COVID-19 issues with the Huskies, their games at Ferris State University have been rescheduled for February 2nd and February 9th.

The Northern Michigan University hockey team plays at Bowling Green tonight and tomorrow night.

College Basketball

The Michigan Tech basketball teams face Northwood University tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The women are at home, and the men play in Midland.

The Northern Michigan University basketball teams take on Saginaw Valley State University. The women will host, and the men are on the road.

NBA

The Detroit Pistons’ game against Washington tonight has been postponed because of COVID-19 positives with the Wizards. The Pistons are scheduled to visit the Miami Heat tomorrow evening.

NHL

The Detroit Red Wings opened their season last night with a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Thomas Greiss stopped 40 shots for Detroit, giving up two goals. Carolina’s third score was a late empty-netter. The Wings managed only 14 shots against Petr Mrazek.

The Wings host the Hurricanes again tomorrow evening. Because of NFL football, coverage will start at 6:45 on KBear 102.3.

NHL

The NFL Divisional playoff games will be held this weekend…
• Tomorrow, the Green Bay Packers host the Los Angeles Rams in a 4:35 contest, and the Baltimore Ravens visit the Buffalo Bills at 8:15.
• On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs entertain the Cleveland Browns at 3:05, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the New Orleans Saints at 6:40.

Hear all the games on 99.3 The Lift.

The Detroit Lions have their new general manager. Brad Holmes comes from the Los Angeles Rams, where he has been their director of college scouting. Holmes is 41 years old, and will receive a five-year contract. He is the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mel Holmes, and played college football at North Carolina A and T.

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