MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Suter's hat trick leads Wild to second-straight win
ST. PAUL - (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Suter notched the first hat trick of his career and first ever for a Minnesota defenseman as the Wild took a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.
Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter scored the other goals for the Wild, who have won their past two. Niklas Backstrom allowed three goals on 27 shots. Mike Green scored twice while Marcus Johansson also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who tied their season-high with a fourth straight loss. Braden Holtby allowed all five goals on just 11 shots in the loss. The Capitals led 2-0 after the first period before the Wild scored four goals in the second period.
Kevin Durant highlighted his 48-point night by hitting the go-ahead jumper with 4.0 seconds left that lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 115-111 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.With the game tied at 111-111, Durant dribbled off a screen and knocked through an 18-footer with the Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham in his face, with the basket enabling the Thunder to overcome a 13-point deficit with under 11 minutes left. Minnesota had a chance for the win when Kevin Love was fouled by Kendrick Perkins on a 3-point attempt with 2.2 seconds remaining, but missed the first two foul shots before an intentional miss failed to hit the rim. Durant poured in a remarkable 23 points in the final period to nearly single- handedly lead Oklahoma City back in its eighth consecutive triumph on the road. The Thunder entered Saturday's matchup off back-to-back home defeats to Portland and Brooklyn. Love finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic amassed 31 points and 11 boards for Minnesota. Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer had 17 and 15 points, respectively, in the loss.
The University of Minnesota men's hockey team finished third in the Mariucci Classic after beateing RPI 6-2 Saturday evening at Mariucci Arena. After an even 1-1 first period the No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers scored three goals in the second period and two goals in the third. Kyle Rau scored twice for the Gophers, Travis Boyd scored a goal and had two assists and Ben Marshal had two assists. Winning goalie Adam Wilcox made just 18 saves as the U outshot RPI 44-20.