MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: U women's hockey team wins 50th straight game
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The University of Minnesota women's hockey team won its 50th straight game 3-1 over Colgate to open the 2013-14 women's college hockey season.
Colgate led 1-0 but the Golden Gophers tied the score on Hannah Brandt's goal in the first period. Minnesota's Rachel Bonna tallied two goals in the third period. Both Brandt and Bonna had assists and Gopher goalie Amanda Leveille had 21 assists. The two teams will face-off again Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Minnesota Lynx will meet the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA Finals for the second time in three years, starting on Sunday. These two teams clashed in the 2011 championship round. The Lynx, who are playing in their third straight Finals, swept the Dream two years ago, and the Finals have been a nightmare for the Dream. Atlanta made it to the championship round for the third time in four years. In 2010, the Dream fell to the Seattle Storm, also in three games. In both Finals losses, Atlanta watched the opposition celebrate on its home floor. That definitely won't be an issue in 2013. Game 3, and Game 4, if necessary, will be staged at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Georgia. The Dream's regular home building, Philips Arena, will be hosting Disney on Ice. The two squads split their two regular-season meetings with each team defending its home floor. Both wins were double-figure margins.The Lynx finished with the best record in the WNBA at 26-8, which was strengthened by a 15-2 home mark. Minnesota had three players earn MVP votes in Maya Moore, who finished second to Candace Parker, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus. Minnesota, which lost to the Indiana Fever in last season's Finals, swept both the Storm and Phoenix Mercury to reach the Finals. The Dream finished tied with Washington for second in the Eastern Conference during the regular season with a 17-17 record. Atlanta was 13-4 at home and 4-13 on the road. Angel McCoughtry is the Dream's leading scorer and came in fifth in MVP voting. Erika de Souza, Atlanta's center, injured her ankle in Sunday's win against the Fever, but finished the game.The Dream toppled the Washington Mystics in the first round, before knocking over the defending champs. The Finals begin Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET in Minnesota. Game 2 will be Tuesday, also at the Target Center, before the teams head south for Game 3 in Georgia.
Fresh off their first loss of the season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will try to make amends as they take on the 19th- ranked Michigan Wolverines in Big Ten Conference action on the road this Saturday. Coach Jerry Kill's Gophers dropped a 23-7 decision at home to Big Ten rival Iowa last weekend, putting an end to the team's four-game, season-opening win streak. Minnesota averaged 41.8 ppg in its four victories, but managed just seven points against an Iowa team that has played well on defense this year, yielding single-digit point totals in its last two games. Kill took responsibility for the loss, "We were beaten soundly today. We can grow from this by sticking together and getting better one day at a time. We have to take a look at the film and do a better job of coaching. I take responsibility for our lack of successful coaching." He continued, "We've got a young team, so we have to continue to move forward and correct mistakes now. If we acknowledge mistakes now, then we can move forward." The undefeated Wolverines were idle last weekend, giving head coach Brady Hoke some extra time to game plan for their conference opener against the Golden Gophers. Michigan has topped the likes of Central Michigan, Notre Dame, Akron and Connecticut, three of which took place at home. The last two games have been much closer than many would have thought, with the Maize and Blue besting the Zips and Huskies by a combined seven points.