MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wild give up two goals late in third period, lose to Stars
DALLAS - Erik Cole scored the winner with 4:49 to play as the Dallas Stars took a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in a thriller from American Airlines Center.
Tyler Seguin tied the game earlier in the third period and added two assists, while Alex Chiasson and Jamie Benn also scored for the Stars, who have won three of four. Kari Lehtonen started the game in net for the Stars, but left at 6:37 of the third period after being injured when he was slammed into by the Wild's Erik Haula. Tim Thomas, acquired by Dallas from Florida at the trade deadline, came in relief and stopped all six shots he faced to win his debut with the team. Haula, Charlie Coyle and Kyle Brodziak all scored for the Wild, who had a five-game winning streak stopped. Darcy Kuemper gave up all four goals on 38 shots. The Wild are back at home to take on St. Louis this evening.
Kenny Wilson stroked a game-winning triple in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in spring training action on Saturday.Twins left fielder Jermaine Mitchell tied the game with an RBI single in the top of the ninth, but Erik Kratz opened the home half with a single to shortstop and Wilson followed with a triple to center to plate the deciding run. Jose Bautista belted a solo homer and Adam Lind added a pair of doubles and an RBI for the Jays, who saw starter Drew Hutchison strike out five while giving up two runs on two hits and a walk over three frames. Byron Buxton clubbed a two-run homer for the Twins, who got three scoreless innings of one-hit, one-walk ball from starter Phil Hughes.
The University of Minnesota women's hockey team won the WCHA Tournament title over North Dakota Saturday evening by a 3-1 score at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. Rachael Ramsey and Hannah Brandt scored two goals in the second on power plays to put the U in front of UND 2-1 and Dani Cameranesi added an empty net goal for the No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers in the third period. Amanda Leveille made 20 saves for the Gophers as they outshot North Dakota 41-21. Minnesota is 36-1-1 overall.
The University of Minnesota men's hockey team tied Ohio State 2-2 Saturday evening in Columbus but lost in the shoot-out 1-0. The No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers led 2-1 in the third off goals from Kyle Rau and Gabe Guertler but OSU's Nick Shillkey tied the score with a goal at the 16:10 mark of the third period. Ohio State outshot Minnesota 43-32 and Adam Wilcox had to make 41 saves for the U. Minnesota, 24-4-6 overall and 13-2-3 in the Big Ten, still needs one more win to clinch the conference title but will have to do so at Michigan next weekend.