MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wild snap road losing streak
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Mikko Koivu scored the winner in the shootout as the Minnesota Wild edged the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1, on Saturday.
In the second round, Koivu flew in on net and lifted a backhander under the crossbar for the lead. Josh Harding then sealed the win with a glove save on Ryan O'Reilly. Nino Niederreiter scored in the third period, while Harding stopped 26 shots for the Wild, who had dropped three of four coming in. Maxime Talbot scored the only goal with Semyon Varlamov also stopping 26 shots for the Avalanche, who have dropped three of four.
Concordia-St. Paul claimed its record-setting seventh consecutive NCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship on Saturday night, defeating BYU-Hawaii 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-20) at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Concordia-St. Paul now has the longest streak of consecutive national championships at any level in volleyball. The record was shared with Washington (Mo.) at the Division III level between 1991 and 1996. The streak is also tied for the fourth-longest Division II championship streak in any women's sport. The seven total titles are more than any other Division II program. The win also improves Concordia's NCAA tournament win streak to 42 consecutive matches, as its all-time NCAA tournament record improves to 52-4 in 11 appearances. Concordia now holds a 7-1 record in national championship games.
Minnesota Vikings running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are both inactive for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Peterson left last week's game against the Baltimore Ravens with a sprained right foot. The star running back returned to the practice field Friday in a limited capacity and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game. In 13 games this season, Peterson has carried the ball 268 times for 1,221 yards and 10 touchdowns. Gerhart was also listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. With Minnesota's top two running backs sidelined, Matt Asiata will get the start. Cornerbacks Chris Cook (knee) and Xavier Rhodes (ankle), tight end John Carlson (concussion) and guard Brandon Fusco (knee) are also inactive.
The Minnesota Vikings activated safety Harrison Smith from short-term injured reserve Saturday and placed cornerback Josh Robinson on IR. Smith had 34 tackles and two interceptions in five games before he was placed on the injured reserve-designated for return list on Oct. 18. Robinson had 48 tackles in 10 games before he suffered a fractured sternum in Minnesota's loss to the Seahawks on Nov. 17. The Vikings waived tackle Mike Remmers and signed running back Joe Banyard and cornerback Robert Steeples to the active roster from the practice squad. They host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.