MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wild win in OT over Stars
ST. PAUL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nate Prosser's strike with 2:18 remaining in overtime lifted Minnesota over Dallas at Xcel Energy Center.
Charlie Coyle did most of the work prior to the score, winning a battle behind the net and dishing to Nino Niederreiter in between the circles. His shot was turned away, but the rebound kicked out to Prosser, who made no mistake on the game decider. Erik Haula and Ryan Suter also tallied for the Wild, who have won two in a row and seven of their last nine. Darcy Kuemper aided the effort with 33 saves. Ryan Garbutt and Alex Chiasson scored for the Stars, who skidded to their eighth loss in nine outings. Kari Lehtonen made just 16 stops in defeat.
Haula -- a former University of Minnesota product -- picked up his first career tally at 7:11 of the first period on a solo rush. Garbutt evened the contest at 11:57 of the second on a rebound try, but a Suter wrister from the left point caromed off a Dallas player in front and past Lehtonen with 5:51 left in the period. The Stars responded on the advantage at 9:32 of the third, when Chiasson's poke at a puck in the crease during a scramble eluded Kuemper.
Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love controlled the paint by combining for 45 points and 27 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 98-72 rout of the Utah Jazz. Pekovic had 27 points and 14 boards and Love tallied 18 points with 13 rebounds. Kevin Martin scored 20 for the Timberwolves in the front part of a home-and-home set. The teams will meet again Tuesday in Salt Lake City. Ricky Rubio had six points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who snapped a three-game skid. Alec Burks had 18 points to pace Utah, which shot just 28.8 percent from the field. The Jazz won by 21 at Detroit Friday, but scored only 23 first-half points a night later and had their five-game winning streak against the Timberwolves broken. The Jazz shot 8-of-39 in the opening half and were behind by as many as 36 points.
Sam Warning scored a pair of goals in the second period to give the Big Ten series sweep to the No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey team over Ohio State Saturday by a 4-2 score at Mariucci Arena. The pair of goals was a part of Warning's hat trick for the game. OSU scored twice in the first period before Warning's first goal put Minnesota on the board. Warning's third goal came on a power play. Seth Ambroz scored the final goal for the Golden Gophers in the third period. Mike Reilly and Nate Condon each had two assists for the U. Winning goalie Adam Wilcox made 25 saves. Minnesota is in command of the Big Ten with a 7-0-1 record, 17-2-3 overall.