MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wild, Yeo agree to contract extension
ST. PAUL - (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild and head coach Mike Yeo agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension Saturday.
"Mike has done a very good job the last three seasons as our Head Coach and we look forward to his leadership going forward," said Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher.
Yeo, who became the youngest NHL head coach at age 37 when he was elevated to the post on June 17, 2011, has guided the Wild to a 104-82-26 record, including a 43-27-12 mark this season. Minnesota has made back-to-back postseason appearances for the second time in franchise history and advanced to the second round for the first time since 2003 after a Game 7 overtime win at Colorado.
"I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey," said Yeo. "Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season. We are all motivated to reward them."
Brian McCann's tie-breaking RBI double highlighted a two-run eighth inning that lifted the New York Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. McCann's liner off Brian Duensing (1-2) brought in Jacoby Ellsbury with the go-ahead run and rewarded Masahiro Tanaka for an outstanding eight-inning stint in which the new Yankee ace permitted just one unearned run. Tanaka (8-1) yielded just four singles and a pair of walks while racking up nine strikeouts before giving way to David Robertson, who struck out the side in the ninth to polish off his 12th save of the season. Both McCann and Kelly Johnson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Yangervis Solarte collected three hits, including a solo home run, to help New York bounce back from Friday's 6-1 defeat in the opener of this three-game set. Kevin Correia tossed six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision for Minnesota, with Josh Willingham knocking in the Twins' lone run with a first- inning single.