MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild lose in shootout to St. Louis
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit, sent the game to overtime, and eventually lost a shootout to the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in St. Paul last night. St. Louis jumped out to the lead with a pair of early goals, followed by Minnesota goals in the second frame from newcomer Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville. There was a scoreless third period and a scoreless overtime, leading to a shootout. U.S. Olympic hero T.J. Oshie of Warroad did what he does best, scored in the shootout to push his Blues to the victory. Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (ILL-yuh breez-GAH-loff) stopped 20-of-22 shots and allowed goals on both of the St. Louis shootout attempts. Minnesota entertains Edmonton tomorrow night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could not overcome the hot shooting of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Minneapolis. Toronto's Kyle Lowry had a triple double with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists to pace Toronto to a 111-104 win at the Target Center. The Raptors were 14-of-24 from three-point range as a team. Kevin Love scored 26 points, hauled in 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists in the loss. He also set the single season franchise record for made three-pointers in the season when he buried his 144th of the campaign, surpassing the mark set by Rashad McCants in the 2007-08 season. Minnesota hosts Milwaukee tomorrow night at the Target Center.
The Golden Gopher men's basketball team kept itself in the NCAA Tournament discussion with an 81-63 win over Penn State yesterday at Williams Arena. Senior Austin Hollins scored 14 points, including 11 in the first half, as Minnesota raced to a 23-to-3 lead and never looked back. DeAndre Mathieu and Maurice Walker led Minnesota scorers with 16 points apiece, while Andre Hollins chipped in with 13. Senior Maverick Ahanmisi matched a career high with 13 points in the game. The Golden Gophers are now 19-and-12 overall and 8-and-10 in the Big Ten. Minnesota will play Penn State on Thursday night in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Gophers will likely need a win to stay in the NCAA Tournament mix.
The Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies played to a 1-1 tie in a spring training game in Fort Myers yesterday. The Twins scored a first inning run on an RBI-single by first baseman Joe Mauer. Philly tied the game in the eighth inning, scoring on an unearned run. Minnesota start Mike Pelfrey (PELL-free) was much sharper in his outing yesterday than in his previous start. Pelfrey worked three hitless innings, striking out one. Samuel Deduno tossed three scoreless frames, as well. The Twins are off today and will return to the diamond tomorrow against the Rays in Port Charlotte.
The Minnesota Twins could be making a bid for one of the last remaining top free agent pitchers still available. Ervin Santana has not signed with a team yet, and CBS Sports baseball reporter Jon Heyman reports Minnesota has made Santana a three-year offer. Santana has one-year deals on the table from Toronto and Baltimore, according to the CBS Sports report. The report indicates that Santana is hoping for a one-year deal, unless a team takes the offer to four years. Meanwhile, the Twins did make some official roster moves yesterday, sending several players to minor league rosters and minor league camp, including top prospects Byron Buxton, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, and Miguel Sano, among others.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is not planning on returning to Minnesota next season. He will test the free agent market for the first time in his NFL career. The four-time NFL Pro Bowl player will likely be negotiating with other teams in what could be the final contract of his career The Vikes, meanwhile, have agreed to terms with Everson Griffen on a lucrative contract.
The University of Minnesota wrestling team placed third in the Big Ten Championship meet over the weekend, trailing champion Penn State and runner-up Iowa. The Golden Gophers crowned one individual champ when heavyweight Tony Nelson of Cambridge won his third straight Big Ten title. Next up for the Gophers is the NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City from March 20-22.
The two-time defending national championship Gopher women's hockey team will host Boston University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena. The winning team will advance to the NCAA women's hockey Frozen Four in Hamden, Connecticut on March 21-23. Minnesota claimed the WCHA regular season and postseason tournament championships and has been ranked No. 1 all season. The Gophers are in Washington, D-C today, celebrating last year's national title at a White House ceremony with President Barack Obama.