MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wolves win, Wild shutout on the road
DALLAS -- Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen shut out the Minnesota Wild with 18 saves in a 4-0 win for the Stars last night in Texas. This was game two of a home-and-home NHL series. Grand Rapids native and former Gopher Alex Goligoski assisted on a pair of goals and Jordie Benn converted a penalty shot for Dallas in the win. The Stars ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 22-20-and-8. The Wild were held scoreless for the fourth time this season and second time in a week. Head coach Mike Yeo says his team was not engaged in the game from the opening faceoff. Minnesota dropped to 27-20-and-5. The Wild host Chicago tomorrow night in St. Paul.
The Timberwolves jumped out to an 18-point lead after one quarter and cruised to a 112-97 win over the Jazz in Salt Lake City last night.. Kevin Love scored 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the winners. Corey Brewer added 19 points and Ricky Rubio finished with 11 points and 13 assists. The Wolves finished off a back-to-back sweep of the Jazz at home and away, having beaten Utah in Minneapolis on Saturday. Minnesota is now 20-21 on the year. Gordon Hayward finished with 27 points for Utah. Alec Burks added 18 in the loss. The Jazz have dropped three of their last four games. Minnesota is at Golden State on Friday.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers host the eighth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers tonight at Williams Arena. The Gophers have dropped two-of-three following Sunday's 94-73 setback at Iowa. Minnesota sits at 14-and-5 on the year and 3-and-3 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin is 16-and-2 and 3-and-2 after having lost two straight games. Tip off tonight is set for 8 p.m. at the Barn. There are tickets still remaining.
University of Minnesota junior forward Sam Warning of Chesterfield, Missouri is this week's Big Ten Conference "Second Star" of the Week after helping the top-ranked Golden Gophers to a weekend sweep of Ohio State. Warning netted a hat trick in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Buckeyes. Minnesota State-Mankato senior forward Johnny McInnis of Boston is this week's WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. He led the Mavericks to a sweep of league-leading Ferris State, ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time. Bemidji State junior defenseman Matt Prapavessis of Oakville, Ontario is the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Beavers to a tie and a loss to nationally-ranked North Dakota last weekend.
The state Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit that was trying to stop construction of a new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It alleged a pending bond sale to pay for the state's portion of the stadium is unconstitutional, but the courts disagreed. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen says there's currently no litigation pending on the stadium. She says they're confident they'll be able to move forward very quickly to get financing in place from a bond sale that was delayed earlier due to the court case. Governor Dayton is thanking the Supreme Court for resolving the matter quickly. The governor says he was extremely concerned the lawsuit would delay stadium financing and the 400-million-dollar development project adjacent to it.
Scott Turner is reportedly following his father to Minnesota The "Minneapolis Star-Tribune" reports Scott Turner, son of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, will be the Vikings new quarterbacks coach. Scott Turner was wide receivers coach of the Cleveland Browns last season.
The 54th annual Twins Caravan is in the stretch run. Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak, infielder Trevor Plouffe (PLOOF), former Twin Terry Steinbach and broadcaster Bert Blyleven will visit three Minnesota locations today. Pitcher Glen Perkins, infielder Brian Dozier, former Twin Tom Brunansky, and broadcaster Dan Gladden will make four stops in Minnesota today. Infielder Pedro Florimon, pitcher Ricky Nolasco, and broadcaster Dick Bremer are in both Minnesota and Wisconsin today. Here is the remaining tentative schedule of the Twins Caravan (guests and schedule subject to change without notice):
Wednesday, January 22nd: Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Ely -- Swarzak, Plouffe, Steinbach, Blyleven
Wednesday, January 22nd: Morris, Glenwood, Freeport, Alexandria -- Perkins, Dozier, Brunansky, Gladden
Wednesday, January 22nd: Pine City, Amery (WI), Red Wing -- Florimon, Nolasco, Bremer
Thursday, January 23rd: Virginia, Cloquet, Duluth -- Swarzak, Plouffe, Steinbach, Blyleven
Thursday, January 23rd: Wadena, Aitkin, Brainerd, Little Falls -- Perkins, Dozier, Fien, Diamond, Brunansky, Gladden