Minnesota State Sports Briefs: Kill says Gophers learning as they go alongMinnesota Sports
-- University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill says his team continues to learn every week just how hard they it has to play in order to win Big Ten football games.
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill says his team continues to learn every week just how hard they it has to play in order to win Big Ten football games.
Kill says he was happy with his team's efforts in last weekend's loss at Michigan State, but his club will have to take another step in this Saturday's game at home against rival Wisconsin. Kill says the Badgers are two plays away from being ranked in the nation's top three teams. The Golden Gophers enter the game with a 2-7 record, while No. 18 Wisconsin is 7-2. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at TCF Stadium on Saturday.
Kickoff time for the Golden Gopher football game at Northwestern a week from Saturday has been set. Minnesota will take on the Wildcats in an 11 a.m. game in Evanston, Illinois on November 19th.
Warroad's T.J. Oshie scored a goal and assisted on another as the Blues beat the Blackhawks 3-0 last night in St. Louis. The Blues play the second of a five-game homestand tomorrow night against the Maple Leafs.
Minnesota-Duluth senior goaltender Kenny Reiter has been named this week's WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, after he helped the defending national champion Bulldogs to a tie and a win at nationally-ranked Denver over the weekend. Reiter blocked 59 of 62 shots in the two games. Minnesota State-Mankato forward Jean-Paul Lafontaine of Oxford, Michigan was named the league's Freshman of the Year after scoring a pair of goals and setting up the game-winner in a contest at Michigan Tech on Friday. Colorado College senior Nick Dineen is the conference's Offensive Player of the Week.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team is expected to sign two high school players to national letters of intent during as the signing fall signing period begins. Rice Lake, Wisconsin forward Wally Ellenson and Arlington, Texas forward Charles Buggs are expected to give head coach Tubby Smith their signatures. Minnesota women's coach Pam Borton is staying local with her three planned recruits. Eden Prairie High School teammates Jackie Johnson and Shayne Mullaney, along with Osseo's Mikayla Bailey are expected to finalize their commitment to the U of M.
The NSIC has named its season award winners in volleyball. Concordia-St. Paul outside hitter Megan Carlson of Andover is the league's Player of the Year. Her teammate Katie Habeck of Farmington is the conference's Freshman of the Year. Winona State senior Shannon McGowan of Naperville, Illinois is the Libero of the Year. And, Minnesota-Duluth's Jim Boos is the Coach of the Year. This is Boos' second Coach of the Year Award, to go along with one he earned in 2002.
St. Cloud State junior wrestler Jake Kahnke of Shakopee is the season's first NSIC Wrestler of the Week. The heavyweight won his bracket in an open meet in Brookings, South Dakota over the weekend, winning all four matches he was in. St. Cloud State is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II national rankings. Minnesota State-Mankato is 12th.