MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild add Bryzgalov from the Oilers
The Minnesota Wild acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. Bryzgalov appeared in 20 games for Edmonton this season, posting a record of 5-8-5 with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. The Wild were in need of goaltending depth with Josh Harding sidelined from the effects of multiple sclerosis he was diagnosed with in 2012. He hasn't played since Dec 31, leaving the bulk of the duties to rookie Darcy Kuemper. The 33-year-old Bryzgalov has a career record of 213-157-70 with a 2.57 GAA and .913 save percentage in 445 games with the Ducks, Coyotes, Flyers and Oilers. With the trade deadline set for Wednesday, the Wild had reported interest in future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur of New Jersey and Jaroslav Halak, who was recently traded from St. Louis to Buffalo.
New Twins pitcher Phil Hughes worked two-and-two-thirds innings in his spring training debut for Minnesota and looked solid. He struck out three batters, allowed two hits and a run in a 3-1 loss to the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Florida. Hughes had his fastball clocked at between 92- and 94-miles per hour. The Twins left 11 runnings on base and were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The lone run came on a sacrifice fly from Eduardo Escobar in the second inning. The Twins play a night game tonight against the Orioles in Fort Myers. First pitch is 6:05 p.m.
The Minnesota Wild have won five games in a row after Monday's 3-2 home win over Calgary. The team will not play again until a road game on Saturday night in Dallas against the Stars. Minnesota returns home on Sunday for a game against St. Louis in St. Paul. The Wild had a midday practice yesterday, will take today off, and practice again on tomorrow and Friday.
The 2014 Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament gets underway later today with an opening Class A game between Hermantown and Luverne at 11 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Three more Class A games will follow today, with all four Class 2-A quarterfinal games set for tomorrow. Edina is making its 25th trip to the state tournament and is the Class 2-A defending title team. Class A defending champion East Grand Forks is back to defend its 2013 crown. The semifinals are set for Friday with the state championship tilts scheduled for Saturday.
Here is the schedule of opening round games at the 2014 Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul:
Class A (Wednesday): Hermantown vs. Luverne, 11am
Class A (Wednesday): New Prague vs. Chisago Lakes, 1pm
Class A (Wednesday): East Grand Forks vs. Orono, 6pm
Class A (Wednesday): Totino-Grace vs. St. Cloud Cathedral, 8pm
Class 2-A (Thursday): Lakeville North vs. Roseau, 1am
Class 2-A (Thursday): Eden Prairie vs. Centennial, 1pm
Class 2-A (Thursday): Edina vs. Stillwater Area, 6pm
Class 2-A (Thursday): Duluth East vs. Eagan, 8pm
Here is the schedule of games for the upcoming 2014 WCHA Women's Hockey Tournament at the Sanford Center in Bemidji:
Semifinal #1 (Friday): North Dakota s. Wisconsin, 4pm
Semifinal #2 (Friday): Minnesota vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 7pm
Championship Game (Saturday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, 7pm
Here is the schedule of games for the upcoming 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis:
First Round (Thursday): Ohio State vs. Northwestern, 11am
First Round (Thursday): Iowa vs. Illinois, 1:30pm (approximate)
First Round (Thursday): Michigan vs. Indiana, 5:30pm
First Round (Thursday): Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, 8pm (approximate)
Quarterfinal #1 (Friday): Penn State vs. Ohio State/Northwestern winner, 11am
Quarterfinal #2 (Friday): Purdue vs. Iowa/Illinois winner, 1:30pm (approximate)
Quarterfinal #3 (Friday): Michigan State vs. Michigan/Indiana winner, 5:30pm
Quarterfinal #4 (Friday): Nebraska vs. Minnesota/Wisconsin winner, 8pm (approximate)
Semifinal #1 (Saturday): Quarterfinal #1 winner vs. Quarterfinal #2 winner, 2:30pm
Semifinal #2 (Saturday): Quarterfinal #3 winner vs. Quarterfinal #4 winner, 5pm (approximate)
Championship Game (Sunday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, noon
The Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team has the week off to prepare for its regular season finale on Sunday against Penn State at Williams Arena. The Gophers have lost three-of-four following last Saturday's setback at Michigan. Minnesota is 18-and-12 on the season and 7-and-10 in the Big Ten.
Five college basketball teams from the MIAC have qualified for the NCAA postseason tournament. St. Thomas, Saint Mary's, and Concordia-Moorhead are part of the 64-team NCAA Division III Women's field. The Tommies will host Loras College of Dubuque, Iowa on Friday night at 7 p.m. in a first-round game. Concordia-Moorhead plays UW-Whitewater at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, at St. Thomas Saint Mary's will face UW-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Friday. St Olaf and St. Thomas are the two mens' teams involved in the Division III Big Dance. The Oles will play against Central College of Pella, Iowa on Friday night in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The Tommies take on Augustana of Rock Island, Illinois on Friday night in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are back on their home floor tonight, taking on the struggling New York Knicks. The Wolves have won four of their last five, while New York is on a seven-game losing streak and has won only once in the last ten games. This evening's game begins at 7 p.m. at the Target Center.
The Golden Gopher football team had its first spring practice of the season yesterday and head coach Jerry Kill says he was generally pleased with what he saw. He told reporters he has a better football team right now than he had last spring and he thinks starting quarterback Mitch Leidner (LYDE-ner) of Lakeville has taken over the role of the team's main leader. Leidner is now the clear front-runner at quarterback with the transfer of Phillip Nelson to Rutgers at the semester break. Minnesota is off today and will practice again tomorrow.
University of Minnesota men's hockey forward Travis Boyd of Hopkins is this week's Big Ten Conference First Star of the Week after helping the Golden Gophers to a series sweep of Penn State last weekend. Boyd tallied four points in the two wins. His teammate Adam Wilcox of South St. Paul is the league's Third Star of the Week after winning Friday's game in goal. Minnesota State-Mankato goalie Cole Huggins of Centennial, Colorado is this week's WCHA men's hockey Defensive Player of the Week. The freshman helped the Mavericks to a two-game sweep at Lake Superior State over the weekend.