MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wild edged by Red Wings 3-2
ST. PAUL - (SportsNetwork.com) - Gustav Nyquist notched the game winner early in the third period, as Detroit topped Minnesota by a 3-2 count to open a home-and-home series at Xcel Energy Center.
Brendan Smith and David Legwand also tallied, while Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and look for a sweep on Sunday back in Detroit. Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle supplied the offense for the Wild, who have dropped four of their last five. Darcy Kuemper took the loss despite making 27 saves. Coyle knotted the game, 2-2, on his penalty-shot marker only 15 seconds into the final stanza. The Boston University product briefly lost control of the puck while skating up the middle, but used a deke to pull Howard all the way to the left post before sliding the disc home. But Nyquist countered just over five minutes later to give the visitors the lead for good thanks to his fifth goal in the last four games. Minnesota play at Detroit tonight.
The University of Minnesota wrestling team took second to Penn State in the NCAA Division I National Meet this weeken in Oklahoma City. The Nittany Lions won their fourth straight title by a 109-104.5 spread over the Golden Gophers. Minnesota's two finalists, Dylan Ness at 157 and Tony Nelson at heavyweight both finished second. The Gophers had seven All-Americans in the meet. Along with Ness and Nelson were David Thorn, Danny Zilverberg, Logan Storey, Kevin Steinhaus and Scott Schiller.
Minnesota State University men's hockey team won its first-ever Broadmoor Trophy by winning the WCHA Tournament Championship Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Minnesota State defated top-ranked Ferris State 4-1 to win the tournament title and receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Mavericks scored twice in the first period and added two more goals in the third. Teddy Blueger had a goal and an assist for MSU. Winning goalie Cole Huggins made 25 saves.
Scott Sizemore drove in a pair of runs and Masahiro Tanaka picked up his first victory of the spring, as the Yankees edged the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, in exhibition play. Tanaka lasted 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk while fanning six. Zelous Wheeler had two hits and an RBI for New York. Kevin Correia was touched for four runs on six hits over six innings to take the loss. Eduardo Escobar hit a solo homer in defeat.