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23rd March 2017
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After a dominating junior campaign Bemidji State University junior Michael Bitzer is one of five collegiate goaltenders that have been named as finalists for the 2016-17 Mike Richter Award semifinal list by Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation.  The award, which is in its fourth year, annually honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey.  Finalists for the Mike Richter Award, and eventually, its winner, are determined by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media.  The winner will be announced at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Chicago.

University of Minnesota Duluth jumped on Bemidji State University baseball early Thursday afternoon in a 16-3 and 6-1 sweep in Minneapolis at US Bank Stadium. UMD (8-8) took the lead first in both games over BSU (4-12) in non-conference matchups.  Bemidji State wraps up its season-opening road trip March 26-27 at Winona State University. The Beavers and Warriors play a four-game series with doubleheaders on each day. The games were pushed back one day due to the threat of rain on Friday and Saturday. First pitch Sunday will be at 1:30 followed by a noon start-time Monday.

The Minnesota State High School League State Boys Basketball Tournament continued yesterday with quarterfinals in Class A.  Both are teams lost.  Nevis lost to Springfield 73-65, while Red Lake lost to top seeded Minneapolis North 93-46.  Red Lake plays Nevis in the consolation round today at 10am at Concordia University in St Paul.

In Class 3A State Boys Basketball action, Grand Rapids lost to St Thomas Academy 80-77.

The NCAA Hockey Regionals start today.  On the schedule today:

3:00pm (13) Providence vs. (2) Harvard Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. 
6:30pm (15) Air Force vs.    (8) Western Michigan Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. 
2:00pm (10) North Dakota vs. (6) Boston University Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. 
5:30pm (14) Ohio State vs. (3) Minnesota-Duluth Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D.

On tomorrow's schedule:

12:00pm (19) Michigan Tech vs. (1) Denver U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati
3:30pm (11) Penn State vs. (7) Union U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati  
11:00am (9) Cornell vs. (4) Massachusetts-Lowell SNHU Arena, Manchester, N.H. 
2:30pm (12) Notre Dame vs. (5) Minnesota SNHU Arena, Manchester, N.H. 

Did pitching in the World Baseball Classic hurt Jose Berrios’ chances of making the Twins starting rotation?  Quite possibly. Berrios pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, but only pitched in two games and posted an 8.10 ERA during that span.  Twins blogger for MLB.com Rhett Bollinger notes that Berrios’ 6.2 innings during that two-week span might make it hard for him to get stretched out in time to be ready to make the Twins rotation to open the season.  According to the Star Tribune, the Twins will likely be careful with him to make sure he’s ready to go.  There’s been intense competition for the final spot in the Twins rotation and while Berrios has been sitting, Tyler Duffey and prospect Adalberto Mejia have been outstanding. Those three are thought to be competing for the final spot behind Ervin Santana, Kyle Gibson, Phil Hughes and Hector Santiago.  After throwing 40 pitches on Wednesday, Berrios isn’t likely to pitch again until Monday.

To play in the NFL these days, you have to have some pretty thick skin – just ask former Vikings offensive lineman Matt Kalil.  Throughout his five seasons in Minnesota, Vikings fans had a love-hate relationship with Kalil and apparently he knew it.  During the opening moments of an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, Kalil made it clear that he is no longer on Twitter after his tumultuous stint with the Vikings.  “After playing in Minnesota, I just got rid of my Twitter,” said Kalil while appearing on the show with his brother and teammate Ryan Kalil. “I was harassed left and right.”  Matt Kalil signed a five-year $55 million contract with Carolina earlier this month.

Luke Kunin is turning pro. The now-former Wisconsin Badgers forward agreed to a three-year entry-level deal with the Minnesota Wild. He’ll report to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and finish the season there.  Kunin, 19, was the youngest captain at Wisconsin in 41 years and he led them in scoring as a freshman (19 goals) and sophomore (22 goals, 16 assists). He also captained Team USA to the gold medal at the World Junior Championships last year. Yes, he was the captain on the gold-medal team that included the No. 1 pick in the draft, current Toronto Maple Leafs rookie, Austin Matthews.


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Stroud takes 1-shot lead in Puerto Rico
March 25, 2017, 5:50 pm
Chris Stroud birdied his final hole Saturday to cap off a 5-under 67 and take a one-shot lead in the Puerto Rico Open as he goes for his first PGA Tour victory.

Bobrovsky terrific again as Blue Jackets beat Flyers 1-0
March 25, 2017, 3:50 pm
Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves in his seventh shutout of the season, helping the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Saturday.

Boucher scores twice, Canucks top slumping Wild
March 25, 2017, 3:46 pm
Reid Boucher scored twice in Vancouver's four-goal second period and the Canucks defeated the slumping Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday.

Pulisic becomes heartbeat of US team at age 18
March 25, 2017, 12:19 pm
Christian Pulisic gallops elegantly past defenders like a gazelle, with the enthusiasm of youth and a sense of positioning that belies his inexperience.

Phil Mickelson heads to Match Play quarterfinals in Texas
March 25, 2017, 11:52 am
Phil Mickelson won three straight holes around the turn and coasted to another victory to reach the quarterfinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play.

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