The Latest – October 21, 2011 21 Oct 11

Wild Earn Shoot-Out Victory at Edmonton
(Edmonton) — Wild center Matt Cullen scored the lone shoot-out goal to give Minnesota a 2-1 win over the Oilers last night in Edmonton. Ex-Oiler Dany Heatley lit the lamp with one-point-two seconds remaining to tie the game and force overtime. Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom stopped all three shoot-out attempts and finished with 30 saves. Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin [[ ha-bee-BOO'-lin ]] turned away 30 shots in defeat. The Wild also edged the Oilers 2-1 in a shoot-out victory last Thursday in St.Paul. Captain Mikko Koivu took a skate to his chin/neck area against Edmonton and need ten stitches. Minnesota plays at Vancouver on Saturday night.

Vermont at Minnesot
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gopher men’s hockey team hosts Vermont for a Friday-Sunday non-conference series at Mariucci Arena. This is the first-ever matchup between the WCHA and Hockey East opponents. Number-eight Minnesota swept defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth last weekend. The Catamounts open the regular season at Minnesota after a 2-1 exhibition loss to the U-S National Under-18 Team last Friday. Vermont returns its top two scorers from last year – Sebastian Stalberg and Chris McCarthy – along with starting goaltender Rob Madore. The undefeated Gophers have the number-one offense in the nation with 25 goals in four games. The puck drops at 6 p.m.

Gopher Women’s Hockey Shuts Out Mavericks
(Minneapolis, MN) — The second-ranked University of Minnesota women’s hockey team shut out MSU-Mankato 3-0 Thursday night at Ridder Arena Gopher forward Sarah Davis scored her first two goals of the season and defenseman Megan Bozek lit the lamp for the fourth time. Freshman goaltender Shyler Sletta made 20 saves in her first career start. The Gophers and Mavericks face off again tonight on the U of M campus.

Rangers Rally Late To Even World Series
(St.Louis, MO) — The Rangers plated two runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally past the Cardinals 2-1 in game two of the World Series. First baseman Michael Young hit the go-ahead RBI sac fly for Texas before St.Louis stranded a man on base in the bottom of the ninth. Ex-Twins infielder Nick Punto had a chance to advance the runner from first to second but was unable to lay down a bunt. Cardinals reliever Jason Motte [[ MOTT ]] was charged with both runs and took the loss. Former Twins right-hander Kyle Lohse [[ loash ]] is scheduled to start for St.Louis in game three Saturday night in Arlington.

Former Alexandria Beatle Craig Provides Spark For St.Louis
(St.Louis, MN) — Former Northwoods League player Allen Craig provided all the offense for the Cardinals in their game two 2-1 loss in the Fall Classic. Craig ‘s pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning was the lone run for St.Louis last night. He also hit the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning of the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory in game one. Craig became the first player in Major League history to have two go-ahead pinch-hits for RBI in the same World Series. Twenty-seven-year-old Craig spent two seasons with Alexandria Beatles and was picked by the Cardinals in the eighth round of the 2006 draft.

Twins Outright Dinkelman and Dumatrait
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Twins now have 36 players on their 40-man roster after making a couple of moves Thursday. The club outrighted infielder/outfielder Brian Dinkelman and left-handed pitcher Phil Dumatrait [[ doo-MAH-tray ]] to Triple-A Rochester.

Lawmakers To Introduce New Vikings Stadium Plan
(St.Paul, MN) — Two state lawmakers are holding a news conference this morning to announce an alternative Vikings stadium plan. Senator John Marty of Roseville and Representative Linda Runbeck of Circle Pines will unveil their proposal at the state Capitol. Marty has been a vocal critic of the proposed half-cent sales tax increase in Ramsey County. The original Vikings stadium plan is sponsored by Representative Morrie Lanning and Senator Julie Rosen of Fairmont. Governor Dayton has said the state’s contribution to the project will not exceed 300-million dollars.