The Latest – November 19, 2011 19 Nov 11

W-C-H-A
In men’s W-C-H-A action last night…St. Cloud State beat the Gophers 4-3, U-M-D topped Minnesota State 5-1, Denver beat Nebraska Omaha 7-3 and Colorado College over Wisconsin 4-2.

In women’s…..North Dakota beat Minnesota State 5-3, the Gophers rolled over New Hampshire 11-0, Niagara beat St. Cloud State 5-1 and Wisconsin beat Rensselaer 6-5.

Wild Host Blues
(St. Paul, MN) — The Blues of St. Louis come to St. Paul tonight to play the Wild in ice hockey. Both teams have been playing well of late, with Minnesota in first-place and St. Louis getting it done with a new coach Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m.

Gophers At Northwestern
(Evanston, IL) — The Golden Gopher football team boarded a private jet yesterday en route for Evanston, Illinois where today they will play a Big Ten Conference game at Northwestern. The Wildcats are playing for bowl eligibility and given that they play division leader Michigan State next week, it is safe to assume they will be gunning for a win today. The kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Ryan Field.

Gopher Football Schedule/Results
(Minneapolis, MN) — Here are results and the remaining schedule for the University of Minnesota football team:

Saturday, September 3rd – USC 19, Minnesota 17 (final) Saturday, September 10th – New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21 (final) Saturday, September 17th – Minnesota 29, Miami (OH) 23 (final) Saturday, September 24th – North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24 (final) Saturday, October 1st – Michigan 58, Minnesota 0 (final) Saturday, October 8th – Purdue 45, Minnesota 17 (final) Saturday, October 15th – BYE WEEK Saturday, October 22nd – Nebraska 41, Minnesota 14 (final) Saturday, October 29th – Minnesota 22, Iowa 21 (final) Saturday, November 5th – Michigan State 31, Minnesota 24 (final) Saturday, November 12th – Wisconsin 42, Minnesota 13 (final) Saturday, November 18th – at Northwestern, 11am Saturday, November 26th – vs. Illinois, 2:30pm

College Football
Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the Big Ten:
Minnesota at Northwestern, 11am
Wisconsin at Illinois, 11am
Iowa at Purdue, 11am
Nebraska at Michigan, 11am
Indiana at Michigan State, 11am
Penn State at Ohio State, 2:30pm

Here are three NCAA playoff football games involving teams from Minnesota:
Division II: Saginaw Valley State (MI) at Minnesota-Duluth, Saturday, noon Division II: Wayne State (MI) at St. Cloud State, Saturday, noon Division III: St. Scholastic at St. Thomas, Saturday, noon

Prep Bowl
(Minneapolis, MN) — Five teams have secured their places in the finals of the state high school football championship games. Eden Prairie pounded Totino Grace 49-7 in the Class 5-A semi-final, Bemidji beat Mankato West 45-26 in 4-A, Fairmont topped Annandale 21-9 in 3-A, Moose Lake/Willow River defeated Waterville/Elysian/Morristown 35-14, Mahnomen over Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 32-12 in 1-A and Edgerton beat Ada Borup 48-20 in 9-Man. The other semi-final games are today and tonight at the Metrodome.

Twins Sign Backup Catcher
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins have signed free-agent catcher Ryan Doumit to a one-year contract. The deal is worth three-million dollars, pending a physical which he’s expected to take this weekend. Doumit has spent his seven-year Major League career with the Pirates where he also played some right field and first base. He was a .271 hitter with 67 homers and 266 R-B-I.

NFL Sacks Leader
(Green Bay, WI) — One of the bright spots of the Minnesota Vikings disappointing 2011 season is the play of defensive end Jared Allen. He sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers once Monday night, was credited with a tackle for a loss on a near fumble and pressured Rodgers all game. Allen leads the NFL with 13-and-a-half sacks through nine games and has at least a half-sack in 11 straight games. He remains on pace to break the NFL season sack record of 22-and-a-half by Giants defensive tackle Michael Strahan in 2001. Minnesota hosts Oakland tomorrow at noon.

Vikings Schedule/Results 
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Here is the 2011 schedule and results for the Minnesota Vikings:

Sunday, September 11 – San Diego 24, Minnesota 17 (final) Sunday, September 18 – Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20 (final) Sunday, September 25 – Detroit 26, Minnesota 23 (overtime) Sunday, October 2 – Kansas City 22, Minnesota 17 (final) Sunday, October 9 – Minnesota 34, Arizona 10 (final) Sunday, October 16 – Chicago 39, Minnesota 10 (final) Sunday, October 23 – Green Bay 33, Minnesota 27 (final) Sunday, October 30 – Minnesota 24, Carolina 21 (final) Sunday, November 6 – BYE WEEK Monday, November 14 – at Green Bay, 7:30pm Sunday, November 20 – vs. Oakland, noon* Sunday, November 27 – at Atlanta, noon* Sunday, December 4 – vs. Denver, 3:05pm* Sunday, December 11 – at Detroit, noon* Sunday, December 28 – vs. New Orleans, noon* Saturday, December 24 – at Washington, noon* Sunday, January 1 – vs. Chicago, noon*

(* – gametime subject to change due to NFL “flex schedule”)

Wands Replacing Pat-Down Searches At Vikings Games
(Minneapolis, MN) — Vikings officials say there will be hand-held metal detectors instead of pat-down searches at a couple Metrodome gates for this Sunday’s game and they expect to be using wands at all gates by the December 4th game against Denver. Vikings Security Director Kim Klawiter (KLOW’-ih-ter) says it’s not a response to any particular threat. He says the N-F-L has determined that wands are a more thorough way of checking for weapons. Klawiter says fans probably won’t see much of a change in how much time it takes to get through the gate — and he predicts the delay could be even shorter in the winter because people won’t have to open up their coats.

Gophers Volleyball
(Iowa City, IA) — The University of Minnesota volleyball team is at Iowa for a Big Ten matchup tonight. The Gophers are coming off of Wednesday’s loss to No. 5 Nebrasa.