The Latest – November 4, 2011 04 Nov 11

Gophers-Fighting Sioux

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers men’s hockey team hosts North Dakota in a pair of key WCHA games this weekend. Number-five Minnesota is 7-and-1 on the season, while the 15th-ranked Fighting Sioux come in 3-4-and-1. Tonight’s game at Mariucci Arena begins at 7 p.m. Tomorrow’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Bulldogs vs. Pioneers

(Denver, CO) — The defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs have a key men’s hockey series this weekend at WCHA preseason favorite Denver. The Bulldogs are 4-3-and-1 this season and ranked 14th in the nation. The Pioneers are ranked eighth in the nation and have a 3-2-and-1 mark. Tonight’s game starts at 8:30 p.m.

St. Cloud State Huskies Hockey

(St. Cloud, MN) — St. Cloud State is hosting Wisconsin tonight and tomorrow in a WCHA weekend series. The Huskies are 3-4-and-1 on the season, while the Badgers are 4-and-4. Neither team is ranked in this week’s national poll. Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m. at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.

Mavs At Michigan Tech

(Houghton, MI) — Minnesota State-Mankato is on the road this weekend in WCHA action, visiting 16th-ranked Michigan Tech tonight and tomorrow. The Mavericks are 1-and-5 on the season and will be underdogs against the surprising Huskies, who are 5-2-and-1 under first-year head coach Mel Pearson. Games both nights begin at 6 p.m.

Beavers Play Non-Conference Game

(Sault Ste. Marie, MI) — Bemidji State has a non-conference men’s hockey series this weekend in the state of Michigan. The Beavers take on number-11 Lake Superior State in games on Friday and Saturday. Bemidji State is 3-and-5 on the season, while the Lakers are 7-and-1. Games both night are set to begin at 6 p.m.

WCHA Hockey

(Undated) — Here is Friday’s slate of men’s college hockey games in the WCHA:

Minnesota State-Mankato at Michigan Tech, 6pm Bemidji State at Lake Superior State, 6pm North Dakota at Minnesota, 7pm Wisconsin at St. Cloud State, 7:30pm Colorado College at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota-Duluth at Denver, 8:30 p.m.

MIAC Hockey

(Undated) — Here is Friday’s slate of men’s college hockey games in the MIAC:

St. Olaf at UW-Superior, 7pm
Augsburg at UW-Stevens Point, 7pm
Bethel at UW-Eau Claire, 7pm
Hamline at UW-River Falls, 7pm
Gustavus Adolphus at St. Norbert, 7pm
Saint Mary’s at St. Scholastica, 7pm
Concordia-Moorhead at UW-Stout, 7:30pm

WCHA Women’s Hockey

(Undated) — Here is Friday’s slate of women’s college hockey games in the WCHA:

North Dakota at St. Cloud State, 2pm
Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota, 6pm
Bemidji State at Minnesota State-Mankato, 7pm Wisconsin at Ohio State, 7pm

MIAC Women’s Hockey

(Undated) — Here is Friday’s slate of women’s college hockey games in the MIAC:

Robert Morris at Concordia-Moorhead, 7pm Concordia-Wisconsin at Gustavus Adolphus, 7pm Finlandia at St. Catherine, 7pm St. Norbert at Saint Mary’s, 7pm Lindenwood (MO) at Saint Benedict, 7:30pm

Gophers Football

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gopher football team leaves today for East Lansing, Michigan, where tomorrow it will take on No. 15 Michigan State in a Big Ten Conference game. The Gophers beat Iowa last week, while Michigan State fell at Nebraska. Even so, the 6-and-2 Spartans are favored by 27-points over the 2-and-6 Golden Gophers. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says he expects Minnesota to be highly motivated in the game after last week’s emotional win against the Hawkeyes. Kickoff tomorrow is set for 11 a.m.

Big Ten Football

(Undated) — Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the Big Ten Conference:

Minnesota at Michigan State, 11am
Michigan at Iowa, 11am
Indiana at Ohio State, 11am
Purdue at Wisconsin, 2:30pm
Northwestern at Nebraska, 2:30pm
Illinois, idle
Penn State, idle

NSIC Football

(Undated) — Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the NSIC:

Minnesota State-Mankato at Southwest Minnesota State, 1pm Minnesota-Crookston at Minnesota-Duluth, 1pm St. Cloud State at Bemidji State, 1pm Wayne State at Augustana, 1pm Northern State at Minnesota State-Moorhead, 1pm Concordia-St. Paul at Upper Iowa, 2:30pm Winona State at U-Mary, 2:30pm

MIAC Football

(Undated) — Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the MIAC:

Hamline at Bethel, 1pm
Augsburg at Gustavus Adolphus, 1pm
St. Olaf at Saint John’s, 1pm
St. Thomas at Carleton, 1pm
Bethel, idle

UMAC Football

(Undated) — Here is Saturday’s slate of college football games in the UMAC:

Presentation at Westminster (MO), 1pm
Martin Luther at St. Scholastica, 1pm
Crown at Minnesota-Morris, 1pm
Northwestern at Greenville (IL), 1pm
Eureka (IL) at MacMurray (MO), 1pm

Vikings On Bye

(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Minnesota Vikings do not have a game this weekend, as they reached the midway point of the season with a 2-and-6 record and a bye week. The Vikes are at Green Bay a week from Monday. The unbeaten Packers are at San Diego this Sunday afternoon.

Prep Football

(Undated) — Tonight is a big night of high school football across the state of Minnesota. State tournament berths are on the line with section finals slated at 38 locations. Some of the marquee matchups include Edgerton/Ellsworth against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley; Wheaton/Herman-Norcross taking on Eagle Valley; Mahnomen hosting Browerville; Mankato West entertaining Hutchinson; Mounds View visiting Totino-Grace; Wayzata battling Osseo; Minnetonka playing at Eden Prairie; St. Thomas Academy against South St. Paul; and Glencoe-Silver Lake vs. Fairmount. There are three other games slated for tomorrow, while seven teams punched their state ticket last night.

Minnesota Volleyball

(Minneapolis, MN) — The 15th-ranked University of Minnesota volleyball team is in action tonight and tomorrow night with a pair of big home matches. No. 6 Penn State visits the U of M Sports Pavilion for an 8 p.m. game tonight and 22nd-ranked Ohio State is in town for a 7 p.m. game tomorrow. Minnesota beat No. 3 Illinois in straight sets last weekend, so the Gophers want to keep positive momentum moving forward.

Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament

(Evanston, IL) — Here is Friday’s semifinal round schedule in the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Postseason Tournament:

Minnesota vs. Penn State, 3:45pm
Illinois vs. Michigan State, 1:15pm

NSIC Women’s Soccer Tourney

(Mankato, MN) — Here is Friday’s semifinal slate of games in the NSIC Women’s Soccer Postseason Tournament

Minnesota State-Mankato vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 11am Upper Iowa vs. St. Cloud State, 2pm

Timberwolves Not In Action

(Minneapolis, MN) — Tonight was supposed to be the first road game of the season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves were slated to play at Philadelphia tonight in what would have been the team’s second game of the season. A labor stoppage has forced the cancellation of the first one month of the season. Owners and players broke off negotiations last week after three straight days of talks failed to produce a new collective bargaining agreement. Reports indicate that meetings could resume tomorrow.

Deer Opener

(Biwabik, MN) — Governor Dayton kicks off the ninth annual Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener today in the northeastern Minnesota town of Biwabik [[ bih-WAH-bick ]]. Dayton is speaking at the “Big Buck Luncheon” at Giant’s Ridge (Noon) and will also be presenting awards following the Outdoor Olympics and Youth Field Day. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association President John Erlandson are among the officials joining the governor for these events. The firearms deer hunting season opens tomorrow (Sat) morning.

Texas 500 Set For Sunday

(Fort Worth, TX) — The Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship shifts to the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this weekend for Sunday’s race. With seven races down and three to go in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, it’s looking like a two-horse race for the championship in NASCAR’s premier series. Tony Stewart’s win coupled with a ninth-place finish for Carl Edwards last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway allowed Stewart to trim Edwards’ points lead to just eight. All 12 of drivers in the Chase field still mathematically have a chance in the championship. Heading into Texas, 89 points separate Edwards from 12th-place Ryan Newman. Jimmie Johnson is now 43 points behind Edwards in his hopes of a record-extending sixth straight series championship.