The Latest – February 20, 2012 20 Feb 12

Timberwolves Shoot For Fourth Straight ‘W’ 
(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Minnesota Timberwolves go for their first four-game winning streak since the 2009-10 season with a game at Denver tonight.  The Wolves have knocked off Charlotte, Houston, and Philadelphia in successive games, giving them a three-game winning streak for the third time this season.  The last time the team has had three, separate three-game winning streaks in a season was in 2006-07.  Kevin Love netted a pair of free throws with one-tenth of a second remaining in last night’s win at home over Philadelphia.  Tonight’s game tips off at 8 p.m.

Wild Off 
(St. Paul, MN)  –  There’s a bit of a break in the Minnesota Wild schedule, so head coach Mike Yeo [[ Yoh ]] gave his players the day off today  Minnesota’s next game isn’t until Thursday when Yeo’s team visits Florida for a game.  So, Yeo will let his players rest today with no practice set at all.  The Wild stay on the road on Friday for a game at Dallas.  The Xcel Energy Center will be occupied this week with the 2012 Girls’ State Hockey Tournament running Wednesday through Saturday.  Minnesota beat the defending NHL champion Boston Bruins 2-0 yesterday in St. Paul to snap a seven-game losing skid.

Girls Hockey 
(St. Paul, MN)  –  Here is this week’s schedule of first round games in the 2012 Girls’ State Minnesota High School hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center: 

Class 1-A:  Wednesday – Warroad vs. Detroit Lakes, 11am Class 1-A:  Wednesday – New Ulm vs. South St. Paul, 1pm Class 1-A:  Wednesday – Breck School vs. Chisago Lakes, 6pm Class 1-A:  Wednesday – Hutchinson vs. Red Wing, 8pm 

Class 2-A: Thursday – Roseville Area vs. Grand Rapids/Greenway, 11am Class 2-A: Thursday – Edina vs. Mounds View, 1pm Class 2-A: Thursday – Eagan vs. Minnetonka, 6pm Class 2-A: Thursday – Roseau vs. Lakeville North, 8pm 

WCHA Women’s Pairings Set 
(Madison, WI)  –  The WCHA women’s hockey playoff pairings are set for this weekend.  The first round consists of a best-of-three series to be played on the better-seeded team’s home ice.  Here is the schedule (with seed in parenthesis): 

Friday Games: 
(8) Minnesota State-Mankato at (1) Wisconsin, 7pm 
(7) St. Cloud State at (2) Minnesota, 7pm 
(6) Bemidji State at (3) North Dakota, 2:30pm 
(5) Ohio State at (4) Minnesota-Duluth, 3pm 

Saturday Games: 
(8) Minnesota State-Mankato at (1) Wisconsin, 7pm 
(7) St. Cloud State at (2) Minnesota, 4pm 
(6) Bemidji State at (3) North Dakota, 2:30pm 
(5) Ohio State at (4) Minnesota-Duluth, 3:30pm 

Sunday Games (if necessary): 
(8) Minnesota State-Mankato at (1) Wisconsin, 4pm 
(7) St. Cloud State at (2) Minnesota, 4pm 
(6) Bemidji State at (3) North Dakota, 2:30pm 
(5) Ohio State at (4) Minnesota-Duluth, 3pm 

Twins Continue Spring Training 
(Fort Myers, FL)  –  The Twins are in the second official day of spring training for pitchers and catchers today in Fort Myers, Florida.  Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said yesterday that his team would be drilled with the fundamentals more this year than in any previous year he’s been manager. 

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