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Gophers Fall To Stanford In NIT Final
(Fort Myers, FL) — The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers fell to the Stanford Cardinal last night in the NIT National Championship game 75-51. The Gophers led 21-17 about halfway through the first half but Stanford dominated the game after that taking a 31-25 lead at halftime and never looking back. Minnesota finished the season with a 23-15 record which included their unlikely run to the NIT finals after winning 5 games away from home. The last two times the Gopher have reached the NIT final they received an invite to the NCAA Tournament the following season.

Wild Beat Florida In OT
(New York, NY) — The Minnesota Wild scored in the final minute of the 3rd period to come from behind and defeat Florida 3-2 in overtime last night at the “X”. The Wild trailed 2-1 with just 30 seconds left when Wild forward Eric Christensen came onto the ice as a 6th skater for pulled goalie Niklas Backstrom and scored on a rebound off a Tom Gilbert shot. Then just 15 seconds into overtime Mikko Kuivo scored on a breakaway to give the Wild the 3-2 win. Niklas Backstrom got the win in goal after making his first start in the net for Minnesota since March 1st, when he injured his groin. Next up for the Wild are the Los Angeles Kings who come to town tomorrow night.

Timberwolves Back At Target Center
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Timberwolves return home tonight to play at Target Center for just the 2nd time in their last 11 games when they welcome Boston to town. The Timberwolves are 13-12 at home this season and have won 2 of their past 3 games overall. Boston comes into the game winners of 7 of their past 10. Since the Kevin Garnett trade from Minnesota to Boston, the Celtics have won all 8 games dating back to the 2007-2008 season. Tip off tonight at Target Center is set for 7pm(CST).

UMD’s Connolly Hobey Baker Finalist
(Undated) — The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Jack Connolly has been named as one of the three finalist for this years Hobey Baker Award honoring college hockey’s best player. The announcemnet came yesterday and included UMD’s Connolly, Spencer Abbott of Maine and Colgate’s Austin Smith. Abbott led the nation in scoring with 21 goals and 41 assists. Connolly who played his high school hockey at Duluth Marshall led the WCHA in scoring with 20 goals and 40 assists and Smith led the ECAC in scoring with 36 goals and 21 assists. The Hobey Baker winner will be announced on April 6th at the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Twins Blast Pirates In Grapefruit League Play
(St.Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Twins blasted the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday in Grapefruit League action 11-6. Minnesota got homers from Brian Dozier and Brian Dinkelman to lead the offensive attack. Dinkelman went 3 for 4 with four runs driven in and Dozier was 3 for 5 and knocked in 3 runs. Twins left hander Matt Maloney got his first start of the spring and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits in 3 innings pitched earning him his 2nd win of the spring. Today the Twins will play split squad games against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida and they will host the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Both games are scheduled to begin at 12:05pm(CST).


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