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Blanked: Copper Kings shut out Eskymos

CALUMET — The Calumet Copper Kings hockey team made short order of the Escanaba Eskymos in more ways than one on the ice Saturday afternoon at the Calumet Colosseum. First, they scored four goals in less than six minutes to open the game. They did not stop there. They closed the first ...

College Hockey: Huskies fend off slumping Bulldogs, 2-1

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech won its first home game of the decade on Friday, a 2-1 win over Ferris State. The win was also the 50th win for Joe Shawhan as head coach of the Huskies. Tech (14-11-3, 9-8-2 WCHA) handed the Bulldogs their ninth straight loss in the process. And it wasn’t a ...

Prep Hockey: Gremlins thwart Esky, 4-1

HOUGHTON — Friday night at the Dee was the second time the Houghton Gremlins and the Escanaba Eskymos had met on the ice this year, and the outcome was just about the same from when they first faced off. The Gremlins (12-7) downed the Eskymos (8-8) 4-0 in Escanaba on Nov. 22. On Friday, at ...

Girls Basketball: Hancock girls take down IM

HANCOCK — Sometimes a steady, unrelenting defensive pressure can be the best thing a basketball team has going for it. The Hancock High girls team had just that Friday night in hosting Iron Mountain. Limiting the Mountaineers (1-10) to a measly 18 shots from the floor, the Bulldogs came ...

Boys Basketball: Gremlins fall short to Escanaba

HOUGHTON — A rangy Escanaba High boys basketball team had enough to hold on for a hotly contested 71-67 win over Houghton Thursday night. Escanaba coach Tracy Hudson knew his team had all they could handle in Gremins’ scoring ace Brad Simonsen. “We knew exactly what we had to do ...

Brown, Gwinn football coach, dies at 37

GWINN — Gwinn High School varsity football coach Dion Brown died unexpectedly on Wednesday night. The cause of Brown’s death was not announced as of Thursday night. Funeral arrangements are pending. A statement from the school district said Brown was “big in heart, big in spirit and ...

Boys Basketball: LL-Hubbell shoots past Vikings, 77-52

LAKE LINDEN — Despite a shaky start, the Lake Linden-Hubbell boys basketball team was able to settle and play their game which translated into a 77-52 win Thursday night over the Baraga Vikings. Baraga opened up the game with a 5-4 lead but the Lakes (6-2) went on a 19-3 scoring run to come ...

Huskies Hockey: Tech faces struggling Bulldogs for crucial WCHA points

Wins aren’t a given in the WCHA. But Michigan Tech badly needs them. After a lackluster start to 2020, holding a 1-3-2 record so far in the new year, the Huskies have a prime opportunity to get a pair of wins this weekend against the struggling Ferris State Bulldogs. Puck drop is 7:07 ...

Lions use OT win to springboard into series vs. Green Knights

DE PERE, Wis. — Heading into last weekend’s matchup with the Trine Thunder, the Finlandia Lions mens hockey team was winless in their first five overtime games, including one tie. Over the course of the weekend, the Lions found themselves in extra sessions both nights. After a 3-2 loss ...

Lions women win fourth straight game

DULUTH, Minn. — Junior Bailey Froberg was clutch in the stretch as the Finlandia University women’s basketball team took a wild 57-55 win over St. Scholastica on Wednesday night. The win was Finlandia’s fourth in a row. “This game was a program changer,” said head coach Mariah ...

Girls Basketball: Calumet takes down Gremlins

CALUMET — The opening minutes of the Calumet Houghton girls basketball game on Tuesday were not pretty. Easy shots were missed and the ball was turned over at both ends of the court. It took a long 2:10 for either team to score. The first shot fell from Marybeth Halonen in the form of a ...

Prep Hockey: Copper Kings hold off Escanaba, 5-2

WELLS — Escanaba’s upset effort came up short here Tuesday night as it dropped a 5-2 hockey decision to the Calumet Copper Kings. Freshman forward Sawyer LaMarch scored from point-blank range 10 and a half minutes into the second period, trimming Esky’s deficit to 2-1. Senior forward ...

Girls Basketball: Lakes cruise past Blue Bolts

DOLLAR BAY — Aside from local bragging rights there wasn’t a great deal at stake in Tuesday’s Lake Linden-Hubbell-Dollar Bay-Tamarack City girls basketball game. The two rivals came into the game with a combined four wins (three by the Lakes). But the two schools battled hard, ...

Prep Hockey: Calumet rallies past Brother Rice, 5-3

CALUMET — Trailing 2-0 at home Saturday night and staring at the continuation of a major penalty, the Division 3 No. 1 Calumet hockey team found itself in need of a spark. A pair of shorthanded goals provided the needed spark the Copper Kings needed to rally and defeat the Division 2 ...

Men’s Basketball: Tech upsets No. 8 Ferris State

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team played just about a perfect game on Saturday as they stunned the No. 8 Ferris State Bulldogs (18-3, 7-2 GLIAC) with a 102-90 victory at home. Not only did the Huskies win, but the No. 8-ranked Bulldogs never led throughout the game. ...

Prep Hockey: Gremlins get back to winning ways, beat Bay Port 5-2

HOUGHTON — The Gremlins got back in the saddle with a 5-2 win over Bay Port on Saturday. Houghton (11-7) rebounded from a loss to Division 2 No. 1 Birmingham Brother Rice on Friday, scoring two goals in the first against Bay Port en route to the win. “We had a lot of chances. I ...

College Hockey: Huskies tie Bemidji State 1-1 Saturday

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Michigan Tech skated to a 1-1 tie at Bemidji State Saturday. The Beavers scored 2:34 into the 3-on-3 double overtime period to earn the extra WCHA point. “A lot of guys played very well tonight,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. “We competed much harder and limited ...

Tech’s Goble wins 5K skate at CCSA Mt. Itasca Invitational

COLERAINE, Minn. — Michigan Tech’s Sarah Goble stood atop the podium of the 5K skate at the CCSA Mt. Itasca Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. Goble topped the 5K skate field with a time of 16:11.7, finishing 13 seconds ahead of Northern Michigan's Nadine Matter. Henriette Semb finished ...

Ducks call up former Tech hockey player Blake Pietila

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks recalled former Michigan Tech hockey player Blake Pietila on Saturday. This is Pietila's first call-up with the Ducks after playing 38 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils from 2015-19. Pietila, of Brighton, Michigan, signed a one-year contract ...

Boys Basketball: Neguanee rolls past Hancock, 70-31

HANCOCK — The Negaunee Miners boys basketball team came to town on Monday and did what they do best – win basketball games. They defeated the Hancock Bulldogs easy handily with a 70-31 win. It was their ninth win in their perfect season so far. The Miners quickly poured in a 8-0 lead as ...