Bayside Chatter: Women shine on big stageThe UMD women won their fifth national hockey championship in Minneapolis Sunday with a 3-2 three overtime victory over Cornell. Cornell, who had never had a winning season before, gave the Dogs all they could handle.
By: Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
The UMD women won their fifth national hockey championship in Minneapolis Sunday with a 3-2 three overtime victory over Cornell. Cornell, who had never had a winning season before, gave the Dogs all they could handle.
The WCHA has now won all 10 NCAA division I hockey championships, with half of them going to UMD. Libby Guzzo, a former Mariner, is a member of the UMD team.
Former Mariner Kyla Thorne, playing three sports for Rainy River Community College in International Falls, was named to second team All-Tournament at the Division II club hockey national championships.
The UMD men came up just short of making the field for the 2010 men’s hockey tournament. Sixteen teams get in and UMD came in at No. 17. Ferris State and Michigan State were in the top 16, but also got bumped out due to automatic qualifiers going to Alabama-Huntsville and RIT for winning their conference tournaments. Four WCHA teams in Denver, Wisconsin, St. Cloud and North Dakota made it into the tourney. Miami of Ohio is the top seed, followed by Denver, Wisconsin, Boston College, North Dakota and St. Cloud. Play begins today at four regional sites. I’m going with the hottest team right now in North Dakota.
High school basketball
Lakeville North in 4A, DeLaSalle in 3A, Hawley in 2A and the Northern Freeze in A all entered the girls state basketball tournament undefeated. Only Lakeville North emerged unscathed. Benilde/St. Margaret’s in 3A, Minnehaha Academy in 2A and Barnum in A came out as the other state champions. The last time a team from northeastern Minnesota won a title in girl’s basketball was 1984.
The boy’s state basketball tournament began this week with Grand Rapids in AAA and Mesabi East in A as the only entrants from this region.
The 13th annual battle for the Silver Cup came to a conclusion with the Maple Leafs defeating the Canadians 10-2 in the championship game. Warren Carter led the Leafs with a hat trick and Nate Breden and Bradley Rowlee each had two goals. The Red Wings beat the Blackhawks 7-4 for third place with two empty net goals. Members of the winning team who get their names engraved on the Cup are Nate Breden, Ryan Breden, Jake Topp, Ryan DeShaw, Carter, Biz Huss, Jim Roy, Dave Wieben, Tim Miller, Taylor Guzzo, Jessica Hipple, Bradley Rowlee and Isaac Bulen along with top goalie Alexi Warnecke. Rowlee is the only person this season who got his name on both the Silver Cup and the Rink Rat Trophy.
Minnesota state youth hockey champions decided last weekend were Woodbury in Bantam A, Tartan in Bantam B, Edina in Peewee A, Edina Green in Peewee B, Edina in 14U A, Wayzata in 14U B, Eden Prairie in 12U A and Champlin Park in 12U B.