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No. 2 Maryland tops Minnesota 93-60 to clinch 1st place tie
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Second-ranked Maryland clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, beating Minnesota 93-60 Sunday on a special day for senior stars Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.
Jones had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Walker-Kimbrough tallied 27 points and six assists. Following their final regular-season home game, both players had their jersey numbers lifted to the rafters of the arena to honor their contributions to the program over the past four years.
Before that ceremony, the entire team posed with the trophy marking Maryland’s third regular-season Big Ten title since joining the league three years ago. This week, the Terrapins (27-2, 15-1) will set out to win the conference tournament for the third year in a row.
Maryland will enter as the second seed if Ohio State defeated Rutgers later on Sunday. Although the Terrapins will be recognized as the regular season co-champions, the Buckeyes would be the No. 1 seed by virtue of their 98-87 victory over Maryland on Monday.
Eager to rebound from its second loss of the season and send their seniors out in style, the Terp wasted little time taking control against the struggling Golden Gophers (14-15, 5-11).
AP Source: Wild acquire Hanzal in trade with Coyotes
UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the trade says the Minnesota Wild have acquired Czech center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Details on the return to Arizona were not immediately available.
Hanzal was considered one of the top rental players available ahead of Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline. The 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season and 313 points in 608 NHL games, all with the Coyotes.
The move signals an aggressive approach from the Wild, who lead the Central Division and Western Conference by three points over the Chicago Blackhawks.
College hockey player leaves penalty box to attack referee
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) – An Erie Community College hockey player left the penalty box and attacked a referee Sunday, ending the school’s 7-4 loss to Dakota College of Bottineau in the final National Junior College Athletic Association championship game.
Freshman defenseman Brandon Day went after the referee with 39 seconds left and the officials decided to end the game at that point.
Bottineau won its 10th title, beating Erie in the championship for the second straight year. Erie won in 2015.
Harrison Aide gave Bottineau a 5-4 lead with a power-play goal at 39 seconds of the third period. Charles Joly and Andrew Carriere finished the scoring.
The game marked the end of the NJCAA hockey championship, with the competition being dropped because of a lack of teams.
Grace Zumwinkle of Breck School named Ms. Hockey for 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Grace Zumwinkle, a senior forward on the Breck School girls’ hockey team, has been named the winner of the 22nd annual Ms. Hockey Award.
The award, presented to the top senior girls’ high school hockey player in Minnesota by the newspaper Let’s Play Hockey, is based on academics, on-ice performance, community and extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.
Zumwinkle is the first player from Breck to be named Ms. Hockey. She helped the Mustangs to a 19-6-3 record and the No. 2 ranking in Class A.
Breanna Blesi of Maple Grove was named senior goalie of the year. She helped the Crimson grab the No. 5 ranking in Class AA and a 22-5-1 overall record.
The awards were presented Sunday at the annual Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet.