A Wild win, an unwild Wolves loss and the Austin Packers

Wild:

On Sunday night the Wild finally righted the ship with a big win over Vancouver by a score of 4-2 at the X.  The win by the Wild have now put them tied at the top of the Northwest Division with the Canucks with a total of 28 points and in the current scenario, the Wild are now the 3rd seed if the Western Conference Playoffs started today.

The Wild started the party just 24 seconds into the game when Zach Parise scored a goal to set the early tone.  Once again rookie Jason Zucker showed that little dudes who fly around are important as he scored his 4th goal of the season to give the Wild a 2-0 lead heading into the 2nd period.

Jared Spurgeon scored in the 2nd to give the good guys a 3-0 lead and that would prove to be the winning score after a pair of Vancouver goals and another from Parise. 

After struggling to start the season the Wild have bounced back with authority due to solid goaltending, scoring from the blue line and getting big boosts from the rookies Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin.  Notice that hotshot rookie Mikael Granlund was not mentioned?  That was because he was a healthy scratch tonight.

The last note…. Ryan Suter added two more assists and another 26:33 of ice time.  He now has 18 points this season, which is a very uncommon thing in the history of Wild defensive play.

 

Wolves:

Easter is approaching and the Wolves laid an egg on Sunday night versus Dallas at the Target Center in a 100-77 loss.  It was just one of those games where the team you cheered for sucked. This Dallas team is not close to being as good as they were two years ago when they won the NBA Championship but you wouldn't have known that tonight.

The Wolves only turned the ball over nine times but that wasn't a good thing.  That meant the Wolves were forced to shoot the ball, which they shot at a 36% clip.  So bad.

Recaps from the bloggers:

Dunking with the Wolves

Timberpups

Canis Hoopus

 

Austin Packers

On Saturday night my hometown Austin Packers boys basketball team defeated the Winona Winhawks by a score of 51-49 to advance to the section final next Friday night in Rochester.  This Austin squad which is now 27-0, has dominated all season yet was looking at the possibility of losing to the lower seeded Winona squad in a huge Spamtown USA upset.

Austin was down 49-46 with 1:40 left until Joe Aase hit a clutch outside three pointer that he shot right in the face of some poor Winhawk.  Those are the moments when the Alpha Dog has to step up and his three pointer was full of clutchness (if that's a word).

Austin would get the ball back with the game tied at 49 and then set up this play with 14 seconds left (notice, if Austin's Zach Wessels doesn't dive and hit the ball, there are a couple of Winona kids who will get to decide on who wants to make the breakaway layup)  Video courtesy of http://packerfastbreakclub.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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