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Minnesota Wild 2017-2018 Season Preview

In over a month, Halloween will be upon us. This seems like a strange start to the season preview of the state professional hockey team, but it’s related; the scariest costume to a Minnesotan is someone dressing up as Jake Allen. While I still have nightmares of Jake Allen making save after save against the desperate offense of the Minnesota Wild, I can move on knowing that it’s a new season with new Wild expectations. Let’s start with some farewells; forwards Jason Pominville, Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder and Alex Tuch and defenseman Marco Scandella are no longer members of the Wild. Pominville and Scandella, along with a third-round pick, were shipped off to Buffalo in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno and a fourth-round pick. Tuch was traded to the new expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a conditional third round pick, while Haula was picked… Keep Reading

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NCHC TV re-introduced as streaming service for most games

Following the streaming path being blazed by sports media outlets across the country, the NCHC has re-introduced and revamped the smartphone application, NCHC TV. The program also has the capability to stream all NCHC games live to computers, Roku’s, and Apple TVs. There are multiple different price points offered to acquire the service. For all access to all NCHC games over the course of the year, the price is $109.95, plus tax. There are also an array of other options available, including a $26.95 monthly pass as well as cheaper team-specific packages. These packages also include all locked content on the NCHC website. Available in the App Store and the Google Play Store, NCHC TV will upload post-game press conferences, pre-game interviews, in addition to other behind the scenes content. This will all be watchable on demand, on the website or on the app. The app is also an effective… Keep Reading

News/Sports

Wild’s faithful Finn seals two-year deal

In 2001 the Minnesota Wild began their second season in the NHL. This same year, 18-year-old Mikko Koivu pulled a green and white jersey over his head as the Minnesota Wild selected him in the sixth round of the NHL draft. In four short years, he officially began playing in the State of Hockey, with a team as young as him. He tallied 21 points in his debut season. If that wasn’t impressive enough, his stats improved drastically in the 2006-07 season, burying 20 goals and tallying 34 assists. These accomplishments placed him fifth in his team’s stats for points on-season, sitting behind only the popular names of teammates Brian Rolston, Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Not bad company to be in, in only his second season in the NHL. Over the years, this feisty Finn has won over the hearts of Minnesota hockey fans as not only… Keep Reading

Minnesota Twins Wildcard Playoffs
Sports/Sports Columns

From Losers to Believers: The Twins Transformed

Last year at this time the Minnesota Twins had lost over 100 games and would find themselves watching the October playoff magic from their TVs. This year, things have turned up for the Twins, who ended 85-77, placing 2nd in the American League Central. On Oct. 3 the Twins will face off against the New York Yankees in a single elimination game in the wild-card round. The odds are stacked against them – who under the former single team wild card system would not have made the playoffs. But the new rules from 2012 played into the Twins favor and they should do whatever they can with the opportunity. The Yankees, however, have a history of toppling the Twins playoff hopes year after year. In the last 15 seasons, the Twins and Yankees have faced off in 4 playoff series: 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010. In each series the Yankees… Keep Reading

SCSU Sports/Sports

SCSU Women’s Hockey defeats Korean National Team in unique game

The St. Cloud State Women’s hockey team kicked off their season with an exhibition game win on Friday night against the South Korean National Team. The Korean National Team is currently ranked 22nd in the World by the International Ice Hockey Federation. It’s the third time in the school program that SCSU’s women’s team faced an international competition. The Huskies were 1-1 in the previous two games but moved to 2-1 after Friday’s win. Eric Rud, the head coach of the Huskies, enters his 4th season at St Cloud State. His overall record as a coach for the Huskies is 30-69-9. His best season as coach came back in 2015-16 when he led the Huskies to a 13-18-4 record and finishing fifth in the WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association). Rud coaches a young Huskies team this season as they have 12 new players. The new players consist of nine freshmen,… Keep Reading

SCSU Sports/Sports

Huskies’ football makes a statement

With Bemidji State (2-2) winning earlier in the day St. Cloud State’s (3-1) lead in the NSIC North was cut to just a one game lead. A surprising late scratch of sophomore quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn who sat out with a previously unknown shoulder injury saw redshirt freshman Justin Czech get his first career start at Husky Stadium against Augustana University (2-2). The first drive of the game saw the Vikings convert two long third down attempts which helped them get into Husky territory, but the Vikings’ drive stalled and the Huskies came up with a huge fourth down stop. Czech would lean on the strength of his run game, but it was a 19-yard toss to leading Huskies junior receiver John Pass that helped get the ten play, 40-yard drive that would be capped off with a 46-yard field goal to give St. Cloud the 3-0 lead. The ensuing possession for… Keep Reading

Sports Columns

Fantasy Football: Week 1 Stud or Dud?

The first week of fantasy football is complete and what a week it was. Week 1 provided us with many shockers and hair pulling performances. The biggest takeaway of week one was the disappointing show by big name players in the league. A high number of top drafted players laid an egg in week 1. So, let’s dive into the Fantasy Stud or Dud of Week 1. Week 1 Fantasy Stud Alex Smith, Chiefs: Smith is known as a time management quarterback who doesn’t risk throwing the ball downfield. Well, in Week 1 he decided to play like his opposing team’s quarterback, Tom Brady. Smith went off in week one throwing for 368 yards and four touchdowns. His performance was good enough to score 30 points and be the top-ranked quarterback in fantasy football. Matthew Stafford, Lions: Stafford started off slow in week 1 but picked it up in the… Keep Reading

Sports Columns

JJ Watt’s Foundation exceeds expectations

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana hard on August 25. It was the first major hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The storm destroyed many people’s houses, businesses and lives. Many people were forced to leave their homes because of flooding. As the people left their home and evacuated to shelters, sports arenas and religious centers the supplies for the people ran low. The Evacuees were limited to bottled water and other essentials as stores didn’t have enough due to loosing supplies from the floods. Stepped in, JJ Watt defensive end for the Houston Texans, who started a relief fund in which he hoped to raise $200,000. Watt communicated with people through social media especially Twitter posting videos of updates and giving the people of Houston hope as they try to rebuild their city. From here on Watt became the voice for Houston, asking people… Keep Reading

Sports

Fantasy Football Draft Help

Another fantasy football season is upon us. It is a fresh start for everyone with optimistic feelings that this is their year to win their league. In this article we are going to look at the important positions for fantasy football and to see who you should be drafting and not drafting for your upcoming draft. Quarterbacks to draft Jameis Winston, Buccaneers: Entering his third season in the NFL, Winston looks to take the next step in his career. He threw for 28 touchdowns but also had 18 interceptions. The interceptions are a concern but the team acquired new weapons for him. The Florida State product has Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Cameron Brate and rookie tight end O.J Howard. Also, Winston is an underrated runner who can scamper for some yards which is a good weapon to have at the quarterback position. Carson Wentz, Eagles: Wentz, the former North Dakota… Keep Reading

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