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While so many are focused on their basketball brackets, it’s college hockey fans filling both downtown areas Saturday. St. Paul is hosting the Big Ten Conference tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, while Minneapolis has the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament at Target Center. Forget March Madness, for these fans it’s all about the ice.
Mark Zengerle’s rebound goal in overtime lifted Wisconsin to a 5-4 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night in the inaugural Big Ten hockey championship game, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Zengerle and Nic Kerdiles each had two assists, and the Badgers (24-10-2) won for the 10th time in 12 games. This one required a serious rally as Wisconsin trailed 4-2 with 6:52 remaining in regulation after Tanner Fritz scored for the Buckeyes.
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It seems like Demi Lovato is everywhere these days — whether it’s prominently featured on Top 40 charts, among the New York Times bestsellers list, on the hit show “Glee” or as an official ambassador for We Day. And yet, her fans can’t seem to get enough.
Famed boy band Backstreet Boys hope Twin Cities fans won’t show them the meaning of being lonely when they swing through St. Paul this summer. Xcel Energy Center announced the Boys would quit playing games with your heart and bring their “In a World Like This” concert tour to the venue for a Tuesday, June 10 show.
As the boys state hockey tournament skates into the Xcel Energy Center, it’s another showdown in St. Paul that some high school athletes are fighting to win. Lawmakers are wondering if some students and their parents are going too far to gain a competitive edge.
The boy’s state hockey tournament starts Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Every year, it’s the place to see many of Minnesota’s top players. This year, after it’s over, a surprising number of those top players will be heading off to play in college at schools that aren’t anywhere near Minnesota.
When the puck drops Wednesday morning at Xcel Energy Center, it’ll mark one of the most exciting and entertaining weeks of state tournament action. Between two classes, 16 of the top boys high school hockey teams in Minnesota will converge on St. Paul this week.
The Boys State Hockey Tournament is next week at Xcel Energy Center, and one of the most recognizable names in Minnesota hockey will lead his team to St. Paul. This will be the last year that’s the case for Tyler Nanne with the Edina Hornets.
The state’s top high school wrestlers will invade St. Paul this week for the State Wrestling Tournament, one of the most chaotic in the winter state tournament season. Xcel Energy Center is the host, and once the team competition commences Thursday morning, it’s non-stop action over eight mats for three days.
Two music icons on one stage — no doubt a concert that fans will remember forever. But when it comes to giving these legends a gift to remember Minnesota, it could certainly pose a challenge.
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile was taken to a hospital Thursday after being struck in the face by an errant puck during the team’s morning skate at Minnesota, and he was staying there overnight for observation and evaluation.
When he’s not busy bringing Sexy Back, chances are, you may find Justin Timberlake indulging in one of his favorite pastimes — at the golf course.
It’s your last chance to see an iconic band before it’s too late. Mötley Crüe has announced plans for their final tour before they head into official retirement.