Minnesota Duluth will celebrate its second consecutive NCAA men’s hockey championship on Tuesday night at Romano Gymnasium on campus, an event that is free and open to the public.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and will include a recognition ceremony followed by a team autograph session. The 2011, ’18 and ’19 national championship trophies will also be on display for photo opportunities.
The event also will be livestreamed at nchc.tv/umd and on Twitter via Periscope.
The Bulldogs won this year’s championship on Saturday night, beating Massachusetts 3-0 in Buffalo, N.Y. UMD captain Parker Mackay was named Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player.
Gophers baseball beats Illinois
The Gophers baseball team scored two runs in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to rally for a 5-4 victory over Illinois at Siebert Field on Monday, averting an Illini sweep in the three-game series.
Drew Hmielewski hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning to get the Gophers (15-18, 7-5 Big Ten) within 4-2, and he scored on a two-out double by Cole McDevitt.
In the eighth, Hmielewski’s groundout scored Zack Raabe with the go-ahead run. That came after Illini reliever Nathan Lavender walked the bases loaded, before Sean Leland came in and promptly hit Eli Wilson with a pitch to force in the tying run.
Nick Lackney pitched 3⅔ innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Brett Schulze earned the save with a perfect ninth inning against Illinois (22-12, 3-6).
• Dick Mielke, a key member of the Gophers baseball national championship team in 1964, died March 29. He was 75. A Hutchinson High School graduate, Mielke went 7-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 1964 as the Gophers won their third national title in eight years. After the season, he signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles, but a hand injury soon ended his playing career.
U softball honors
The Gophers won two Big Ten weekly softball awards, with MaKenna Partain named player of the week and Amber Fiser pitcher of the week.
In two home victories over Michigan State on Sunday, Partain, a second baseman, had three doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI, three runs and two stolen bases.
Fiser won both games, tying her career high with 13 strikeouts in a Game 1 complete game, then striking out seven more in 3⅓ innings of relief in Game 2. The junior has been named pitcher of the week three times this season.