• Alex Illikainen, a highly recruited basketball player from Grand Rapids, was one of the big stars as the Howard Pulley team won seven games last weekend in the Pulley Invitational of the Twin Cities tournament. The Gopher Illustrated website reported that Illikainen hit seven of 12 shots and scored 20 points in the title-winning game against All Iowa Attack. Also doing well with the Howard Pulley team in the tournament was Hopkins’ Amir Coffey, who had 16 points and eight rebounds in the title game.
• Former Gopher Thomas Vanek has three goals and three assists in seven playoff games for the Montreal Canadiens. … For the New York Rangers, Hastings native Derek Stepan has two goals and two assists in 11 playoff games; former Cretin-Derham Hall standout Ryan McDonagh has one assist but leads the Rangers in ice time at 24 minute, 53 seconds per game.
• Former Gopher Hassan Mead, who competes for the Oregon Track Club Elite, finished second in the 5,000-meter run at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday. He ran a time of 13:02.80, only six-hundredths of a second behind winner Ben True. Mead’s time is the second-fastest time in the 5,000 meter run in the world this year.
• Going into Wednesday night’s game, the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings’ starting rotation had gone 3-1 over their past eight games, with five quality starts and a 1.71 ERA over 47⅓ innings pitched. … Chris Parmelee had an 18-game on-base streak for the Red Wings before it was stopped Tuesday night. During that streak he was hitting. 394. In the International League, Parmelee is tied for fourth in home runs (seven), tied for fourth in total bases (64), tied for fifth in RBI (23) and tied for sixth in hits (36).
• Wild prospect Matt Dumba has 13 goals and 26 assists in 44 games for the Portland Winterhawks this season. The 6-foot, 182-pound defenseman had eight goals and 16 assists in 26 regular-season games and has five goals and 10 assists in 18 playoff games.
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