Stars Lose 2-1

    The Dallas Stars had a chance to close out San Jose on Wednesday night at home, but lost 2-1 in Game 4 of the Western
Conference semifinals.
    The series resumes Friday in San Jose with Dallas leading 3-1.

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Getting Into Grandma’s

       Proceeds from an auctioned entry into the sold out 2008 Grandma’s Marathon or
Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon on June 21 will go to Duluth’s Heritage Hockey Center.
A link to the auction is at here.
    Bidding ends at 1:45 p.m.

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Stars Up 3-0

     Mattias Norstrom scored at 4:37 of overtime Tuesday night in Dallas,
giving the Stars a 2-1 win over the Sharks and a 3-0 lead in
their Western Conference semifinal series. Rookie defenseman Matt Niskanen assisted on the winning goal.

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Goucher Interview

     Duluthian Kara Wheeler of Portland, Ore., talks on camera after winning last week’s Oregon Relays women’s 5,000 meter race in Eugene. She discusses her plans for the U.S. Olympic Track Trials and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Goucher video interview

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Goucher Wins 5,000

     Kara Goucher of Portland, Ore., won the women’s 5,000-meter race Friday night at the Oregon Relays in 15:33.25 at Hayward Field in Eugene. Amy Yoder-Begley was second in 15:46.55.

     From Saturday’s Eugene Register-Guard:

     In the womens 5,000, Kara Goucher, the bronze medalist in the World Championships 10K last summer, turned in a strong performance as she pulled away from teammate Amy Yoder-Begley with about two laps to go to hit the tape in 15:33.25.

    Goucher, coached by Alberto Salazar, used Friday’s race as a tune-up for next week’s Cardinal Invitational, where she hopes to better the Olympic A qualifying standard of 31:45 in the 10,000.

     "I’ve been running 100 miles a week and feeling pretty dead, so the time was irrelevant today," Goucher said. "It was more about getting out there. Coming down here is the best. It’s hard to pass up an opportunity to run here whenever I have the chance."

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Kodiaks Advance

     The Camrose Kodiaks won a second straight Doyle Cup by defeating the Penticton Vees 4-2 Friday night in Penticton, British Columbia. Minnesota Duluth recruit Mike Connolly had third-period power-play goal for Camrose. The Kodiaks will represent the Pacific Region at the 2008 RBC Royal Bank Cup Canadian Junior A Championship starting May 4.

     Camrose of the Alberta Junior Hockey League won the series 4-1. The Kodiaks opened the scoring with an unassisted goal from Jesse Todd followed quickly by a shorthanded goal from Joe Colborne to lead 2-0 in the first period. Camrose took a 3-0 lead when Colborne scored his second of the night. The Vees made it 3-1 to enter the second intermission, but the Kodiaks regained a three-goal lead on Connolly’s goal.

    Colborne, a University of Denver recruit, is the leading scorer in the 2008 Doyle Cup with seven points in five games.

   The 2008 RBC Royal Bank Cup will be held in Cornwall, Ontario, from May 3-11.

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Jokinen No. 54

    The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau released its final North American rankings this week leading to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Forward Justin Jokinen of Carlton (a Minnesota State-Mankato recruit) is the top-ranked skater from Northeastern Minnesota at 54, while Minnetonka defenseman Jake Gardiner (headed to Wisconsin) is the top Minnesotan at No. 23.

     Others in the rankings include — Roseau defenseman and 2008 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Aaron Ness at No. 27, Denver recruit Joe Colborne of the Camrose Kodiaks at No. 28, Jake Youso of International Falls at No. 152, and Minnesota Duluth recruits Luke McManus of Rosemount at No. 161, Jake Hendrickson of Burnsville at 174 and John O’Neill of Anoka at 194. Drew LeBlanc of Hermantown is at 204. UMD recruit Brady Hjelle of International Falls is No. 17 among North American goalies.

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Camrose Closes In

    The Camrose Kodiaks defeated the Penticton Vees 3-1 Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Doyle Cup series in Penticton, British Columbia.

    Defending champion Camrose, of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, can clinch a fifth Doyle Cup title with a victory Friday in Penticton. The winner advances to the RCB Cup Canadian Junior A tournament.

     University of Denver recruit Shawn Ostrow and goalie Allen York were Wednesday’s heroes for Camrose. Ostrow made it 3-1 with a goal 1:59 into the third period and then York did the rest, stopping 15 shots in the third period – and 34 in total. Penticton led in shots 35-25. Dean Petiot and Joe Colborne got Camrose on the board in the first period. Ohio State recruit Zac Dalpe replied for the Vees later in the period.

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Camrose Shut Out

     The Penticton Vees shutout the Camrose Kodiaks 3-0 in Game 3 of the 2008 Doyle Cup on Tuesday night in Penticton, British Columbia. The Kodiaks hold a 2-1 series lead going into Wednesday’s game at Penticton Memorial Arena.

    The Vees scored goals just six seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead in the first period. Vees captain Brett Hextall scored twice including an empty-net goal in the third period.

     The best-of-seven series pits the Alberta Junior Hockey League champion against the British Columbia Hockey League champion. The winner will represent the Pacific Region at the 2008 RBC Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Championship in Cornwall, Ontario, on May 3-11.

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UMD Women Add Assistant

    Northeastern University women’s coach Laura Schuler will join the Minnesota Duluth staff of Shannon Miller as an assistant. Schuler replaces Julie Chu, who will be training with the United States women’s team leading to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    Schuler coached at Northeastern for four years and was 74-24-5. She previously played for Miller on the 1998 Canadian Olympic team.

    Schuler, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, spent four seasons with the Huskies, including a 7-24-3 mark last season with a young Northeastern squad. Prior to coaching at her alma mater Northeastern, Schuler spent three years building a program at Massachusetts-Boston and was named the ECAC East Coach of the Year after leading the Beacons to a 13-12-1 record and an ECAC semifinal appearanace in 2003-04.

     As a collegiate player at Northeastern she had 64 goals and 57 assists for 121 points.
     Also, Virginia native Steve Sertich (women’s coach at Bemidji State) has been named an assistant for the U.S. Women’s Under-22 team for an annual three-game Under-22 Series with Canada, to take place in Canada from August 20-23. Head coach is Jackie Barto.

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