Twins, Wolves, Wild All In Action On Busy Monday Night
The Minnesota sports fan enjoyed the rare treat of three of the four major sports teams in town all in action last night, and two pulled out wins.
We’ll start with the Twins, who snapped a five game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the Angels at a chilly Target Field. Although the Twins trailed early, their bats would come alive as the game progressed. Joe Mauer led the charge at the plate going 4-for-5 with that homer and three RBI’s. Trevor Plouffe also homered in the game and the twins collected a whopping 12 hits. The 8-2 victory was in the opening game of the series though, so the Twins will try for another win tonight at 7:10. Once again, that game will be heard on Cool Country 100.9.
While the Twins were snapping their losing streak, the Minnesota Wild did the same on Monday night winning at Calgary 4-3. The third period was action packed as the two teams combined for five goals. The Wild led 4-1, but withstood a late rally and held on to collect their 23rd win of the season. Minnesota got two goals from Jason Pominville, and a goal a piece from Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Goalie Niklas Backstrom went the distance and had 23 saves.
The night wouldn’t have been complete without the Minnesota Timberwolves, although they lost at Target Center to Utah 96-80. It was fan appreciation night as it was the team’s final home game this season. The Wolves had a chance to post their first winning record at home since 2005-06, but it didn’t seem to matter. This team has played hard for coach Rick Adelman all season but here it did feel a bit like the Wolves were sleepwalking.
Minnesota trailed 16-2 in the opening minutes and was never able regain the lead. Derrick Williams was the highlight with a team high 18 points and an incredible rim shaking ally-oop dunk in the third quarter. The Wolves season will come to an end tomorrow night in San Antonio.