2/21/22 Sports Update

— The Minnesota Wild scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-3 win over the Oilers in Edmonton. Kevin Fiala led Minnesota with two goals and three points as the team got out to a 6-1 lead in the second. Brandon Duhaime, Joel Eriksson Ek, Connor Dewar, Matt Boldy, and Mats Zuccarello also lit the lamp for the Wild, who end a two-game losing streak with the win. Minnesota improves to 31-13-and-3 with the win, and they visit the Senators tomorrow.

— The Minnesota Vikings are rounding out Kevin O’Connell’s coaching staff. ESPN reports that the team has selected Rams passing game coordinator Wes Phillips to be the offensive coordinator for Minnesota in 2022. Phillips is the son of former NFL head coach Wade Phillips, and he had been on the Rams staff since 2019. The 43-year-old is set to become the Vikings’ sixth OC in six seasons.

— Karl-Anthony Towns is taking home some new hardware after a successful All-Star weekend at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Towns won the three-point shooting contest on Saturday night, knocking down 29 shots from beyond the round in the final round to beat Trae Young and Luke Kennard. Towns became the first Wolves player to win the contest since Kevin Love won it in 2012. Yesterday, Towns scored nine points in the All-Star Game for Team Durant. The Timberwolves will return to the hardwood to take on the Grizzlies at home on Thursday.

— The Minnesota Gophers are back above .500 after a 77-60 win over Northwestern at the Barn on Saturday. Minnesota was in the driver’s seat early, taking a sixteen-point lead to halftime. Luke Loewe poured in 24 points, while Jamison Battle chipped in with 21. The 13-and-12 Gophers improve to 4-and-12 in the Big Ten, and they host number-16 Wisconsin on Wednesday.

— In college hockey action this weekend, Minnesota swept Penn State in a two-game series, UMD lost both of its games again North Dakota, St. Cloud State was swept in a two-game set against Omaha, Mankato got two wins against Bemidji State, and St. Thomas split a pair of games with Lake Superior State.