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Men’s hockey: No. 2 MSU Mankato breaks away from St. Thomas in third period

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Once again, there was no mistaking who the better team was on Thursday night at St. Thomas Ice Arena as No. 2-ranked Minnesota State Mankato beat St. Thomas 5-1. But through two periods, those on hand were reminded that the best team doesn’t always win.

The Tommies led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play and trailed only 2-1 heading into the third period before Minnesota State pulled away late.

The teams played a home-and-home series in November, with the Mavericks winning 9-0 and 5-0. Despite winning just two of their first 24 games, the Tommies were determined to show that the team has made legitimate progress in the past two months.

“We’re so much better than we were the last time we played them,” said Tommies senior left winger Joey Sofo, who scored St. Thomas’ goal. “I’d say since Christmas our team is heading in the right direction. I thought we played good for probably 55 minutes.”

Minnesota State improved to 22-5 overall and 16-3 in the CCHA while the Tommies fell to 2-23 and 2-17 in the CCHA.

The teams play again Saturday night in Mankato, an outdoor game at the Mavericks’ football stadium as part of Hockey Day Minnesota.

“The first time we played them they really took it to us,” St. Thomas coach Rico Blasi said. “We made them earn it this time. We were a lot more determined. It shows the growth of our program. We’re gaining some experience as we continue to grow the program.

“We’re not doing things we did earlier in the season when we’d just blow up. We’re staying focused. We had a couple of lapses in the second and third period, but overall I thought we played some of our best hockey of the season.”

The Tommies scored on their first shot on goal of the game. While that is not unusual, the time of it was: it came with just over two minutes to play in the first period. Minnesota State finished the period with a 12-1 advantage in shots, but the Tommies had a 1-0 lead.

Sofo picked up his first goal of the season on a power play when he beat Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay on a slap shot from the blue line.

The Mavericks tied the game early in the second period when defenseman Jack McNeely, a senior from Lakeville, beat Tommies goaltender Jacob Berger on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.

Minnesota State scored again three minutes later on a power-play goal by defenseman Akito Hirose.

The Tommies had a pair of power plays early in the third period but were unable to get the game-tying goal despite some decent pressure on McKay. The Mavericks took over from there.

Another drubbing at the hands of the Mavericks would have taken a little of the fun out of getting to play outdoors when the teams meet again Saturday. But it will be special regardless.

“It’s just a dream come true,” Sofo said. “It’s something you see on TV growing up as a kid. I’ve been to two Winter Classics, and now to get to do it in the ‘State of Hockey’ is one of the coolest things.”

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UCF offers Daytona Beach Mainland 2024 safety Zay Mincey

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The last few players rom Daytona Beach Mainland High to play for UCF turned out to be quite productive. Knights coaches are hoping 2024 safety Zavier “Zay” Mincey is next.

Mincey was offered a scholarship by UCF on Tuesday, one of numerous offers the big defensive back — 6-foot-3, 190 pounds — has picked up recently. Mincey now has 13 offers from schools including Auburn, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, so the Knights have their work cut out for them to win him over,

Mincey, a multi-sport standout, competed at the Florida Track and Field Championships in Gainesville this past week. He didn’t have his best performances, but finished 10th in the long jump (21 feet, 4¾ inches) and 11th in the high jump (5 feet, 11½ inches).

Last season for Mainland, Mincey averaged 3.2 tackles per game and had 1 tackle for loss. He also had 2 interceptions and 6 pass deflections.

The recent history of success for Mainland players at UCF was highlighted by the self-proclaimed fastest man in college football Adrian Killins, who finished his UCF career as the fifth-best rusher in UCF history with 2,459 career rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Killins was last in the NFL as a roster player with the Denver Broncos. He is a free agent.

Offensive tackle Marcus Tatum also had a solid stay at UCF after transferring from Tennessee. Tatum earned all-AAC honors in each of his final two seasons as a Knight. Tatum recently signed a free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The Staircase Episode 5: May 19 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

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The Staircase Episode 5: May 19 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

An American crime drama mini-series, The Staircase, will release its 5th episode on May 19th. The episode titled “The Beating Heart” would air on HBO Max. The true-crime drama is created by Antonio Campos and stars Colin Firth and Toni Collette as the main protagonist. The drama is based on the famous Michel Peterson trial.

Produced by Annapurna Television, What’s up Films, and Emi pop, the mini-series is distributed by Warner Bros Discovery Global Streaming & Interactive Entertainment. Michael Stuhlbarg, Sophie Turner, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DdeJonge, Patrick Schwarzeneggar, and Rosemarie DeWitt assist Firth and Collette in their roles play important characters in the drama.

Here’s all you need to know before watching the episode.

Michael Peterson Trial

Based on a true crime story and the docuseries by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade with the same name; the Staircase premiered on HBO Max on May 5th; and received great, positive reception for the stellar cast performances (especially by Firth).

It is based on the Michael Peterson trial, which was a pretty deal as it remains one of the longest trials in the history of North Carolina. In 2001, Peterson’s wife, Kathleen, was reported by him to be found unconscious; at the bottom of the stairs in their home in Durham, North Carolina.

She was later declared dead, and her autopsy result showed that she died of several injuries that hint at homicide.

Peterson was bisexual; and that upon finding his sexuality and his adultery with another male, Kathleen had confronted him. And in a bid of rage, he had killed her. The American novelist was arrested on the charge of murdering his wife in 2001.

In 2003, he was guilty and was sentenced to life in prison, getting released in 2011.

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The Staircase Episode 5: What To Expect? Plot Speculation 

The eight-episode mini series following the trial and appeal period of Michael Peterson will be releasing its 5th episode coming May 19th.

The last episode saw the trial reaching its final verdict; with Elizabeth Ratliff’s autopsy result coming to the forefront, giving the whole case a new perspective. Ratliff have injuries similar to Kathleen; and it is proven that Peterson is the last person to be with her before she was found dead the next morning.

It leads to further doubts in Martha and Margaret, Elizabeth’s daughters and Michael’s adoptive daughters, who have started to turn against him.

The next episode (episode 5) will have the viewers see the consequences of the verdict that Peterson; and his family would be dealing with and the full aftermath of the jury’s decision.

On the other hand, the last episode also left viewers at a stump when it revealed during the 2017 documentary interview that Sophie Brunet has been with Peterson for the past 12 years.

When And Where To Watch Episode 5? 

Episode 5 of The Staircase will release and available to stream on HBO max on May 19th, Thursday at 3 AM ET.

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2 killed in Anoka crash that following police pursuit

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ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Two men died after fleeing from an attempted traffic stop and later crashing into a pickup truck in Anoka County, sheriff’s officials said.

Police in Coon Rapids tried to make the traffic stop shortly before midnight Tuesday. The driver took off and police pursued the car, but broke off the chase once the vehicle crossed into Anoka.

Officials said the car and pickup collided about a mile away. The force of the crash took down at least three light poles, according to witnesses.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. His passenger died at a nearby hospital. The driver of the pickup was treated for minor injuries. The victims have not been identified.

The crash remains under investigation by the Anoka Police Department, Coon Rapids Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

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