Here's a quick look at the sports stories on our radar today:
1) St. Paul is the center of the prep hockey universe today as the 2012 Boys' Hockey Tournament begins at XCel Energy Center. In Class A, Hermantown has been tabbed as the team to beat. In Class AA, Duluth East is the No. 1 seed. Here's 10 things to know about the tourney. And here's a column on how it split from one to two classes.
2) The sentimental favorite in Class AA this year? Hands down: Benilde-St. Margaret's, a team that'll be cheered on by Jack Jablonski -- and millions more.
3) Here's the good news on the Minnesota Wild: They finally scored a goal last night. It came in the third period, ending a 8-period spell without a single tally. The bad news? It came when they were already down 5-0 to the Colorado Avalanche. Final score: Avs 7, Wild 1. Freefall continues.
4) The Timberwolves are back in action tonight against Portland, looking to move two games over the .500 mark. If the Wolves win, it'll be their fifth straight win at home -- something they haven't done in five years. They also haven't defeated the Trail Blazers at Target Center in that same span.
5) In Hennepin County District Court, opening statements are expected today in the domestic assault trial of Vikings cornerback Chris Cook. Cook, 25, is accused of hitting and choking his girlfriend during an argument last October.