Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits first series with No. 3 Notre Dame in thrilling fashion

first_imgThe No. 16 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-6, 1-3 Big Ten) split a home series this past weekend against No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1-1, 4-1-1).Friday night, UW handed the Fighting Irish their first loss of the season in an intensely competitive 3–0 victory where the Badger defense could do no wrong.Saturday was a fast-paced back-and-forth affair, and ultimately, the Badgers fell 5–4 during a hectic overtime period.Wisconsin has had one of the toughest schedules in all of college hockey to open the year, so it was an important weekend. Notre Dame was their sixth series against a ranked opponent in the early going, and a series split kept the Badgers at .500. Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin’s inconsistencies lead to split series on road against No. 19 OmahaThe No. 15 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (5-5-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) split their weekend series for the second Read…Friday night was an all-around show for UW’s defensive end and goalie Daniel Lebedeff. It was Lebedeff’s first shutout of the 2019-20 season, but he only had to make 22 saves to do it.The Irish simply didn’t get many chances to put anything past Lebedeff, and when they did, he was there to shut it down.The Badgers, on the other hand, were able to put 32 shots on net. Notre Dame goalkeeper Cale Morris had a relatively solid game, but Wisconsin capitalized on power plays and fast breaks as a result of their smothering defense to sneak three by him.The first came at 17:10 in the first period when freshman Cole Caufield found the back of the net on a K’Andre Miller rebound. It was Caufield’s ninth goal of the season.In the second period, Roman Ahcan scored from the low slot on an assist from freshman phenom Alex Turcotte. The power-play goal gave the Badgers a 2–0 lead heading into the final period.Turcotte, who assisted on both early goals Friday and one on Saturday, has now recorded a point in each of Wisconsin’s last four games.Late in the final period, Linus Weissbach ripped twine on an empty-netter to seal the win for UW with a final tally of 3–0.Men’s Hockey: No. 12 Badgers routed in away series against No. 6 Penn StateAfter a strong start to the 2019-2020 campaign, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-4-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) has Read…Saturday was undoubtedly one of the most exciting games college hockey has put forth thus far in 2019.Just 34 seconds after the puck dropped, Notre Dame’s Trevor Janicke found himself free with a loose puck and sent it home from just outside the crease.At 6:37, UW forward Dylan Holloway finished off a beautifully run 3-on-2 breakaway to bring things back even at 1–1. Just under five minutes later, a scrum for the puck saw Notre Dame’s Cam Burke sneak a shot underneath Lebedeff to retake the lead. Another gridlock ensued after Weissbach found the back of the net for Wisconsin on another fast break.Heading into the first intermission, it was all even at 2–2.The Badgers had a couple of opportunities to score in the second, but couldn’t capitalize. The Irish killed off a UW power play to start the period, and a great save by Notre Dame’s Morris against Caufield denied Wisconsin any chance to put up a score.The only goal in the period came on Jesse Lansdell tip-in, which gave Notre Dame a 3–2 lead heading into the third.Men’s Hockey: Crease Creatures craziest student section in hockeyThe No. 7 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-2-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) has impressed in a major way through Read…The Badgers found their first lead of the night after two unanswered goals from Wyatt Kalynuk and Miller put them up 4–3. Notre Dame managed to come up clutch — just as they’ve done all season long — and with seven minutes remaining, Colin Theisen evened the score at four apiece.Both sides locked in on defense after Theisen’s goal, and that meant free hockey in Madison.Unfortunately, luck just wasn’t on Wisconsin’s side in extra time. Morris halted a one-on-none Caufield breakaway, and the Irish turned it around as Alex Steeves got his second goal of the year to win it for Notre Dame 5–4.It was a great weekend of hockey in Madison, and the Badgers shouldn’t be discouraged. They fought hard against one of the best teams in the NCAA and just came up short in game two. That doesn’t take away from the success they had Friday night and won’t hurt their playoff chances later in the year.Next up, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for their most intense rivalry of the year against a dangerous unranked Minnesota Gophers squad. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

#TheTracker: Atanga scores and creates three as Kiel thump Salmrohr

first_imgGhanaian forward David Atanga made a statement in his full debut for German Bundesliga two outfit Holstein Kiel, recording a goal and three assists to lead them to a 0 – 6 win over Salmrohr in the DFB Pokal round of 32.The 22 year old former Ghana U – 20 international made the move to Kiel this summer after excelling on loan at Greuther Furth from parent club Red Bull Salzburg.Having signed a 3 year deal, Atanga made his full debut in the DFB Pokal having sat out Kiel’s opening league game of the season against Sandhausen before making an appearance off the bench against Darmstadt.After setting up the only goal of the opening 45 minutes Atanga continued to dominate in a manner that saw his teammate Baku record a hat-trick in the process.Following his stellar output it remains to be seen if he will command more first team football.last_img read more

Corey Seager’s two home runs lead Dodgers past Giants

first_imgPuig hit a ground ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford that allowed Barnes to score from third base. The next batter, Chris Taylor, continued his own hot July with an RBI double. The score was tied, 4-4, and the stage was set for Seager’s go-ahead home run.“You look at quality of at-bat, quality of contact, even in the last month he’s hit the ball really hard,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Seager. “Squaring it up and lining out, hitting balls to the track – it kind of gets distorted a little bit because you don’t see the hits or getting rewarded. But every time he’s in the box I think he’s going to get a hit.”The rally made a winner of Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood (12-1), who allowed only a solo home run to Crawford over the first six innings.In the seventh inning, San Francisco sandwiched four hits around Seager’s throwing error to score three runs. The only sure-fire hit was a double to dead center by Gorkys Hernandez, which allowed Nick Hundley to score the Giants’ fourth and final run.Like Seager, Wood seemed more free than usual to reflect upon his mistakes. A win has that effect on a man.“It’s nice when you come out losing 4 to 2 and know that our lineup’s probably going to score a couple runs,” Wood said. “It’s been fun to watch.”Wood (12-1) was charged with four runs, all earned, in seven innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. A change to his tempo – “I was getting stuck in the middle of my windup,” Wood said – made a noticeable difference compared to his most recent start, his only loss of the season in which the Atlanta Braves scored nine runs in five innings.Brandon Morrow pitched a flawless eighth inning and Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth, recording his 26th save.The Giants are the National League’s second-worst team by record. At 40-64, they are an unfathomable 32½ games out of first place with more than a third of the season left to play.Yet somehow they began the day with six wins in 10 head-to-head games against the Dodgers this season. When San Francisco took the lead in the seventh inning, a pair of conflicting narratives came to a head: the unpredictability of a century-long rivalry and whatever magic the Dodgers ascribe to their summer swell.Ultimately, Seager gained his atonement. The Dodgers conquered another demon, real or perceived. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they’ve won 51 consecutive games after leading at any point. That is a major league record. Mistakes like that don’t always stick with a player beyond the moment but “that one did,” Seager said. “That one was hard to move on from. That one, you know, you can accept it if it it’s something that you actually did – you actually made the mistake – but when it slips out of your hand that hurts a little bit more. You’ve got to move on. You’ve got to keep playing.”In the end, Seager could laugh about it. If he looked more excited than usual rounding the bases in the seventh inning, it’s because he was.“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Seager said. “That normally doesn’t happen. That was a fun one, though.”After the Giants quieted the announced crowd of 51,426 in the top of the seventh, a response was needed. Austin Barnes led off the bottom of the inning with a walk against Moore. With one out, Joc Pederson doubled to right-center field, sending Barnes to third base.When Yasiel Puig was announced as a pinch-hitter, Giants manager Bruce Bochy summoned right-handed reliever George Kontos to face the Dodgers’ slugger. The numbers say it was a curious choice; Puig has one home run and a .167 batting average against left-handers this year; 18 home runs and a .285 average against righties. LOS ANGELES >> That low hum in the background of the Dodgers’ current hot streak – six straight wins, 37 in their last 43 – is the bat of Corey Seager. He’s been held hitless only three times in 20 July games. His All-Star-worthy statistics are a byproduct of consistency, not streakiness.Occasionally, there are games like Friday’s.Seager greeted San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Moore with a solo home run in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 6-4 win. His two-run blast against Josh Osich broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh. It was Seager’s sixth career multi-homer game, in a month that’s seen his batting average go from .294 to .293 – a steadiness that eludes most 23-year-olds.Seager also was responsible for the Dodgers’ only error Friday, an inexplicably bad throw that allowed the Giants to rally from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott downplays Mitch Kupchak’s refusal to offer public vote of confidence

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It was good,” Scott said after practice on Thursday at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “Our conversation was a good conversation.”Scott then downplayed speculation about the meaning of Kupchak’s refusal to comment on him publicly. Scott has two years left on his contract worth $8.5 million, and has overseen the Lakers going a combined 32-105 with 27 games left in his second season. “You guys are going to speculate anyway,” Scott said, referring to media members. “So what the hell?”Still, Scott admitted that “everybody’s being evaluated.” Moments earlier, Scott outlined how he will evaluate himself through the Lakers’ 27 remaining games. “If they are buying into what I’m talking about they have to do on a night-to-night basis to get better and be in this league for a long time,” Scott said. “If our communication is still going great and they understand I want the best for those guys to play for their very best. I’m still going to be a little tough on them as I always have been. I’m going to demand a lot from them. But at the end of the day, if they know I got their back and I’m doing all this for the right reasons, which is to make them better basketball players and make them professionals in this league for long periods of time, then I’ve done my job.” Through all the losses, Lakers coach Byron Scott still clung to a conversation he had during his job interview that left him encouraged.Scott often shared that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss asked him how much patience he had for a potentially long-term rebuilding process. Scott indicated he did, and then asked Kupchak and Buss how much patience they had. Scott reported everyone understood it was a long process.Yet, the Lakers’ patience could have worn thin. Kupchak declined to talk about Scott on Wednesday before reciting that he remains under contract in a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. But even without Kupchak offering a public vote of confidence, Scott still expressed confidence about his standing after talking with Kupchak on Wednesday afternoon.center_img No one on the Lakers (11-44) are happy with having the Western Conference’s worst record or missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year. No one can dispute that the Lakers rank 27th out of 30 NBA teams in total defense (106.1 points allowed). No one has debated the challenges Kobe Bryant has encountered with his health in his 20th and final NBA season.But Scott defended himself and how he has handled the Lakers’ young players, most notably D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. “You guys call it tough love. I just call it being disciplined,” Scott said. “This is what I expect from you and this is what I want. If I’m not getting it on a night-to-night basis, then I have to look at a different direction. Those guys understand what I’m doing and they understand what I want from them on a night-to-night basis.”In early January, Randle expressed frustration on the bench after being yanked in a closing minutes of a game. In subsequent games, Scott criticized Randle’s maturity level and consistency. But Randle has started the past 13 games amid limitations to Larry Nance Jr. and has averaged 12.8 points and 11.8 rebounds. “I’m just bringing my energy and effort every game,” Randle said. “Whether the shots are falling for me or not, I know there’s certain things that I can control. Usually when I do those, everything else falls into place.”Russell had acknowledged feeling confused over his role and losing his starting position 20 games into the 2015-16 season. But Russell has since downplayed the importance of that. Russell has also shown marked improvement. Russell’s season-long averages of 12.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting, 3.3 assists and 2.4 turnovers nearly mirrors his monthly contributions. But both Scott and Russell have reported improvement in his decision-making. Scott plans both to start Russell and to have him on the floor to close games. But Russell won’t start in Friday’s contest against San Antonio at Staples Center. “Next time I put him in starting lineup, he’ll get a chance unless he’s playing terrible,” Scott said. “If he’s playing reasonably well, he’ll get a chance to close them out.”Quotable“Our conversation was a good conversation.” — Lakers coach Byron Scott on his recent talk with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchaklast_img read more