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

Angels lose two more players in wild loss to Mariners

first_imgSign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Parker gave up an inherited run in the seventh, and he would have given up another if not for an unusual sequence in which the Angels got the third out at the plate. But Parker gave up a tying homer to Ryon Healy in the eighth.Oliver Drake, the Angels’ last available reliever, was on the mound in the ninth, when Haniger ended the game with his third homer in two days.“These guys battled back and got us a lead,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “It says a lot for those guys. Unfortunately, it was one of those days our bullpen was stretched a bit. We had to use them a lot and we just couldn’t get it done at the end.”The bullpen was stretched because Richards came out after just two innings.Richards said he had felt some discomfort in his hamstring in his last start, but it had gotten better in the days since. His fastball, normally 96-97 mph, was down to 93-94 as he gave up two runs on four straight hits in the second.“It wasn’t really bothering me till I got out there today,” Richards said. “It was something that was preventing me from working out over my front side. Everything else feels fine.”Richards said he’s expecting to have an MRI on Thursday. The fact that it’s not an arm injury is at least some reason for optimism. Richards missed almost all of the last two seasons with elbow problems.Not long after Noé Ramírez relieved Richards, Cozart dove to his right to try to make a play, and he hurt his left shoulder as he reached for the ball.“My shoulder kind of, separated or popped out a little bit when I hit the ground,” he said. “It’s happened to me before.”Cozart said the last time he missed “just a few days for it to calm down a little bit.” He seemed to be concerned because a shoulder injury “affects your swing and everything about baseball. Hopefully, I get good news tomorrow and there’s just some inflammation and we’ll go from there.”The infield is already missing Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons, out with a sprained ankle. Cozart, a shortstop throughout his career, had moved from third to short to fill in for Simmons. If Cozart is hurt, either Fontana or Fletcher will likely have to play shortstop.Each of them played a role in trying to help the Angels salvage a win on Wednesday.Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Although the two players said they are hoping the injuries won’t be serious, further tests on Thursday’s off day await them both.“Hopefully it’s not as bad as it could be, and I’ll get back out there as soon as possible,” Richards said in the quiet of an Angels clubhouse following their fourth straight loss.The Angels were swept by the Mariners, the surprising leaders of the American League West. The Angels (37-32) are now 7-1/2 games behind Seattle.They could have been just 5-1/2 back if they’d been able to hang on to the 6-4 seventh-inning lead, an advantage they’d cobbled together on the strength of three hits from David Fletcher in his big-league debut, three hits from struggling Chris Young and Nolan Fontana’s second big-league homer.Problem was, by the time the Angels had the lead, there wasn’t much left of their bullpen. With Cam Bedrosian and Jim Johnson unavailable from a recent heavy workload, Blake Parker – the current closer – was summoned in the seventh. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 center_img Fletcher’s first big-league hit was a two-run triple, pulling the Angels within 4-3 in the fourth. He added two singles.After Young tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, Fontana hit a homer to put the Angels up 5-4 in the seventh. It was his second big-league hit, and both are homers. Young then hit a homer to make it 6-4.Fletcher, playing third, also made a heads-up play to temporarily preserve the lead in the seventh.Jean Segura was at third with one out when Nelson Cruz hit a fly ball to shallow left. Justin Upton’s throw to the plate pulled catcher Martín Maldonado about 30 feet from the plate. Since no one was covering home, Segura broke toward the plate. Fletcher, who had been between third and home, took a flip from Maldonado on the run and tagged out Segura.“He’s got a great baseball IQ,” Scioscia said. “He was in the right spot for the cutoff. When the throw was off line and he couldn’t get it, he knew he had to help at home. He reacted well.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousSEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: The Seattle Mariners celebrate after the game winning two run home run by Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy, left, makes the catch for the double-play out of Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, at first during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz, right, reacts as he crosses home plate next to Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado after Cruz hit a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz is greeted in the dugout after hittng a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game agains the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher hits a two-run triple during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, center, comes up standing after sliding past Seattle Mariners third baseman Andrew Romine, right, after hitting a two-run triple in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. Angels’ third base coach Dino Ebel watches at left. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Ben Gamel #16 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI single to score Jean Segura #2 in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Marco Gonzales #32 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after strikng out Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to fnish the top of the fifth inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Nolan Fontana #16 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his solo home run to give the Los Angeles Angels a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, left, is safe at home on an RBI double hit by Jean Segura as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado waits for the throw in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Dee Gordon #9 scores off a double by Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Blake Parker #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners was officially ruled out at home to end the seventh inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher, left, tags out Seattle Mariners’ Jean Segura at the plate as catcher Martin Maldonado watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. Segura was trying to advance on a fly out hit by Nelson Cruz. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners is tagged out at home by David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners is tagged out at home by David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners pitcher Chasen Bradford, right, watches as Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young points upward as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Jabari Blash #54 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is thrown out at first in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Jabari Blash #54 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is thrown out at first in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger watches his two-run walk-off home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. The Mariners won 8-6. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates after hitting the game winning two run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run walk-off home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. The Mariners won 8-6. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates after hitting the game winning two run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: Mitch Haniger #17 celebrates with Ryon Healy #27 of the Seattle Mariners after hitting the game winning two run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Mariners players. including Jean Segura, center, who scored the game-winning run on a two-run walk-off home run by Mitch Haniger, wait for Haniger at the plate during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels in Seattle. The Mariners won 8-6 to sweep the three-game series. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 13: The Seattle Mariners celebrate after the game winning two run home run by Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during their game at Safeco Field on June 13, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NextShow Caption1 of 32Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)ExpandSEATTLE — The Angels nearly pulled a victory out of the rubble of another discouraging day of injuries.Instead, they took three more losses, one on the scoreboard and two in the trainers’ room.After rallying from an early three-run deficit to take a two-run lead in the seventh, the Angels lost 8-6 to the Seattle Mariners on Mitch Haniger’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday afternoon.It was the frustrating end to a day that included Garrett Richards leaving with a strained left hamstring and Zack Cozart with a strained left shoulder.last_img read more