17 Sep
2020

Badgers relying on youth

first_imgSaturday night the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-2, 2-1-1 WCHA) showed how it will reap the benefits of last year’s national championship for years to come. The Badgers handed Minnesota-Duluth its first loss of the season due in large part to the significant contributions of a highly talented freshman class.Injuries to UW forwards Jack Skille and Ross Carlson and defenseman Kyle Klubertanz has given UW head coach Mike Eaves a chance to get some mileage from his youngsters, and so far they have not disappointed. In Saturday’s 5-2 victory, Jamie McBain and Ben Grotting netted their first-career goals while three other Badgers recorded their first assists. “Well it was definitely a positive and you sure hope those kids are getting their first goals because they are getting opportunities,” Eaves said. “I know they are thrilled and their teammates were thrilled for them so now they can cross that off the to do list and get back to playing.”With Wisconsin down 1-0, Grotting evened the score at one as freshmen John Mitchell and Andy Bohmbach garnered their first assists and points as Badgers on the play. Blake Geoffrion also recorded his first point as a Badger, assisting on Ben Steeets’ first-period goal. With 12 seconds remaining in a dismal second period for the Badgers, McBain sent Wisconsin to the locker room with a lead, and more importantly, something to build on. In the home-opener against North Dakota, McBain misplayed the puck in overtime allowing UND to steal a come-from-behind victory at the Kohl Center. Eaves, however, feels McBain has the right mindset to be a successful defenseman at the collegiate level. “For him (McBain) to be a defenseman in this league and to make that adjustment, it’s a big step,” Eaves said. “I like his attitude because he’s got a perfect mindset like a defensive back in football, he kind of lets it roll off and he gets ready for the next shift and that will benefit him down the line.” Eaves outlined tentative time tables for the injured players’ return. Klubertanz is week-to-week, Carlson should be ready within four weeks while Skille is expected to be sidelined for the next four to six weeks. In the meantime, one of the best recruiting classes in the nation will have to maintain their high level of play in order for the Badgers to be successful. Contrasting StylesMuch of the Badgers’ success this weekend came at the expense of goaltender Alex Stalock. The freshman netminder is not afraid to venture outside the crease and oftentimes acts as a third defenseman, making outlet passes to his forwards. While Eaves has respect for Stalock and his ambitious play, he is quite content with Elliott’s consistent goaltending and positioning. “I’d much rather have our style of goaltending,” Eaves said. “Mr. Stalock stopped the puck but there were a few times where there were people in the net behind him and you could see how active he is; it’s a little bit of an adventure, but the bottom line is that he stops the pucks … I know as a coach I would probably have a few more gray hairs with that style.” Elliott on the other hand was a rock of stability in net all weekend including a 34-save effort Saturday night. Last year’s Hobby Baker Award finalist withstood some defensive lapses to give the Badgers a chance to win both nights. “There were a lot of breakdowns and a lot of turnovers in our own zone,” Eaves said. “He (Elliott) was there as our backbone, and he allowed us to have a short-term memory.”Getting DirtyAfter losing three of their top six scorers from a year ago against North Dakota last weekend, Eaves has the Badgers playing a tough grind-it-out style to overcome the loss of scoring. For senior assistant captain Jake Dowell that means playing the same style he has played his whole life. Eaves maintains that the Wisconsin native is the poster boy for the team’s identity. “I don’t know, but it’s definitely not the looks,” Dowell said jokingly of being the team poster boy. “I think he (coach Eaves) was talking about how I don’t mind getting in and playing dirty and physical … I think that’s what he means, and our identity is our hard work; and I have never been a finesse player, but you know hard work obviously pays off.”Saturday Dowell scored two goals, much to the delight of his father, who was watching his son for the first time at the Kohl Center.”I have been waiting for him to come down for over a year now and it was an awesome feeling to be able to play in front of him to see him … I knew exactly where he was and to be able to get a goal and to have him see it meant the world to me,” Dowell said.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Syracuse fails to win a set for 3rd straight match in loss to Virginia Tech

first_img-Compiled by Jon Mettus, staff writer, jrmettus@syr.edu Comments Published on November 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm For the third game in a row, Syracuse failed to win a set. The Orange (8-21, 1-16 Atlantic Coast) lost in three sets to Virginia Tech (16-14, 9-8) on Friday, 25-19, 25-21 and 25-16, in front of a crowd of 132 in the Women’s Building.Virginia Tech took a 7-3 lead to start the first set, but a kill by Syracuse outside hitter Silvi Uattara tied the game at 12 before right side hitter Monika Salkute followed with a kill of her own to give SU a 13-12 lead. Virginia Tech responded, though, scoring four straight points. SU never took the lead again and the set ended, 25-19.The second set was more tightly contested with the lead changing three times and the score being tied seven times. The two teams traded points early, battling to a score of 8-8 until an attack error by SU middle blocker Lindsay McCabe capped a five-point run by the Hokies.Later in the frame, Uattara converted on a set from setter Lucie Guttakovskaia to bring the Orange within two, 23-21, but two kills by Virginia Tech ended the set.Mistakes cost SU in the third frame. The Orange committed 11 errors and the game ended, 25-16, on an attack error by setter Gosia Wlaszczuk.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMcCabe finished the game with three total blocks and is now just two blocks away from tying Jessica Paarlberg for second on Syracuse’s all-time total blocks list. Her last chance to move up on the list will come on Friday when the Orange hosts Virginia at 7 p.m. in its final game of the season.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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16 Aug
2020

Pelicans’ Zion Williamson calls spacing in the NBA ‘a dream come true’

first_img RJ Barrett gives thoughts on Knicks ahead of Zion Williamson face-off “I do like the spacing a lot more,” Williamson told NBA.com. “(Defenders) can’t really (just) stand in the paint, so it gives me a lot more room to operate.“The 3-point line does create more spacing, because everybody can shoot. You can’t really help off too much, otherwise it’s an open three. I love the spacing. It’s almost like a dream come true for me. Because every time I attack the basket, there is space for me.” Related News Knicks free agency rumors: New York signs Julius Randle after missing out on Kevin Durant NBA free agency rumors: Pelicans signing JJ Redick to 2-year deal Zion Williamson is enjoying the perks of playing in the NBA.The Pelicans star marveled Tuesday about the professional game’s spacing and thinks it could be beneficial for him moving forward. Williamson was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and was a nightmare for opposing defenses during his freshman season at Duke. The 6-7 forward averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 68% from the field during his lone year with the Blue Devils.Although he was named Naismith National College Player of the Year in 2018-19, he feels some parts of his game are still underrated. “I feel like I don’t get enough credit for my low-post game,” Williamson said. “I can attack off the wing, I can attack from up top, but in college it’s a little different, because everyone can help over (defensively). In the NBA, they can help over, but not really (as much), so I’m able to show more of my skill.”Williamson will play in his first game with the Pelicans on Friday in a summer league matchup against the Knicks in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’ll face off against his college teammate and friend RJ Barrett, who was taken No. 3 overall in this year’s draft.last_img read more

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