Men’s Hockey: Final home series of season provides tough test in No. 9 Arizona State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (11-18-1, 6-15-1-1 Big Ten) will battle the No. 9 ranked team in the country this weekend as the Arizona State University Sun Devils (22-9-3) march into the Kohl Center.An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…The Sun Devils are currently playing some of their best hockey of the season, riding a seven game win-streak in which they are averaging just under four goals per game. The team also ranks top 10 in all of Division 1 hockey with goalie winning percentage at 69% and scoring offense at 3.32 goals per game, giving the team a clear advantage over the Badgers.The story has been very different for the Badgers this season. The team has averaged 3.03 goals per game, putting them tied for 20th in the country in this category. While that may seem close behind the Sun Devils, the Badgers do not have a record to show for their offensive efficiency. The Badgers have allowed 3.7 goals per game, the fourth worst in all of Division 1 hockey.Men’s Hockey: Yet another split series for Badgers vs No. 11 Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (11-18-1, 6-15-1-1 Big Ten) took on the No. 11 Nittany Lions of Pennsylvania Read…Goalkeeping has been an issue for the Badgers, allowing a total of 111 goals so far this season. Sophomore goalie Daniel Lebedeff has appeared in 23 games this season, with a win rate of just 39% and a save rate of 89%. In order to compete with the Sun Devils this weekend, the Badgers are going to need to step it up defensively.The team had been offensively productive all season and hopes to continue that this weekend, especially from key offensive weapon Cole Caufield. Caufield’s productive freshmen year puts him at 11th in the nation with 0.6 goals per game. Caufield also leads the team with 32 points this season, followed by 23 from junior Wyatt Kalynuk. Kalynuk shares the team lead in assists with junior Linus Weissbach — both at 17 this season.The Badgers will be playing their final home series of the season this weekend — a season that many Badger hockey fans are not happy about. The Badgers ended last season with 18 losses, a number that they have already reached this season with four games remaining. Men’s Hockey: Experience gained this season cannot be overlookedGoing into the 2019-2020 season, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-17-1, 5-14-1-1 Big Ten) faced high expectations from Read…These two teams have not played each other in over four years, their last match dating back to the halloween weekend of 2015. In that series, the Badgers won the first game 5–1 and the second game by a score of 2–1, giving the Badgers the series sweep. The Badgers hope to continue this two game win streak against the Sun Devils this weekend.Both games this weekend are set to begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be listened to on 1310 WIBA. These games can also be followed on the Men’s Hockey Twitter page, @BadgerMHockey.last_img read more

Newcomers have created a formidable line for Syracuse

first_img Published on December 5, 2018 at 12:03 am Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img In the third period against Princeton on Nov. 10, Abby Moloughney jumped on the ice to replace Emma Polaski, whose penalty had just ended. The puck slipped out of the Syracuse zone, and the freshman picked it up, turning up ice. She outskated the Princeton defenders and only had the goalie to beat to give Syracuse the lead with under four minutes to play.Moloughney shot the puck low, but was denied, and the game went on to end at 1-1 after a scoreless overtime frame.Her line with Anonda Hoppner and Lauren Bellefontaine was one of the bright spots for the Syracuse offense early in the season, combining for nine goals and 23 points through the Orange’s opening 13 games. But after a pair of disappointing Thanksgiving weekend results in which Syracuse failed to score, SU head coach Paul Flanagan was forced to shake up his lines and has been experimenting with different combinations since.Moloughney, Bellefontaine and Hoppner are all newcomers to Syracuse (4-12-1, 4-3 College Hockey America), the former two being freshmen, and Hoppner in her first year with the Orange after transferring from Colgate. All three skaters utilize speed, which helped them mesh in the first two months of Syracuse’s season. Their fast-paced shifts were punctuated with an aggressive forecheck and an ability to get to puck first, something Moloughney said helped them set up plays and move the puck in the offensive zone.“What makes us successful in the game is when we’re moving our feet, on the forecheck especially,” Hoppner said. “We’re able to pin any team in, the three of us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile its newcomers are generating chances close to the net, the finishing has lacked while at even strength, Hoppner said. In the Orange’s 1-1 tie with Princeton on Nov. 10, the three combined for 11 shots, Moloughney claiming seven of them, yet only scored one goal.For the season, both Moloughney and Hoppner have converted under 10 percent of their shots, and Bellefontaine is at 16 percent, albeit on fewer chances.“We get so many shots on net, that we just have to be finishing,” Hoppner said. “We work on that a lot in practice – putting the puck in the net and finishing rebounds.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorHoppner, a junior, has a background playing for various programs including two years at Colgate, making her more “worldly” when it comes to hockey, Flanagan said. That experience has given her lessons to pass on to Bellefontaine and Moloughney, which the pair have utilized. It’s mostly little things, Hoppner explained, but they go a long way in transitioning from junior hockey to the college level.The biggest difference between the two is board play. When Hoppner’s younger linemates fail to clear the puck off the walls or don’t check hard enough, she lets them know.Another change is the added effort players have to crash the net with to look for scoring opportunities. It’s much harder to score “pretty goals” in college, Hoppner said.“(Hoppner) understands that it’s new to us,” Moloughney said. “But she’s definitely helped us a lot with, ‘Try this, try that.’”Flanagan said it was what they did with the puck more than the pressure they applied without it that separated them. He pointed out how some other lines will get the puck and “throw it away or bat the thing around” instead of stringing together passes and extending time in the offensive zone.After a four-game stretch where the Orange scored two goals, a new line combination will have to replicate Moloughney, Bellefontaine and Hoppner’s level of play to get the Orange back in the win column for the first time since Nov. 4.“That line does a real good job of puck possession, and they make things happen,” Flanagan said. “They get chances, and I think all of our lines are pretty good at forechecking and working hard, but now it’s about what you do when you have it.”last_img read more

Cardinals have ‘high level of frustration’ about quiet trade deadline, president says

first_imgThe Cardinals hold a 57-50 record and entered play Thursday tied with the Cubs for first place in the National League Central.  “When you spend seven straight days in a room working on something, you tend to want to see something come out of it,” Mozeliak said. “So, there’s a high level of frustration, even for us. But we answer to people and have to be responsible for decisions that come out of it and we just didn’t feel we could get there.”Mozeliak, however, still thinks the team can compete for a title, despite not making a major move. The Cardinals seem to have wanted to do more at the trade deadline.St. Louis inquired about multiple starting pitchers, including Zack Wheeler, Robbie Ray and Mike Minor, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. But, the team ended up making just one deal — sending Jedd Gyorko to the Dodgers in exchange for reliever Tony Cingrani and a minor leaguer. “For the last week we’ve been working tirelessly to try to do something,” Mozeliak said. “When you have deadlines and don’t come up with something, people aren’t happy. I can’t come up with an excuse that’s going to make that go away. We’re still excited about our club and think we can win.”Meanwhile, the Cubs made multiple deals. They acquired Nicholas Castellanos from the Tigers, David Phelps from the Blue Jays and Tony Kemp from the Astros. MLB trade deadline: Brodie Van Wagenen explains Mets’ decision to keep Zack Wheeler, acquire Marcus Stroman Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak discussed the team’s lack of moves when he met with reporters after the deadline.“We never got to a point we felt we could get a deal done,” Mozeliak said. “We explored starting pitching first and foremost. From people’s standpoints, we just weren’t matching up. Unfortunately, we didn’t get what we hoped to do, but we still really like our team and feel like we’re getting healthy at the right time.” Related News Nicholas Castellanos reacts to being traded to Cubs MLB trade deadline: Brian Cashman explains why Yankees failed to add starterlast_img read more