UW relying on strengths in return to action

first_imgAfter a nearly two-week break, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (5-9-2, 3-6-1 WCHA) is back to work, as the Badgers are set to take on conference opponent North Dakota (7-6-1, 5-4-1) this weekend. The last game the Badgers played was a 2-0 victory over Michigan State, which finally halted Wisconsin’s six-game losing streak. Now, Wisconsin will be looking to build on that victory.However, the Badgers are still having major problems scoring goals. During the losing streak, which included a shutout loss and three games with just one goal scored, the Badgers mustered just nine goals. Wisconsin is now averaging fewer than two goals per game for the season.The team knows this, as the Badgers’ goal-scoring troubles have been apparent all season. Wisconsin’s top two scorers, freshman forward Michael Davies and senior forward Andrew Joudrey, have combined for just seven goals and 15 assists.”It’s tough, when the goals aren’t going in, you want to fix things right away,” Joudrey said. “The biggest thing for me to do is keeping plugging away, get in front of the goalie … screen him and get rebounds. We’re not going to score a lot of highlight-reel goals.”An increase in goal scoring would result in more than just points; it would take a lot of pressure off senior goaltender Brian Elliott and the defense. Elliott has been a workhorse for the Badgers, starting in 14 of 16 games and recording the second-most minutes played among goalies in the WCHA.Elliott currently holds a solid save percentage of .922, second in the conference, and a goals-against average of 2.19. Though UW head coach Mike Eaves sat Elliott for the Michigan State game — backup Shane Connelly earned the shutout of the Spartans — it was evident whom Eaves would be depending on to turn this season around.”Elliott is your ‘starting pitcher,'” Eaves said, “and you put the ball in his hand as much as possible. … This weekend, we’re going to put the ball into our best pitcher’s hand, and that’s Brian Elliott going into North Dakota.”Elliott stacks up quite well against the Sioux’s goaltenders. North Dakota goalies Philippe Lamoureux and Anthony Grieco have been splitting time all season, and both are inexperienced. Lamoureux, a sophomore, holds a save percentage of .892 and a GAA of 2.65. Grieco, a freshman, has an even weaker save percentage (.880) and allows more than three-and-a-half goals per game.Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s defense has held opponents to just 2.25 goals per game, good for third-best in the conference. However, the success of Elliott and the defense goes for naught when the Badgers’ offense can’t get the puck past the opposing goaltender.”If we can get three or four goals, I think we’re in pretty good shape,” Eaves said. “We’re still the type of team that’s got to manufacture [goals]. I don’t think you’re going to see this group score a lot of goals … so we’ll just have to continue to work on that thought process of manufacturing some gritty goals, getting tip-in goals and rebound goals.”The Badgers’ power-play percentage hasn’t helped either. The Badgers have converted just 14.6 percent of power-play opportunities into goals, resulting in just 12 goals. The penalty kill has been mediocre so far this season, killing off almost 85 percent of opponents’ power plays.However, this series could turn out well for the Badgers’ special teams. North Dakota’s power-play percentage has been respectable, converting 23 percent of their chances. However, the Sioux’s penalty-kill rate is the second-worst in the conference (stopping 77.6 percent of opponents’ power plays), and they spend more time in the penalty box than the Badgers do (17.6 minutes per game for North Dakota; 15.2 minutes for Wisconsin).If Wisconsin can play with relatively few penalties, the Badgers’ power play would be pitted against the Sioux’s woeful penalty kill.North Dakota has also been very streaky thus far. After starting the season with a four-game winning streak, the Sioux went on to lose three in a row before recording another three losses and one tie. The Sioux are currently riding a two-game winning streak.”It will be a great series,” Joudrey said. “They play hard, they play fast … they have a lot of good players. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be fast paced and we’re really looking forward to going up there.”The Badgers are going to need goals if they want to win this series, which will likely be a hard-fought, physical battle. If Wisconsin can light the lamp, Eaves feels Elliott and the defense will take care of the rest.”We’re starting to be more comfortable with who we are and what our strengths are,” Eaves said. “Playing to those strengths … is going to give us the best chance to be successful.”last_img read more

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African Games Day 6: Ntumi grabs bronze for Ghana in weightlifting

first_imgGhana finally got a place on the medal standings after Winnifred Ntumi got a bronze medal in the women’s 45kg weightlifting event.She recorded a total of 126 points to finish behind Nigeria’s Stella Pete who had 138 points and Madagascar’s Randafiarison Rosina who recorded 155 points to take gold.BOXINGAbdul Wahid Umar lost 4-1 to Jonas Jonas Junias of Namibia in the quarter finals of the men’s lightweight 63kg competition.KARATE-DOEdmund Asante Amoako finished 8th in the men’s men’s kata elimination round with 21.66 points.TENNISIn the men’s singles, Isaac Nortey lost to Skander Mansouri of Tunisia in straight sets. The same fate befell Johnson Acquah when he faced Ouahab Lamine of Morocco and Benjamin Palm when he took on Anas Fattar also of Morocco. While Acquah lost in straight sets, Palm lost in three.In the men’s doubles, Kuuku Abban and Isaac Nortey were beaten in 2-1 by Changawa Mzai and Kibey Yego of Kenya.In the women’s doubles, Elizabeth Bagerbaseh and Mariam Ibrahim lost 2-1 to their opponents from Kenya.TABLE TENNISIn the mixed doubles event, Derek Abrefa and Cynthia Kwabi lost 3-1 to Tunisia’s Abderazzek Souabni and Manel Baklouti.Felix Lartey and Lynda Annor lost 3-0 to Bode Abiodun and Offiong Edem of Nigeria in the mixed doubles last 8.last_img read more

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first_imgLetterkenny woman Joanne Sweeney-Burke and daughter Sophie.A Donegal mum and daughter are to address a major Digital Citizenship Summit.Digital expert Joanne Sweeney-Burke and daughter Sophie Burke will address the event at Bournemouth University were attendees will see ways to improve the use of technology and interaction online.Called the Digital Citizenship Summit UK (DigCitSummitUK), it is a unique conference geared towards safe, savvy, and ethical use of social media and tech. “Digital Citizenship” is an umbrella term used to describe the expectations of being a digital citizen in regards to ethics, etiquette, rights, and responsibilities. Common topics that are discussed include cyberbullying, empathy online, trolls, security, savvy use of social media, and online reputation.Digital Citizenship Summit UK will feature a diverse range of prominent educational, parenting, and industry leaders, including four American speakers from the inaugural Digital Citizenship Summit held in the United States last October.Founder and CEO of Digital Training Institute Joanne Sweeney-Burke, who is originally from Letterkenny, will present alongside her 20-year old daughter Sophie, a 2nd year Accounting student at NUI, Galway. Sophie also works part-time as a Digital Marketing Executive in the family business.Joanne says, “Sophie and I have been speaking, writing and developing educational resources based on Mike Rabble’s ‘Digital Etiquette’ theme for the past four years. We will share details of our work and outline why we have a passion for digital citizenship. I parented Sophie through the digital revolution and together we set down mutual ground rules on social media and digital technology use – both from a parent and a teens’ perspective.” Joanne and Sophie will deliver a joint presentation entitled ‘Empowering Generation Z’ while Sophie will also chair a panel debate ‘The Digital Future of Teens’.Digital Citizenship Summit UK is suited for educators, parents, administrators, students, industry, and organisation leaders. The day will include a various speakers and industry experts including a student panel discussion, Barclays Coding Playground, and ample time to network with others from across the UK, Europe, and the United States that are involved in improving student social media and tech use. The all-day event (9 AM until 5 PM) is free; registration is through DigCitSummit.com.DONEGAL MUM AND DAUGHTER TO ADDRESS INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL SUMMIT was last modified: January 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:digital summitdonegalJoanne Sweeney-BurkeSophie Burkelast_img read more