Colorado College continues to dominate UW

first_imgJunior forward Mark Zengerle was the top returning scorer in the nation from last season but could miss several weeks.[/media-credit]No matter who is on the roster or what the stats sheet says, some teams simply know how to beat another team, time and again.The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-4-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) opened its home slate last weekend against precisely that kind of team – Colorado College (5-3-0, 2-0-0) – which always finds a way to best the Badgers.“Sometimes teams just have your number and I have no idea why,” senior forward Ryan Little said. “We’ve struggled with them ever since I’ve been here. If I knew why I would do everything in my power to change it. It’s just how it is right now.”Head coach Mike Eaves was unable to explain the phenomenon, especially given the extreme differences in the way the games played out Friday and Saturday.With plenty of emotion between the rink dedication to former Wisconsin head coach Bob Johnson and the home opener Friday night, the Badgers started out hot, netting two goals in the first period. But with a weak showing in the second, emphasized by a 17-7 difference in shots on goal in favor of CC, the Tigers tied things up 2-2.After a back-and-forth third period, the game went into overtime, where CC ended things quickly, scoring 25 seconds in for the 5-4 game-winner. The Badgers only managed 26 shots on goal to the Tigers’ 39.Saturday night was an entirely different affair. While both teams combined for nine goals in game one of the series, CC goaltender Joe Howe made 33 saves to keep UW off the board. Colorado College netted three goals off 22 shots on goal for a 3-0 game two decision and the series sweep – for the second season in a row.Last year, CC swept UW 4-2, 4-1 at home, and in 2010-11 it ended UW’s postseason run by winning the final two games of a best-of-three series in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The last time the Badgers won a regular season matchup with the Tigers was Jan. 15, 2010, with a 4-0 decision in game one of a series in Colorado Springs, Colo.Bad breaksIf the results weren’t offensive enough for the Badgers, a Mark Zengerle broken finger adds yet another hurdle to the season.The Badgers opened the second period of game two short-handed, as Michael Mersch was serving an interference penalty that carried over from the first period. The top centerman blocked a shot with his hand, ultimately breaking his left index finger. He reportedly knew it was broken the second it happened and will miss four-to-six weeks.The Badgers need to find a way to fill in for Zengerle while he heals simply because it’s a tough blow to their offense. The Rochester, N.Y., native was the top returning scorer in the nation from last season, posting 13 goals and 37 assists in 2011-12 for 50 points and scoring a point in every game this season before the injury.“Losing a guy like Mark is a big impact on the team,” junior forward Tyler Barnes said. “He’s a great player, but we can’t worry about what we could or couldn’t do without him. He’s out for now.”“If we want to make a blanket statement, it makes it more difficult for us to score goals than it has been,” Eaves said. “… There’s going to be a hole there for a while.”Size mattersWhile Wisconsin didn’t give a consistent performance against Colorado College, that inconsistency was most noticeable in Friday night’s 5-4 overtime loss. With a strong first period, the Badgers didn’t keep up the pressure in the second and barely kept it up in the third.Eaves is not one to make excuses, but he did point out the Badgers’ unfamiliarity with their own home rink in game one’s postgame press conference, noting they have not played on the Bob Johnson Rink regularly since September and instead practice at the adjacent LaBahn Arena – their new practice rink.“I wouldn’t say that’s an excuse whatsoever,” sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe said. “Granted there is seven more feet on the width of the ice sheet but … our systems have to adapt to the different dimensions of the rink and we can’t use that as an excuse.”Follow Kelly on Twitterlast_img read more

Home draw for hurlers while footballers travel to Cavan

first_imgDublin v LaoisKilkenny v LimerickOffaly v WaterfordThe hurling qualifiers will be held next weekend.Meanwhile the Tipp senior footballers face a trip to Cavan for their Round 2B qualifier.The other pairings are:Wexford v MonaghanWestmeath v ArmaghCarlow v LeitrimThese games will take place on the weekend of 8th/9th July with the times, dates and venues to be confirmed later today. Tipperary will face Westmeath in Round 1 of the All Ireland hurling qualifiers.Michael Ryan’s side will have home advantage for next weekend’s game.The other pairings are: Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img read more

Hoornstra: The 2030 baseball season – download it today!

first_imgOf course, back then, it wasn’t uncommon to see a rookie play nine innings in a four-hour long game. Thankfully we’ve gotten time of game under control, and who even misses those final two innings anyway? Just don’t expect to see any rookies play the full seven today. The Protesters need to keep their youngsters’ service time under control. And thanks to a new rule this year, they can do that while putting their best players on the field every day. Service time will be accrued on a per-inning basis, so enjoy those first five innings, folks. The last two could get dicey as the Protesters empty their bench.Tonight’s sixth inning will be the TikTok America inning! We want to see your best TikTok video featuring you wearing your Protesters gear. Upload your video, use the hashtag #ProtestersBaseball – the “baseball” part is really important – and you’ll be automatically entered into our 2031 season ticket giveaway! We’ll be choosing one winner every sixth inning, 154 times a season. The Protesters will be wearing their home Thursday alternates today, the ones with two sponsor patches on each sleeve, but you can wear any old thing with a Protesters’ logo in your video. Good luck to all today’s contestants. TikTok America: where America pretends it can dance.Your chances of winning depend on the number of entrants. The Protesters’ chances of making the playoffs, on the other hand? Well, they went up again this offseason without lifting a finger. That’s because Major League Baseball increased the number of playoff teams yet again, from 16 to 24. Remember that MLB sent the winner of the American and National leagues directly to the World Series until 1969, then expanded from four to eight teams in 1995, then from eight to 10 in 2012, and from 10 to 16 in 2020.The 16-team postseason was supposed to be temporary, you might recall. But it was such a hit, it stuck around for another nine years! Now, with the regular season being trimmed from 162 to 154 games, that left room for yet another postseason round. Portland finished with a 70-92  record last year, but if a 24-team postseason had been in place, they would have been only two games out of a playoff berth. Imagine how much fun that will be at the end of another rebuilding season!As for me, I’ll imagine it from home. Your Portland Protesters will finish the regular season on the road, but the broadcasters are not traveling with the team in 2030 – another legacy reminder of that fateful 2020 season. Not to worry: all 50 camera angles available to the Official MLB Replay Booth, Presented by Warby Parker, are available here in our Stumptown Coffee Studios, which was recently outfitted with 6G wireless technology. What could we possibly miss? OK. Only one last item of business to check off before today’s first pitch, brought to you by Nordstrom*Sears*Macy*s. We’ll throw it down to pitcher Jimmy Stiles in the dugout. He’s starting for the Protesters on Sunday and, due to some staff budget cuts, he’ll be serving as our in-game reporter this season. He’s also the host of his own podcast, Stiles and Strikes, now available on Spotify. Subscribe to Stiles and Strikes, and don’t forget to rate and review today!Now Jimmy, we understand the National Virus Index has been declared Threat Level Orange today, so you’ll be required to wear a mask in the dugout just like the fans in the stands. That’s OK. Speak loudly and clearly into your Apple earpiece, and we’ll be on our way.Jimmy, take it away! Greetings from Publicly Funded Ballpark in Portland! I’m J.P. Hoornstra, and welcome to Opening Day of the 2030 season. The Portland Protesters are hosting the Los Angeles Angels of Orange County. So sit back, relax, and enjoy seven innings of baseball. Today’s Spotify broadcast is presented by Amazon Autonomous Vehicles. Amazon AV: let us drive responsibly when you don’t want to!The Protesters will have five rookies in their lineup today, more than any of the 32 teams taking the field on Opening Day. Portland’s lineup is predictably the youngest in baseball, with an average age of just 23. Their payroll is just barely above the salary floor. In fact, this was a major storyline throughout spring training: Can the Protesters get above the league-minimum floor, which was set at $99 million for the 2030 season? Then eight days ago, they signed their only free agent since the end of last season, Yasiel Puig, the Wild Horse, 39 years young. And so Portland becomes Puig’s 13th team in the past 11 years. If you can believe it, his past nine have all been as a non-roster invitee to spring training.Now Puig is the oldest active player in the game – a title he wrested from the Angels’ designated hitter tonight, Mike Trout. Trout will be batting cleanup, sitting on 650 career home runs. His 9-year-old son Beckham will be the Angels’ bat boy, sitting on zero home runs, but we’re looking forward to plenty from him someday. Something else we’re looking forward to? Today’s game is brought to you by “Star Wars: Ewoks,” opening in home theaters Friday.We’re a few minutes away from the first pitch presented by Nordstrom*Sears*Macy*s, but good seats still remain for this game. Take out your smartphone, open the Protesters app, reserve your seat, and retina scan your way through the turnstiles. Even if you can’t make it here today, those of you listening to this broadcast will hear the sounds of a sellout crowd. The ambient noise has been upgraded again for a new season, so you’ll be hearing the sounds of exactly 35,978 Portlanders – a capacity crowd at Publicly Funded Ballpark – whether you are here or not. Think about how far we’ve come since the infamous coronavirus season of 2020. Hard to believe it was only 10 years ago that some players actually preferred the sound of silence to the sound of digital crowd noise.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more