Conference playoffs resume for UW

first_imgThe date was Feb. 4, 2006, and the Wisconsin women’s hockey team was riding a 13-game winning streak. That day, the Badgers dominated St. Cloud State, out shooting the Huskies 36-12. Unfortunately for UW, not one of the 36 shots found the back of the net, and the Badgers lost 1-0.”We played very well that day, we just ran into a hot goaltender and we could not put the puck passed her,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “We left the building disappointed, but I told the team after the game to hold their heads up high because we did a lot of good things that day.”Both Wisconsin and St. Cloud swept their respective first round playoff series and the two teams will meet in the WCHA semifinals Saturday.It’s no secret that at any level of hockey a hot goaltender can carry you all the way to the promised land. Johnson has been around his fair share of big games, and he looks at the goaltending matchup as being a key element in Saturday’s affair.”When you get to the playoffs, goaltenders can certainly win and lose you games,” Johnson said. “Both us and St. Cloud have received quality goaltending for some time now, and when your goalies are playing well, it filters the confidence out to the defenders and forwards.”Lauri St. Jacques is a junior haling from Sturgeon Fall, Ontario, and she handles most of the goaltending duties for the Huskies. While she currently holds a modest season record of 12-12, she boasts a 2.32 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Since her regular season victory against UW, she has won six of her last nine starts.Similarly, UW enters Saturday’s matchups with two red-hot goaltenders of their own. Freshman Jessie Vetter and senior Meghan Horras have split the goaltending duties as of late, and both recorded a victory in UW’s first round sweep of North Dakota. Together, the tag-team has a 1.33 GAA and a .932 cumulative save percentage. While Johnson will not name Saturday’s starter until Friday, the team is confident with whoever will stand between the pipes.”The team is confident in all of our goalies,” junior defender Meagan Mikkelson said. “They’re all great when they’re on their game, and no matter who is in net Saturday, I’m sure they’ll do a great job.”Goaltending is one key element in Saturday’s game, and according to Johnson, the special teams will tell the rest of the story.”This time of year, you got to look at special teams, whose power play is going to work and whose power play is going to score goals and whose penalty kill is going to do the job,” Johnson said. “Those three elements between your power play penalty kill and goaltending … if we’re better in those areas, we’ll win the game Saturday.”The Badgers’ power play has been a work-in-progress all season long but has recently come together. The Badgers have a conversion percentage of .193 and have notched three power play goals in their last three games. The offensive juggernaut of team captain Sharon Cole, Sara Bauer and Jinelle Zaugg will be asked to make considerable contributions on the power play.”Our power play has been up and down this year, but if we want to win, we need to open things up, get quality chances and score goals on the power play,” Cole said.The Huskies have a slight edge in conversion percentage as they have converted on 21 percent of their power plays. However, the Badgers have surrendered only 19 power play goals compared to the Huskies 28.With the memory of their last meeting still lingering in the minds of players and coaches, expect both teams to come out fired up and ready to go for Saturday’s game. The Badgers are looking for revenge, but St. Cloud will be playing with immense confidence, as they are only one of four teams to draw blood from UW this season.”This is one of the weekends we’ve been waiting for,” Mikkelson said. “This is a must win game, and all the girls are so pumped about it, and we’re not worrying about their confidence because we know that if we come to play, we’ll be successful.”last_img read more

Afterthoughts: Even after respite of hope, Syracuse’s point guard play remains an issue

first_img Published on January 12, 2017 at 11:40 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds BLACKSBURG, Va. — John Gillon stood on the Syracuse sideline hunched over in ready position expecting to enter the game. He wanted to be the one to guide the Orange’s offense and lead SU to what could have been its best win of the year.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim didn’t adhere. He remained with Frank Howard at point guard in the final minute of the game. But regardless of whom Boeheim went with, coming back from a 15-point second-half deficit was improbable. Even if Gillon did return to provide a spark, it likely would have been too late.At the beginning of the year, figuring out the point guard spot was one of the Orange’s (10-7, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) primary objectives. And after John Gillon averaged 14 points and 11 assists in his last two games, it seemed as though SU had finally solved the puzzle. But an 83-73 loss to Virginia Tech (13-3, 2-2) on Tuesday night illuminated more struggles.“Our point guard play has been really good and was as bad as it’s ever been tonight,” Boeheim said. “I don’t have an explanation for that. We have two really good games and the first half, John was 0-for-3 with no assists and two turnovers. Can’t play that way. Can’t play that way.”Frank Howard came off the bench to relieve Gillon for 13 minutes and was equally as ineffective. The duo combined to shoot 3-for-14 from the field with seven assists and two turnovers. By going with Gillon for all but one minute in the previous two games, the Orange received its best point guard production of the season. And just two days after guard output headed in the right direction, it came to a halt.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat’s not to say that Gillon and Howard can’t bounce back, because they certainly can. But as SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes dwindle with each loss, every regression is magnified.“I let us down. I didn’t play how I needed to play,” Gillon said. “I didn’t play to the standard that we need to win and just do whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again, just play with the same aggression and that hurt us.”Gillon had been at his best when driving strong to the basket. That’s what freed him up for open shots on the perimeter and forced defenses to collapse, leading to more open shots from teammates.Except against Virginia Tech, Gillon’s drives didn’t kick start the offense how it usually had. Within a five-minute span at the end of the first half, Gillon shot a layup that didn’t even touch the rim, had a shot blocked under the basket and, with a chance to cut the game to four points before halftime, committed a travel. Howard, meanwhile, went 1-for-5 from the field and didn’t bring the stability SU was looking for.“He was trying to prove he can’t shoot jump shots,” Boeheim said of Howard. “And he did, he did that.”All of this leaves Syracuse right back where it sat 10 days ago, coming off a humiliating loss to Boston College. That was before Gillon played 79 of 80 minutes in a two-game stretch, back when SU hadn’t found the right formula it had been searching for since November.Last week, that changed. Gillon is its best option, but only when he can get to the rim, set up teammates and command the offense. The Orange has an answer — but that doesn’t matter if he’s inconsistent.“I just don’t think he made any positive plays in 13 or 14 minutes,” Boeheim said of Gillon.After a brief glimmer of hope, Syracuse can’t afford that.—Asst. Photo Editor Colin Davy, cpdavy@syr.edu, contributed reporting to this article. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

French entry for Catena Media through ParisSportifs

first_img Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Sports betting site ParisSportifs has had all affiliate assets acquired by Catena Media, as the firm continues its strategic expansion, with an eye on this summers Russian World Cup.Entering the French market through the purchase, with the initial price amounting to an upfront payment of €8.2m, the assets are set to be consolidated within Catena during this month.Of that initial payment, €6.2m will be paid in cash and the remaining €2m in newly issued shares, whilst there is also an earn-out of a maximum of €5.7m, based on revenue performance over the period of one year, which in a “reasonably expected scenario” would see a total earn-out payment of €3.2m.In its statement, the firm detailed “the sellers would need to generate revenue growth of between 40 and 60 percent during the earn-out period of one year. Up to 50 percent of the earn-out may be paid with shares in Catena Media plc.” Henrik Persson Ekdahl, acting CEO of Catena Media, commented: ”I am very proud that we are now entering the regulated French market through this strategic acquisition of ParisSportifs. This is in line with our growth strategy and strengthens our leading position in Europe. It’s also a strategic move for us, bringing growth in sports betting with the FIFA World Cup just around the corner.”Announcing the acquisition, Catena further stated: “The shares will be issued at a subscription price of SEK 120,97 per share, corresponding to the volume-weighted average price for Catena Media’s shares on Nasdaq Stockholm during a period of 30 trading days up to and including 12 April 2018. “This means that a total of 170,221 shares will be issued, corresponding to approximately 0,3 percent of the shares and votes in the company. The shares will be subject to a lock-up period of six months effective from the closing date of the transaction.” Share Related Articles ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

UAE’s Al-Wasl close to signing Chelsea striker Clottey

first_imgBerekum Chelsea’s Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Clottey could play alongside Egyptian playmaker Shikabala in upcoming seasonEmirati club Al-Wasl is on the verge of signing Berekum Chelsea’s Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Clottey before the close of the current summer transfer window, UAE daily newspaper Albayan reported on Wednesday.The 24-year-old attacker has performed well in the CAF Champions League this season, scoring 12 goals to emerge as the tournament’s leading marksman, almost equalling Stephen Worgu’s 13-goal haul in 2007.“Clottey is close to signing with Al-Wasl after two weeks of negotiations between the two parties. The official announcement of the deal could be in the next few hours,” Albayan reported.“The contact with Clottey came at the request of French coach Bruno Metsu, who is convinced of his abilities,” the newspaper said of the player, who has also been linked with a move to Egypt’s Ahly.Clottey put in heroic performances in the past four games in the Champions League group stages. He scored a hat trick in the group B opener against Zamalek, helping his team to a difficult 3-2 win before hitting a brace against TP Mazembe, but failed to score in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Ahly.If the news about Clottey’s move to Al-Wasl materialises, he will play alongside Egyptian playmaker Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikabala,’ who has just completed his transfer to the UAE outfit from Egypt’s Zamalek.last_img read more