Men’s hockey: Young Badgers drop weekend series to No. 12 Notre Dame as power-play struggles continue

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (8-10-4, 4-4-4 Big Ten) continued their challenging Big Ten schedule Friday and Sunday as they faced No. 12 Notre Dame (13-8-2, 6-6-1), the third-ranked team in the Big Ten.The Badgers dropped the first competition 6–4 at the Kohl Center, a place they have had considerable success this season, before drawing the second competition 2–2 at the United Center in Chicago. The Irish ultimately secured the extra point in the Big Ten standings Sunday by winning the 3-on-3 overtime period. Despite the results, this young Badger team proved it can keep pace with a top-ranked team as it continues to improve down the stretch.Friday’s game was a competitive one, with the score tied at three entering the final period. The Badgers put together one of their best offensive nights of the season thanks to goals from K’Andre Miller, Will Johnson, Roman Ahcan and Tarek Baker, but fell short due to two Notre Dame goals in the final 13 minutes of regulation.Friday’s game was memorable for goaltender Daniel Lebedeff. Despite allowing six goals to the visiting team, the freshman’s assist to Miller on a UW power-play marked the first assist by a Wisconsin goaltender since Dec. 2012. Miller’s goal added to his team-leading 18 points in only 20 games played.Women’s Hockey: Badgers maintain No. 1 ranking heading into final third of regular seasonThe top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team (20-2-0, 10-2-0 WCHA) fell to the No. 5 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (15-7-0, 9-5-0) Read…After the game, Head Coach Tony Granato praised the performance of his team.“Sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve,” Granato said. “I think there were parts of the game that we looked like we were in control of it but we just didn’t stay with it enough. That team beat us three times last year in similar games where you felt like you were in control of the game.”Friday’s game marked the first time since Oct. 27 that the Badgers netted multiple power-play goals. Wisconsin has struggled on odd-man advantages this season, so their breakthrough Friday was a positive sign heading into Sunday’s rematch in Chicago.The Badgers got off to a strong start Sunday, scoring two goals in the first period — one coming from sophomore Roman Ahcan with one second left on the clock. After the first period, however, the Badgers were unable to capitalize on offense and ended up drawing the contest 3–3.The Badgers’ power-play struggles continued yet again Sunday — UW failed to capitalize on five power play opportunities, while the Irish netted one power-play goal on just two advantages.Much like Friday, the Badgers came out fresh but were unable to find the back when they needed it most. The Badgers finished with 35 shots on goal — 19 coming in the second period — compared to 30 from the Irish.A look back at the fall semester in Wisconsin sports: Moments we’ll remember, others we’d like to forgetThis fall in University of Wisconsin sports has been filled with plenty of surprises, some pleasant and some not so Read…Despite failing to gain a point in the overtime period, Granato was pleased with how the young Badgers competed against one of the best teams in the country.“Every weekend I’ve been happy with how our team competes, plays and battles,” Granato said. “I see a lot of progress, young players continuing to grow, and there are things to be excited about, so I’m excited about our team.”For the players, it was a memorable experience playing in the United Center, the home of the Chicago Blackhawks. Senior Peter Tischke, a Chicago native, explained how he felt playing on his favorite team’s ice.“It was a surreal experience,” Tischke said. “It is always fun to come here and play in front of family and friends and in the arena of the team I watched growing up. It’s cool to experience the NHL-feel for a day.”The Badgers hope to bounce back this weekend as they travel to Minneapolis to take on the University of Minnesota Friday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. for both games.last_img read more

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Hong Kong Open: Satwik-Chirag in Spotlight as Sindhu, Saina Look to Clear 1st Round Hurdle

first_img Ashwini PonnappabadmintonChirag Shettyhong kong open First Published: November 11, 2019, 4:47 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will look to continue their sensational run but the focus will be on PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal as they seek to avoid another early exit, at the Hong Kong Open, starting on Tuesday.The World No.9 Indian pair has been simply outstanding in its last two outings as they finished runners-up at French Open and then made it to the China Open semi-finals last week in men’s doubles. Expectations will be high from the Indian duo as they open against Japanese combination of Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi at the USD 400,000 meet.For Sindhu and Saina, it has been few tough weeks as the duo made early exits from a series of tournaments since the World Championships in August.Besides the French Open quarter-final finish, Sindhu, who had won the World Championships gold in August, and Indonesia Masters champion Saina, have either lost in the first or second round.Last week, Sindhu went down in a three-game match against Taiwanese Pai Yu Po, while Saina lost in straight games to China’s Cai Yan Yan — both in the first round at China Open Super 750 tournament.Interestingly, Saina will face the same opponent at Hong Kong and she will be itching to set the record straight against the world number 22 Chinese.Sixth seed Sindhu will square off against Korea’s world number 19 Kim Ga Eun in the opening round.In men’s singles, world number 10 Kidambi Srikanth, who has reached the finals at India Open and two quarter-finals at Malaysia and Singapore in April, will face the unenviable task of taming the two-time world champion and current world number 1 Kento Momota in the first round.World Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth, who had made it to the finals of Swiss Open Super 300, will open against third seeded Chinese Shi Yu Qi.Sameer Verma will lock horns with Taiwanese Wang Tzu Wei, while HS Prannoy will cross swords with China’s Huang Yu Xiang and Parupalli Kashyap meets Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the opening round.Among others, Satwik will pair up with Ashwini Ponnappa to take on Thailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Savitree Amitrapai in mixed doubles first round.Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy will lead the Indian challenge in women’s doubles, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will fight it out in mixed doubles. last_img read more

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