Badgers looking to captain for guidance in team’s early struggles

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoOne night after dropping its 2006 National Championship banner, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team played its worst period of hockey in four years. After losing the series opener in overtime, the Badgers were on the verge of being swept by North Dakota in their home opening series. Tied 0-0 after two periods, senior captain Andrew Joudrey took it upon himself to motivate his spiritless squad.”It was one of those moments, it wasn’t planned, and after last year and the years we have had in the past, you come to expect a certain level of play and we know our potential. When that’s not happening because of a lack of effort and intensity, then something has to be done,” Joudrey said of his intermission speech. “I didn’t quote Shakespeare or anything like that, but we needed to make a change and it has to come now and it worked out.”The rousing speech was clearly effective as the Badgers went on to score the game’s only goal to defeat the Fighting Sioux 1-0. The win was of course satisfying, but perhaps more important for the Badgers was the leadership qualities Joudrey demonstrated. The Bedford, Nova Scotia native has always led by example, but unlike last year’s team captain, Adam Burish, Joudrey has relied on his assistant captains to help with the vocal leadership.”Everybody leads in different ways. [Burish] was a hard worker, and he was really vocal in the locker room … Andrew is kind of the same way but he does it a little differently in terms of being a little more reliant on me and Jake (Dowell),” senior defenseman Jeff Likens said. “Getting the guys going as far as emotionally was a big part of Adam’s job but Andrew is not doing a bad job … he’s doing a great job.”Since arriving in Madison, Joudrey has always had a knack for coming through in the clutch, helping his team to victory in desperate situations.As an assistant captain for the Badgers’ national championship team, Joudrey collected three game-winning goals, including winners against North Dakota, Ohio State at the Frozen Tundra Classic and Minnesota at the WCHA Final Five.”I haven’t scored like some of the other guys have, like Robbie (Earl) or Joe (Pavelski), but I try to make them count,” Joudrey said of his timely goals. “I am not going to score the highlight ones, but I just try to keeping working hard and give myself the best opportunity to be in the right place at the right time.”Although Joudrey’s statistics at Wisconsin are not jaw dropping by any means, he remains one of the team’s most versatile players. During his tenure with the Badgers, Joudrey has played center, winger and defenseman in addition to being a consistent contributor on the power play.Although Joudrey has always been a pass-first player, the coaching staff is looking to expand his offensive role.”I always grew up a pass-first guy, but [the coaches] have been working on it for four years, and I finally realized I need to shoot the puck more,” Joudrey said. “Hopefully I’m moving toward being even not just a pass-first kind of guy.”As captain it is Joudrey and the rest of the seniors’ responsibility to unite the team and establish camaraderie similar to last year’s championship team. The Badgers’ lineup currently features a number of freshmen who have been asked to take bigger roles due in large part to injuries suffered by Kyle Klubertanz, Jack Skille and Ross Carlson. Despite their inexperience, the freshmen have responded quite well and, according to freshman forward Mike Davies, the team’s captain has contributed greatly to their success.”[Joudrey] just leads by example … everything he says in the locker room, he goes out on the ice and demonstrates it. He’s a great leader, not just on the ice or in the locker room, but away from the rink, too,” Davies said. “Every time we hang out, it’s as a team and nothing else. He is always trying to include everybody and gel everyone together and that has really helped [the freshmen].”Joudrey’s leadership is imperative now more than ever as the Badgers are in a state of turmoil after being swept at home this past weekend against Boston College.Nevertheless, Joudrey, the levelheaded leader, is confident in his team’s ability to right the ship and return to its winning ways.”There is always pressure especially after you lose two games in a row at home,” he said. “The biggest thing right now is we need to get back on the wining track and, like they say, there is no time like the present.”last_img read more

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bettingexpert’s Harris cedes Tipster Challenge lead at Haydock

first_img 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Stephen Harris – bettingexpert1.839.34 3Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 4Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 5Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 6Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 7Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 bettingexpert and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average total for bettingexpert.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.Each tipster will get a ‘Nap of the Day’ each week which scores double points.For example, if bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris backs a winning horse at 8/1, he will get 8 points; if he has put this horse forward as his ‘Nap of the Day’, the reward is 16 points. RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share OneBet’s Sarah Shannon assumed the lead in the Tipster Challenge after bettingexpert’s average return dropped below 10 points for the first time at Haydock.Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru from the bettingexpert community, could only manage a single victory on his ‘Nap of the Day’ Dance Diva (13/8), for a total of 3.25.Meanwhile, Sun Bets PR Manager Tim Reynolds entered in third place after picking up a creditable 5.00 points from wins for Dance Diva and Ottonian in the day’s opening race.Race Winners at Haydock:Ottonian – 7/4Dance Diva – 13/8Fire Brigade – 4/1Addeybb – 100/30Merlin – 4/1Marmajuke Bay – 16/1Uae King – 6/5Tipster Challenge 2017 Leaderboard Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020center_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Danilo Gallinari says he hopes to return to Clippers’ lineup by month’s end

first_img Coach Doc Rivers says Clippers miss Danilo Gallinari most of all their injured players Certainly, the road-weary Clippers could use a healthy and productive Gallinari for the season’s final nine regular-season games. They are in the midst of a stretch in which they play nine of 11 games on the road. They conclude the regular season by playing five of six at home, however.“Against Portland, we saw a team (that was) a bit tired, but still nothing is over until the last game,” Gallinari told reporter Zeno Pisani. “It is essential to do well and win on this road trip, which is why I hope to return immediately.” Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari said Tuesday he “hopes” to be back on the court by the end of the month. He hasn’t played since he was injured during the Clippers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 22 and didn’t join the team for the start of its four-game trip Tuesday at Minnesota.“The hand is better,” Gallinari told a reporter for Sky Sports’ Italian-language website. “I did the last test, positive results, so now I can start again with the rehabilitation.”Gallinari has been limited to 19 games this season because of hand and gluteus maximus injuries. He averaged 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 32.2 minutes before he was injured when Golden State’s Draymond Green accidentally elbowed him in the hand.If all goes as planned and he suffers no further setbacks, Gallinari said he could be back in the Clippers’ lineup for their next home game, March 27 against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center. He did not join his teammates for their trip to play Minnesota, Milwaukee, Indiana and Toronto. The Clippers’ loss Sunday to the Portland Trail Blazers was their third consecutive, dropping them into 10th place in the Western Conference, two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Coach Doc Rivers said the team missed Gallinari more than any of their other injured players.“It’s not even close,” Rivers said.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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