Ohio State womens ice hockey takes improved defense to St Cloud State

Then-freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve (32) defends the net during a game against Mercyhurst on Nov. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (5-7-0) recorded its first series split of season last weekend against the University of North Dakota. Now, the Buckeyes are preparing to head back on the road to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for a two-game series against St. Cloud State.Despite dropping three of its last four contests, the team believes it is playing with greater confidence than earlier in the season.“We’re definitely starting to find our identity a little more. We’ve been putting in a lot of work,” senior forward Kendall Curtis said. “We’re figuring out who we are as a team, and we know we can grind and come back from any deficit.”Against St. Cloud State (4-7-1), losers of two straight, the Buckeyes have a chance to put some distance between themselves and the teams behind them in the conference. The Huskies enter this weekend one point behind OSU for fifth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.Internal improvementThe team’s mantra all season has been to focus on getting better each week independent of whom it plays. However, the Buckeyes recognize that this week is different, as they’re facing the team currently nipping at their heels.“We haven’t really talked much about St. Cloud, but we know that they have a similar record to us so this is an important weekend to get some points,” freshman forward Maddy Field said.For Field, who is tied for second on the team in goals scored, her contribution to the team improving has been to help shore up the team’s defense, which has allowed only eight goals in the last six games since allowing 18 goals in two games to Minnesota.“The coaches have definitely told me to be focusing on my defensive side and that the goals will come after,” Field said.OSU coach Jenny Potter, who will return to her home state of Minnesota for the first time as a Buckeye this weekend, said she is pleased with her squad’s development at this point of the season before an important series.“Our team has, in my opinion, improved every week,” Potter said. “Just getting better and better and learning every week from each other and the opponents we play.”Becoming a threatCurtis said she believes that the team’s overall improved play is attributed to a better grasp on its team concept.“Our systems are really coming more for us now, we’re not really focusing on it as much in practice,” Curtis said. “We’re focusing on coming together, taking that next step, not just systems, becoming a team that’s always a threat.”OSU’s renewed sense of confidence is aided by the time it spends working on its game, not the opponent’s.“I’m not too worried about other teams,” Potter said. “Obviously we’ve got to know their strengths and weaknesses, but more importantly you’ve got to know your strengths and play your game.”Their game looks to be continued stalwart defense and stiff competition as the Buckeyes continue to adjust under Potter in her first year as OSU’s coach.“It’s not good enough to be able to outwork teams anymore. We did a lot of that early this season,” Curtis said. “We were outworking teams, but the outcome wasn’t there and now we’re getting to the point where that’s not quite good enough.”Potter’s holistic approach to coaching will continue to guide the team as it continues to look to make noise against its remaining conference opponents.“We’re fortunate that we play in the best league in the country and never get to take an off-weekend,” Potter said.The Buckeyes are set to drop the puck against the Huskies at 4:07 p.m. on Friday and 2:37 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Ohio States newlook offensive line preparing for talented Virginia Tech

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) waits for the snap during a game against the Midshipmen Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorGrowing pains often can be expected when a team loses four players at one position group to the NFL, but the Ohio State offensive line might need to grow up fast with Virginia Tech set to visit Ohio Stadium this weekend.OSU coach Urban Meyer was tasked with rebuilding a line that saw Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall all depart for professional football. With just one returning starter — junior Taylor Decker — Meyer said his offensive line is “concern No. 1” heading into Saturday’s clash with the Hokies.“This will be one of the top two — one or two — defensive lines we’ll face every year,” Meyer said Monday. “Our offensive line did not play like an Ohio State offensive line (against Navy on Saturday).”Preparing for that top defensive line could come down to simple preparation, Decker said.“You can always prepare better,” Decker said Monday. “You can always do more, always watch more film, so I just think taking the preparation more seriously and just focusing on that for guys who maybe have never done that before.”While he was not named a captain this season like Mewhort and Linsley were in 2013, Decker has still become the leader on the new-look Buckeye offensive line. He’s not the oldest starter along the line — that title goes to redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin — but he by far has the most playing experience as a Buckeye.Decker said the new season is nothing like the last, but he has slid into the new leadership role without hesitation.“I definitely was the little brother last year. There definitely was no chance that I was calling the shots,” he said. “The first game (this season, against Navy), it was a little bit different for me. It was a new experience for me.”Going forward, Decker will be leading an OSU offensive line that has already seen multiple linemen rotated just one game into the season.OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said after the Buckeyes’ 34-17 win against the Midshipmen that the line rotated for certain portions of the game amidst early struggles.“We were kind of struggling a little bit in the first half so making a lot of changes wasn’t prudent at the time,” he said. “(Senior offensive lineman Joel Hale) came in, though, and played the second quarter, did a nice job and then (we) went back to the starting lineup in the second half and I thought they did a great job.”While Hale spent portions of the game alongside the left tackle Decker on the line, the starting lineup featured redshirt-freshman Billy Price at right guard while redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein slid over to left guard. Junior Jacoby Boren got the nod at center with Baldwin at right tackle.OSU released its newest depth chart on Tuesday with Price and Boren listed as the lone starters at their respective positions.Meyer said the first half against Navy — rotation and all — was a red flag for the offensive line, and the second half only did a small part in quelling those concerns.“The second half we played pretty good,” Meyer said. “But pretty good is not what we expect.”Playing below expectations might not be opportune, especially when a team like Virginia Tech is next on the schedule.“First and foremost, they (Virginia Tech’s defensive line) are really talented. They’ve got some good players,” Decker said. “And when they go, they’re really good, so you’ve got to be on your game and you’ve got to be prepared for that.”Decker said he is one of many who believe the OSU defensive line is one of the best — if not the best — in the nation. He also compared the Virginia Tech defensive line to the Buckeyes in favorable fashion.He said the Hokies’ line features players similar to the Buckeyes’ — junior players Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington and senior Michael Bennett especially — which could give the OSU offensive line an edge after practicing against such players throughout the offseason, but that won’t guarantee success on the field this weekend.“Going against that in a game situation is going to be different, and playing against those guys for a whole game is going to be different,” Decker said. “So you’re going to have to be prepared, and if you make a mistake I’m sure they can expose you.”OSU’s game against Virginia Tech is scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

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Ohio State examining potential plans for new hockey arena

Map of north campus athletics district | Credit: Courtesy of OSU Board of TrusteesOhio State hockey could be in line for a home of its own in the near future.The OSU athletic department is considering adding a hockey arena to the north campus athletic district that would become the home of both men’s and women’s ice hockey. It would feature two sheets of ice: one for games and one for practices. There is currently no estimate for when the project will be completed. The current project spot for the new arena is just north of the soon-to-be-built Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, according to a map shared by the OSU Board of Trustees in their January meeting. It is part of an ongoing effort to build multiple athletic complexes in the place of Buckeye Village.Shaun Richard, associate athletic director and administrator for hockey at OSU, said the progress so far has been requesting a bid to architects in the hope of receiving detailed proposals, including cost estimates. “(The architects will) look at various things throughout the process in terms of what our program might look like in terms of locker room sizes, what we’d be needing in this building, the cost of a two-sheeted facility and just some obstacles that we may have to look at as we go through the process,” Richard said.The proposal is still in the early stages of planning, but the plans for the arena currently have the seating capacity set to 4,000.“That is what we have put in the RFQ (request for quotation) is 4,000, but we’re not married to that number right now, it’s more of just a starting point,” Richard said. “Looking at a smaller sheet, looking at a smaller arena is the direction we want to go to start.”Since the 1998-99 season, the OSU men’s hockey team has played in Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center, with a seating capacity of 17,500. The women’s hockey team has been playing in the much smaller OSU Ice Rink with a seating capacity of 1,415, since its inaugural season in 1999-2000.Last season, the men’s team averaged 5,335 people per game, filling up 30.5 percent of Value City Arena. The women’s team averaged 430 fans per game, 35.8 percent of the OSU Ice Rink’s available seating.There is no immediate timetable for when the project will be completed, but Richard said the department should receive bids on the project within the next month and have a study back before the end of the year. read more

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Paul Pogba kills everything – Morgan declares

first_imgWillie Morgan has launched a scathing attack against Paul Pogba, claiming the Manchester United midfielder is too slow and cumbersome.The United legend claims that Jose Mourinho must drop the Frenchman in order to have a chance of defeating Liverpool on Sunday.United travel to Anfield this weekend looking to reduce the gap between both teams to 13 points, after a disastrous start to the 2018-19 season.The Red Devils have only managed to win seven of their 16 matches in the league so far and face the possibility of missing out on a UEFA Champions League, already eight points behind Chelsea down in sixth place.Pogba has been criticized for his poor performances over the last few weeks and seems disinterested on the pitch, with rumours of a possible move to Barcelona on the horizon.“The game against Fulham, albeit it was Fulham, they played really well,” Morgan told Love Sports Radio.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They were quick, they were moving around, there was no Pogba in the team. He kills everything anyway, he’s just so slow and cumbersome. It was the first time they actually looked like a team.”“If he puts Matic and Pogba in midfield, the game stops every time they get the ball,” Morgan added.“So you have got to get the young lads in, a bit of movement, move the ball quicker. Rashford is a free player and can play anywhere, the kid is really good. I think we’ll get a result.”“Again it comes down to who does he play. If he plays Pogba and Matic we won’t win. If he plays the team that he played against Fulham I think we’ll get a result.”last_img read more

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Simone Inzaghi backs brother Filippo at Bologna

first_imgLazio manager Simone Inzaghi believes his brother Filippo can turn things around at Bologna, despite beating his team 2-0 on Boxing Day.Lazio versus Bologna on Wednesday afternoon pitted the two brothers against each other in the dugout, but Simone’s Lazio came out victorious with a 2-0 win.It was the first time the two brothers had faced each other as managers.Bologna is left in the relegation zone after the defeat, but Simeone has faith in his brother to change the club’s fortunes.“I think they’re just missing incidents going their way,” Simone Inzaghi said in his post-match Press conference quoted in Football Italia.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I’m convinced that with the attitude of the second half and recent games, Bologna can get out of this.“When you look at both the European race and the relegation battle there’s not much in it. There are teams who are higher up whose season has hinged on an incident.“Look at Sampdoria after [Riccardo] Saponara’s goal against us.”last_img read more

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Bayern Munich confirm interest in Hernandez

first_imgBayern Munich has confirmed their interest in signing Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, according to sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.The German champions have already completed the signing of Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart this month, with the France international expected to join the club in the summer.Bayern also has Chelsea and England youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi on their radar and have submitted a third offer in the region of £35million for the 18-year-old.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).The signing of Pavard doesn’t mean the Bavarians don’t also want to sign the fellow Frenchman Lucas Hernandez.“[Lucas Hernandez] is an interesting player who plays at Atletico Madrid, but there is nothing concrete to report as we have to see if the move is possible,” Salihamidzic said, according to Marca.Bayern are reportedly willing to meet the defender’s buyout clause, while Atleti boss Diego Simeone indicated that Hernandez is a vital part of his team.last_img read more

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Perisic thanks critics after failed Arsenal move

first_imgIvan Perisic has spoken out on the recent criticism he received from some fans after his failed move to Arsenal FCPerisic broke the silence on his birthday by sending a message to a section of Inter Milan fans saying: “Thank you for the praise and the criticism. Both are my fuels.”The Croatia international has somewhat been frozen out of the club following his protracted move to Arsenal that didn’t materialise.According to Football Italia, Perisic could well play this evening against Bologna at San Siro and is expected to receive a frosty welcome from the supporters.Meanwhile, he broke his silence on Instagram and just after his 30th birthday.Ivan Perisic seemingly extending a olive branch to Inter fans on Instagram as he turns 30 after failing to get his move to Arsenal in the January transfer window. #AFC pic.twitter.com/2A3wnJIyDM— Yousef Teclab (@yousef_teclab) February 3, 2019Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“They say hitting your thirties is like entering the golden age… Walking into this stage of my life with 0 ****s given.“On a more serious note, I sincerely thank you for all the positive B-Day wishes.“Thank you for the praise but also thank you for the criticism. Both of them are my fuels.”Inter Milan are struggling for form at the moment following their painful exit from the Coppa Italia against Lazio in a penalty shoot-out.The Milan based side are equally struggling on the League front with only one point registered in Serie A since they returned from the winter break.last_img read more

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Only One Day Left To Vote For Soldotna

first_imgDavis: “This would allow us to bring a broader range of music for Music in the Park in 2019.” Shannon Davis Executive Director for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “We have applied for a Levitt AMP Grant, which is all about creating more opportunities for communities to come together and enjoy live music in their community.”  The grant award is a dollar-for-dollar match from the foundation, with a minimum local contribution from the Soldotna Chamber of $25,000. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There is just one day left to cast your vote for the City of Soldotna for the 2019 Levitt AMP Grant.last_img read more

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Bus runs over legs of 70yearold woman

first_imgKolkata: A 70-year-old lady got seriously injured after a bus ran over her legs at Jyangra Milan Mandir.Soon after the accident, the driver fled the scene and agitated people ransacked the bus by pelting stones.According to the police, at around 11 am, the victim, Tapati Roy, was crossing a road near the Jyangra Milan Mandir bus stop.When she was in the middle of the road, a Hatiara-bound bus of route 30C hit her.When she fell down, the driver in an attempt to flee with his vehicle, ran over her legs. Looking at the crowd already gathered on the spot, the driver fled the spot leaving the Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifebus behind.Roy was immediately sent to a private hospital in Salt Lake beside EZCC, where she is admitted.Within a few minutes after the incident, another bus of the same route arrived at the spot for the same destination and locals assumed that both the drivers might have been competing.The agitated mob started pelting stones at that bus too. Later, police from Baguiati police station intervened and seized both the buses.A case has been registered against the offending bus driver, who is still absconding.”Every day each bus of the route 30C competes with each other. As the road is very narrow, minor accidents take place daily,” said a local resident.last_img read more

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