Badgers limp into break

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoThis past weekend’s series was a disappointing one for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. The Badgers (16-1-3) traveled to St. Cloud State to take on the Huskies (7-9-4), a team that the Badgers have dominated in the past. With a 28-4 record against St. Cloud going into the series, it seemed as though Wisconsin could expect another pair of victories.The Badgers, however, came away winless and picked up two ties against their conference opponent. The play of the Badgers was particularly disappointing during Saturday’s game, when Wisconsin coughed up a three-goal lead in the third period and finished with a 3-3 tie. The Huskies’ tying goal came with just 19 seconds left in the period.In all fairness, though, the Badgers have played a lot of hockey so far this season. Having played 20 games in two-and-a-half months, the team has received just one weekend off. Some players weren’t even able to relax that weekend, as the Four Nations Cup was held during that break.UW head coach Mark Johnson coached the American team, which featured UW forwards Erika Lawler and Jinelle Zaugg, as well as the Badgers’ undergraduate assistant Carla MacLeod. The Badgers’ team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar played for team Canada, which won the Gold medal in the tournament.It’s understandable that the team might be worn out after this long stretch, especially now that the semester is coming to a close and players are waiting for the holidays.”We might have starting thinking a little ahead of ourselves,” Lawler said. “Looking toward break and everything … I think we got complacent and just kind of laid back and just thought that we didn’t have to work that much … I think that it was a good learning experience for us.”Johnson implemented a creative solution to make sure the players got their practices done while at the same time relieving some stress. Johnson divided the team into fourths and started a tournament between the individual groups, complete with a draft, trades and different uniforms.”Physically, we’re just going to have to keep working really hard on the ice,” Lawler said. “I think this break is really good for us, and when we get back here, we have to get back into gear again.”The MikkSenior defender Meaghan Mikkelson is having quite a season for herself, recording four goals and 12 assists. The St. Albert, Alberta, native is tied for first in the conference in points recorded by defenders and is one of the Badgers top five scorers.She has also been crucial to the success of Wisconsin’s powerplay, which leads the WCHA, converting on more than 30 percent of their opportunities.Most of Mikkelson’s production has been on the powerplay, with three of her four goals and nine of 12 assists coming with the man advantage.Considering her family’s athletic background, it is no surprise she has succeeding at the collegiate level. Jim McFadden, Mikkelson’s great uncle, played in the NHL. In 1948, McFadden won the Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the best rookie, in addition to winning the Stanley Cup in 1950 while playing with the Detroit Red Wings.Meaghan’s father, Bill Mikkelson, also played in the NHL during the 1970s, spending four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals.In the suburbs of northern Edmonton, Mikkelson starting playing at an early age with her younger brother Brendan, who was drafted 31st overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 2005, and currently plays for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL.”Having my dad play, that was a big thing for me to have, having him as a role model,” Mikkelson said. “It was just what we did, I didn’t think of it as being different.”last_img read more

Boston College holds Treanor scoreless in Syracuse loss on Saturday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Jon: | @jmettus Syracuse needed the ball.Down 10-8 with 1:28 left, the two teams lined up for the draw. The whistle sounded and the ball popped forward. SU attack Kayla Treanor ran into the circle and was immediately engulfed by three Boston College players, but was fouled, giving the Orange the ball.Though Treanor entered the day leading the nation with 25 points and 21 goals, that may have been her best offensive play of the game.Boston College face guarded Treanor for 60 minutes and kept her silent. Her only two stats of the day were the draw control and a turnover, as No. 2 Syracuse lost to No. 6 Boston, 10-8, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday and Treanor was held to no points or assists.“She’s arguably one of the best players in the country, if not the best,” Boston College head coach Acacia Walker said. “We just we have to do everything we can to stop her. She’s just too good. I expect a lot out of my team. I did expect that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Syracuse was on offense it was a one-on-one battle between Treanor and BC midfielder Tess Chandler. Chandler stood with her stick in the air and her eyes fixed on Treanor, face-guarding her.Chandler never gave Treanor any room, playing within arms reach of her as far as 30 yards away from net.“She usually does pretty well against the face guard and she just got frustrated and it kind of took her out of the game a little bit,” SU head coach Gary Gait said.Treanor’s teammates would launch long passes to her when she got a little bit of room, but the majority flew out of her reach and out of bounds or into a Boston College stick.After one errant pass to Treanor 10 minutes into the game, Gait pulled Treanor to the sideline for a talk.“I was trying to get her the ball and try to do a couple things,” Gait said. “I’d love to have the ball in her stick. She typically makes great things happen and (the opponent) will slide and double and people will get open.”But it wasn’t happening.Syracuse attack Devon Collins tried to feed Treanor near the cage at the end of the first half, but Chandler knocked it away. BC went on the attack and scored.“We put one of our biggest, strongest, most mentally tough kids on her and just told her to shut her down try to not let her get the ball,” Walker said.Treanor’s offensive role was diminished to walking around the 12-meter arc and setting picks for her teammates.With about five and a half minutes left, her frustration showed. After a foul was called on SU, Treanor smacked her stick on the ground and flapped her arms in frustration. She yelled and motioned toward the referee that made that call.In the past two games, Treanor emerged when Syracuse needed her, scoring three of SU’s last four goals in one-goal victories over No. 9 Virginia and Connecticut on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.But on Saturday, that Kayla Treanor never showed up.Said Gait: “I think she had some opportunities and you know we’ll talk a little bit and she needs to learn and grow from this.” Commentslast_img read more

Maher collects fifth All Star award

first_imgPhoto: All Stars Tipperary captain Padraic Maher has collected his fifth All-Star award.He accepted the accolade last night at a black-tie ceremony in the Convention Centre in Dublin last night.The Thurles Sarsfields man is now level on All-Star Awards with former goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, and one away from Tipperary greats Nicky English and Eoin Kelly. Speaking to Tipp FM before the event Maher said it’s a great honour…last_img