Women’s Hockey: Assessing Badgers’ chances at another national title

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team (27-4-1, 17-4-1-1 WCHA) have had an undeniably impressive regular season. They took down multiple top-ranked opponents while also putting up some of the nation’s best offensive production numbers. Yet, with a stratified talent landscape in collegiate hockey, the Badgers will have an undeniably difficult path to a second straight national title. Even against the toughest opponents in the nation, the Badgers have performed comparatively well. Their current national ranking is higher than that of every single opponent they have faced, including top ranked teams they have split series against such as No. 3 Minnesota and No. 5 The Ohio State University. With an impressive record under their belt, the Badgers are certainly poised for a deep season run. Yet, with their latest split series against OSU, they have ceded their No. 1 ranking to Cornell University. This is indicative of the fact that, despite their regular season success, the Badgers still face a tough road ahead of them. This road begins with the WCHA tournament following the Badgers’ final regular season series against Minnesota-Duluth this past weekend. With 54 total conference points and a final win over Minnesota-Duluth, the Badgers officially secured themselves as the No. 1 seed in the WCHA playoffs. With this spot, they secure a first round bye in the seven team tournament and advance directly to the semi-finals where they are likely to play either Ohio State or Minnesota Duluth. Ironically enough, these are the teams they last competed against in the regular season. An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…With a tough schedule ahead of them, it’s worth it to take a look at how the Badgers stack up against the rest of the conference statistically throughout the season. Offensively, the Badgers were dominant throughout the extent of the regular season. They lead the conference in goals per game by a solid margin with an average of 4.58 — their next closest competitor is Minnesota with 3.84. While Wisconsin does not hold the top spot in total scoring defense, the margin between them and Minnesota in the top spot is much closer than that of scoring offense. The Badgers allow an average of 1.67 goals per game while the Gophers just barely have them beat with an average of 1.62 per game. The Badgers are equally dominant on an individual level. They currently have the top three individual scorers within the conference in Daryl Watts, Sophie Shirley and Abby Roque. The trio has accumulated individual point totals of 69, 56 and 53, respectively. Yet, it remains that, even with this broad statistical domination, the Badgers have not always closed out against tough conference opponents when it matters most. So what might be the deal breaker come March? Women’s Hockey: Can Daryl Watts become second player ever to capture two Patty Kazmaier awards?The Patty Kazmaier Award is arguably the most coveted individual award in all of NCAA women’s hockey. Since its inception Read…In post season games that so often come down to razor-thin margins of performance, both the ability to remain disciplined and take advantage of power play opportunities can reign supreme. Thankfully for the Badgers, they’ve also dominated in these categories throughout the year. Perhaps it’s the coaching ability of Head Coach Mark Johnson or maybe it’s even the team’s extensive experience and maturity, but the Badgers simply don’t draw penalties. They currently average just 5.1 penalty minutes per game. The next closest team is Bemidji State with an average of 5.9. That 0.8 minute gap is the largest between any other team in the conference by a full 0.4 minutes. While that may not seem like a long period of time, the fact that the Badgers have distinguished themselves so far from the rest of the conference is indicative of their ability to remain composed and disciplined when the rubber meets the road. On top of avoiding penalties, the Badgers are particularly adept at capitalizing on their opponents’ mistakes. They rank at the top of the conference in power play conversion rate with a scoring rate of 35.1 per cent. Women’s Hockey: Badgers battle Minnesota Duluth in final series of regular seasonThe No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (26-4-1, 16-4-1-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) is coming off an up-and-down Read…By avoiding penalties and converting on power plays, the Badgers have amassed a stunningly dominant level of net special teams scoring. So far on the season, they accumulated 26 net goals on power plays. The next closest conference competitor? Minnesota with just nine net power play goals on the season. The WCHA is always a cut-throat conference. When teams are faced with their first postseason challenge of the year, this competition can only ramp up even further. There is little doubt that multiple teams from the WCHA will find themselves competing in the NCAA tournament later in March. The winner of the WCHA tournament earns an automatic bid to the Frozen Four tournament. While it’s hard to believe the WCHA title is necessary to get the Badgers to the NCAA tournament, capturing said title would go a long way in proving the Badgers have the chops to capture their second straight national title.last_img read more

‘I’m at peace, I’m ready to roll’ – Isaac Dogboe confident ahead of return to the ring tonight

first_imgGhanaian boxer, Isaac Dogboe, believes he is in the right shape physically and spiritually as he looks to return to the ring with a win later tonight.Dogboe faces American, Chris Avalos in a featherweight bout as he hopes to recover from his two losses against Emmanuel Navarrete.Dogboe’s two very high profile losses led to a short break from the sport but he returns to take on Avalos in a featherweight fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.There’s a lot of pressure on Isaac Dogboe to beat Avalos tonight as, despite his impressive 20-0-2 record, he has lost his last two fights.A third straight loss might raise serious doubts about whether the young boxer can ever recover his form.Navarrete beat Isaac Dogboe again in their rematch in 2019Dogboe, who has been training with Barry Hunter after his father, Paul Dogboe came in for a lot of criticism after his last bout, expressed his confidence ahead of the fight.“Right now I feel great, I’ve been with Barry since December of last year,” said Dogboe.“He’s seen me go through the process and everything, and I feel great. I feel great mentally, physically and spiritually. So right now I’m at peace, I’m just ready to roll. I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”Dogboe says his faith has kept him going despite the recent disappointments and will continue to drive him on.“It’s in my nature, I believe in faith. And I believe faith is what drives me. You might see confidence — but I see faith.”Barry Hunter at Lamont Peterson workout on March 26, 2015 at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington DC. Photo by Delane Rouse/Rouse Photography GroupHunter praised Dogboe’s work ethic and his willingness to learn and regain his confidence.“That’s going to be key. Skillwise, yes, he can fight, but it’s like a baseball player who could’ve been a legend but got hit with a beanball. And then every time he stepped up to bat, he’s scared, or he flinches.”Dogboe was on a rapid rise in the sport before his losses to Navarrete and will hope to recover that winning feeling tonight.He definitely has to support of Ghanaians in this regard with Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah wishing Dogboe well ahead of the bout, saying the boxer had learnt lessons from his losses to Navarette and will return stronger against Avalos.“Even though Isaac Dogboe lost the last two fights against Emmanuel Navarrete, ‘the royal storm’ has shown a lot of tenacity to return to the ring for a featherweight title and has learnt all the lessons to overturn his defeat.”“Ghanaians are very confident that Dogboe will come out victorious in this encounter and make Ghana proud after the bout.”last_img read more

Blowing snow today, 35-below wind chills tonight

first_imgEmmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Palo Alto-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha,Mason City, and Clear Lake340 AM CST Thu Jan 24 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THISEVENING……WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AMCST FRIDAY…* WHAT…Blowing snow. Very cold wind chills expected. Winds gusting as high as 40 to 45 mph. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero expected.* WHERE…Northern Iowa.* WHEN…For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Friday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions with drifting snow. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory for blowing snow means thatvisibilities will be limited due to strong winds blowing snowaround. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas.A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind willcombine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia canoccur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat andgloves.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1.=========Humboldt-Wright-Franklin-Butler-Bremer-Hamilton-Hardin-Grundy-Black Hawk-Story-Marshall-Tama-Jasper-Poweshiek-Mahaska-Including the cities of Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond,Hampton, Parkersburg, Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington,Allison, Dumont, Waverly, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora,Ackley, Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, Wellsburg,Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Ames, Marshalltown, Tama, Toledo, Traer,Dysart, Gladbrook, Newton, Grinnell, and Oskaloosa340 AM CST Thu Jan 24 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THISEVENING……WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AMCST FRIDAY…* WHAT…Blowing snow and very cold wind chills expected. Winds gusting as high as 40 to 45 mph. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero expected.* WHERE…Much of central Iowa.* WHEN…For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Friday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, especially in open areas. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory for blowing snow means thatvisibilities will be limited due to strong winds blowing snowaround. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas.A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind willcombine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia canoccur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat andgloves.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1.=========Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Floyd-Chickasaw-Fayette-Wabasha-Dodge-Olmsted-Winona-Mower-Fillmore-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Charles City,New Hampton, Oelwein, Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona,Austin, and Preston318 AM CST Thu Jan 24 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THISEVENING……WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOONCST FRIDAY…* WHAT…Blowing and drifting snow and very cold wind chills. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph today. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero expected late tonight and Friday morning.* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM this evening to noon CST Friday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on some snow covered roads due to drifting. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commutes. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory for blowing snow means thatvisibilities will be limited due to strong winds blowing snowaround. Drifting snow may make travel hazardous or close roads.Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas.A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind willcombine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia canoccur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a warm hatand gloves.The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1. The information below is from the National Weather Service as of 4:00 AM this morning. Click here for an overview of the weather situation as published by the NWS-Des MoinesFor the latest advisories click hereFor road conditions click here…Areas of Blowing Snow Today and Dangerous Wind Chills Later Today into Thursday….An Arctic cold front will drop through Iowa today and bringstrong northwest winds to the state. Sustained winds of 25 to 30mph with gusts over 40 mph are expected. Areas of blowing snoware expected to significantly reducing visibility at times,especially in rural areas in addition to impacting roadconditions with drifting. Temperatures will fall through the dayand combined with the winds will create very low wind chills of 20to 35 below zero over much of Iowa by late this afternoon andfalling further overnight.last_img read more

Perpetual hires Frankie Lim as team consultant

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours INQUIRER sought Lim’s side, but he has yet to issue a statement as of posting.The Altas amassed a 4-14 record this past NCAA Season 93, with Prince Eze carrying much of the load in their campaign together with seniors Gab Dagangon, GJ Ylagan, and Keith Pido.Perpetual is set to begin its buildup for NCAA Season 94 early as it participates in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup in January.Lim last called the shots for Ginebra in the PBA in 2015 after a largely successful run in San Beda, where he won four titles from 2007 to 2011. He also briefly coached Stadium Jakarta in the NBL Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Amid celebration, SBP braces for lots of hard work ahead SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE) PLAY LIST 02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 57-year-old Lim has recently been appointed as a team consultant for the Perpetual Altas.“He’s there in Perpetual now. He’s running the practices but he’s just a consultant,” the source said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJimwell Gican is still the team’s head coach, but the position has long been in dispute with Nosa Omorogbe also calling the shots for a handful of games last season.Another source who corroborated the report said that Lim is also trying to bring in a pair of assistant coaches. Frankie Lim. PBA IMAGESFrankie Lim is back in the collegiate scene.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more