Badger hockey sweeps Huskies

first_imgANDREW SCHORR/Herald photoNot to be outdone by the football team’s offensive outburst this weekend, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team swept Michigan Tech at the Kohl Center with an offensive flurry of its own, totaling nine goals in two games.The Badgers won 6-0 Saturday and took Friday night’s contest by a final of 3-2 as they improved to 3-4-1 in the WCHA. Following a win over North Dakota two weekends ago, UW has built a three-game winning streak — a feat they never accomplished last season.Despite shutting out MTU Saturday, head coach Mike Eaves maintained his team still has lots of room for improvement.“We probably played average,” Eaves said. “You take a look at the 6-0 score and you think, ‘Wow, that is really something.’ But it is a little false gold there. The power play was five-for-seven, but we still didn’t do things as well as we wanted to five-on-five.”With a chance for the first sweep of the season, Eaves made the move to start sophomore goaltender Scott Gudmandson Saturday night over senior Shane Connelly. Gudmandson — who had given up a total of 12 goals in his previous two starts — came up big several times to preserve the shutout.“He was excellent all week in practice,” Eaves said of Gudmandson. “We had discussed that whether or not we were going to play him was going to be very dependant on how he practiced. He was excellent, and he made our decision easy by the way he practiced.”The Badgers got on the board with just over five minutes left in the first period when junior captain Blake Geoffrion tipped in a slap shot from sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith. The goal was the first of five power play goals for UW and the first of Geoffrion’s two on the night. Geoffrion, who also added an assist, has scored four goals the past three games and leads the team with five on the season.“He is a stubborn young man,” Eaves said. “He is most effective when he is [in front of the net] and it is finally showing itself. I hope he continues to buy into it, plant that big body of his in front of the net and let pucks hit him, whack away at rebounds and tip pucks in because that is where he is the most effective right now.”“Coach keeps calling me Thomas,” Geoffrion added. “I keep saying, ‘What?’ He is talking about Thomas Holmstrom, from the Detroit Red Wings, and that is who he wants me to play like. The first time he called me that I was like, ‘Is this guy crazy?’ … but that is how he wants me to play.”Wisconsin struck again on the power play a little over half way into the second period when sophomore John Mitchell knocked in the rebound from sophomore Cody Goloubef’s slap shot.UW poured it on in the third, scoring four more goals — including three on special teams.For the game, eight different players from UW recorded a point while Gudmandson finished with 34 saves.Friday, the Badgers’ victory wasn’t quite as comfortable. UW built a 3-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the second period but had to endure a spirited MTU comeback attempt.“We kind of let up our guard a little bit defensively,” Mitchell said. “But we were able to pull it out in the third and kind of get back together. We went back to the basics: keep it simple and go back to playing hard again and pull out the win.”UW put MTU in a hole early when sophomore Ryan McDonagh scored just over a minute into the game. McDonagh received a pass from sophomore Patrick Johnson and shot a wrister from above the left circle, managing to get the puck through traffic and past Huskie goaltender Rob Nolan. Freshman Matt Thurber also received credit for an assist, his first as a Badger.“Tonight we rode the great-start wave,” Eaves said. “Getting off to the 2-0 start in the first and building it to three. But I think, as a coaching staff, there were moments when we weren’t as consistent as we had been in our last game against North Dakota. So, from that standpoint, we are very pleased to get the two points.”The Badgers finished the first period just like they started it — scoring a power play goal. With only 13 seconds remaining, junior defenseman Jamie McBain one-timed a pass from Smith and beat Nolan top shelf to give UW a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. UW’s blue liners finished the game with two of the three Badger goals and five total points.“The reason those young men are on the power play is the fact that they have magic,” Eaves said of his defensemen. “Brendan [Smith] has demonstrated four-on-three, [McBain] has a good shot, and we are trying to set them up and create shooting lanes so they can use their natural ability.”A weekend sweep is always welcomed, but for a team that was winless through the first seven games, getting four points in one weekend does wonders for the team’s psyche.“We are just a lot happier, or I know I am,” Geoffrion said of the team’s winning streak. “Just because our team is winning, we are going to keep riding this wave as long as we can. Keep playing hard every night, and when you do those things you have a good shot.”last_img read more

Donegal public asked to donate to Bikes 4 Africa

first_imgLetterkenny Rotary Club has launched their Bikes 4 Africa campaign where members of the public are being asked to donate their old bikes by leaving them at any of the six Bryson Recycling Centres from Saturday 8th to 22nd October. These bikes will be repaired and refurbished and sent to Africa where they will be allocated to secondary school children to help them get to school each day.This initiative is being supported by Donegal County Council and is part of National Reuse month campaign which is about encouraging people to rethink what we do with our waste and to pass it on, repair it or refurbish it into something new. Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with the Council believes that “this is a great initiative and one that clearly demonstrates what we are trying to achieve during national reuse month. Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse and offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and be environmentally conscious”.Bikes can be left at any of the six Bryson Recycling Centres in Letterkenny, Dungloe, Milford, Carndonagh, Stranorlar, Laghey during opening hours from Saturday 8th to 22nd October.Once the bikes are collected, they are sent to Loughlan House, the correctional facility in Co. Cavan where the Irish Prison Service has arranged for the inmates refurbish the bicycles as part of their rehabilitation and training programme.The latest shipment in May of this year brought the number of refurbished bicycles to 1,000, all of which will eventually be transported to The Gambia, where Rotary’s partner organisation “Jole Rider Gambia” pre-selects the schools, and then oversees the distribution of the bikes, with the assistance of the Gambian Education Ministry. Bikes remain the property of the school, with teachers allocating them to the children according to set criteria.  When a child graduates from school, their bike is then reallocated to another child.   This means that each bike impacts positively on as many as 10 students. Letterkenny Rotary Club was successful in sending 50 + bicycles last year, and want to do the same or even more this year. It costs €10 per bike to have them transported.Shane Clerkin, Manager with Bryson Recycling said they were “delighted to support the Rotary Club’s “Bikes for Africa” campaign by providing collection points at the six Recycling Centres in Co Donegal. At Bryson we are committed to “building better futures” and where better to achieve this than gathering bicycles for school children in Africa.”For Recycling Centre opening times and more on Reuse month visit www.donegalcoco.ieDonations of old bikes to the Bike 4 Africa campaign can be left at any of the six Bryson Recycling Centres in Letterkenny, Dungloe, Milford, Carndonagh, Stranorlar, Laghey during opening hours from Saturday 8th – 22nd October.Donegal public asked to donate to Bikes 4 Africa was last modified: October 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more