Border Battle rages for a good cause

first_imgThe Badgers are primed for another showdown with the Gophers.[/media-credit]Punches have been thrown, words have been exchanged and the rivalry lives on.It would be hard to find two teams in college hockey stronger and on hotter streaks right now than Wisconsin (23-2-1,17-2-1-1 WCHA) and Minnesota (18-6-1, 13-6-1-1 WCHA).Wisconsin hasn’t lost a game since Thanksgiving weekend, and Minnesota hasn’t dropped a decision since Dec. 3. This weekend, they meet for the second time this season, this time at the Kohl Center.The Badgers have already started to run away with the WCHA, but that won’t stop the Gophers from trying to play catch-up and spoil their rival’s success.“They’re coming in to win,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “That’s what makes the week competitive. That’s what makes the week fun. It has all the makings of a real special weekend.”Earlier in the season, the Badgers and the Gophers split their series in Minnesota. After losing 7-5 in the first game, Wisconsin came back in the second game with a convincing 5-0 win.There’s no doubt both squads will be fighting for a 2-0 weekend.The rivalry, combined with how strong both teams are, has drawn a lot of attention. Saturday night’s game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, as the Badgers hope to Fill the Bowl and bring as many fans to the Kohl Center as they can.“I think it’s pretty crazy,” freshman forward Brittany Ammerman said. “I know the Big Ten Network goes all the way to the east coast, where I’m from. We’re just going to have a lot of fans, which I think will amp us up. It’s just a good atmosphere for us. To have that many fans for women’s hockey, it’s a good promotion.“Like Coach said in his press conference, to get the game out there, that’s all we’re trying to do and it’s for a good cause.”In hopes to get as many fans in the Kohl Center, students can get in free to Saturday night’s game, and for every fan in attendance, a dollar will be donated to Second Harvest on behalf of Becker Law Office. The team is also encouraging fans to bring non-perishable food donations.Hoping for a big home crowd, the Badgers know they have to do all the little things right if they want to stay focused and come out on top this weekend.Minnesota is a fast team. With forwards Amanda Kessel, Kelly Terry and Sarah Erickson leading the way – each of whom had goals on Wisconsin in their last meeting – UW knows it needs to be sound defensively and find a way to slow UM down.“I think we just have to be aware as a team that they are skilled and fast and move the puck well and are coached well,” sophomore defenseman Saige Pacholok said. “Just in practice, we have to make sure we take care of little habits, make great passes, first passes, sticks in lanes; just the little things that’ll make a big difference and will show in the outcome of the game.”Although the Badgers dropped that 7-5 decision to the Gophers earlier this season, Johnson is confident his team will be more prepared this time around.“There’s a learning process,” Johnson said. “We had a young goaltender that night. The puck was finding the back of the net. No fault of effort. The nice thing about it is we learned from some film that first game and came back Saturday and corrected some of the mistakes we had made, and our goaltender stepped up and played well. That’s always a good sign. It would have been a bad sign if we came back Saturday and lost 5-something or 6-something and let in a bunch more goals.”“We know they have a lot of offensive power,” Ammerman added. “That first game up in Minnesota was back and forth. We didn’t have the best game defensively, but we know we can put the puck in. I mean, five goals is usually enough to win a game, but they got seven. We’re pretty ready.”Most importantly, Johnson wants his team to stay focused and play their game. Both games will be a fight to the final minutes, so the Badgers will have to stay consistent and take command of the matchup.“If we’re going to win, our good players have to be good,” Johnson said.last_img read more

Watch: The future looks bright! Chelsea’s best academy goals of 2014-2015 season

first_imgTake a look at the best Academy goals from the season… #CFC https://t.co/ZuqDbyZURE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 4, 2015 Dominic Solanke The Chelsea youth teams have had quite a season.After securing UEFA Youth League success with a dramatic final victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, 19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek earned Jose Mourinho’s recognition with a first start for the senior side against Liverpool in the Premier League.Loftus-Cheek’s team-mates also excelled, with Dominic Solanke amassing a huge 42 goals and Kasey Palmer building a reputation for stunning strikes in a stellar campaign.Thanks to Chelsea TV for the footage.center_img 1last_img read more