Amid late season turmoil, Badgers celebrate senior weekend

first_imgSean Dolan and the Badgers hope to get a win in their final series of the regular season after struggling to 0-5-1 in their last six games.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s hockey team hasn’t had a lot to celebrate lately, but the Badgers know this weekend calls for a commemoration.It’s senior weekend as Wisconsin (19-13-4, 11-12-3) hosts Colorado College (18-15-3, 12-12-2) for the final regular season series at the Kohl Center. The Badgers sit one point behind CC for sixth place in the WCHA standings and three points behind Minnesota for fifth place (the top six teams receive home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs).The six-man senior class – comprised of goaltenders Scott Gudmandson and Brett Bennett, forwards Patrick Johnson, Sean Dolan and Podge Turnbull and defenseman Craig Johnson – will be honored alongside their parents in what is always a special weekend for the soon-to-be graduates.The class of 2011 is a unique one for head coach Mike Eaves. Each of these seniors has had to fight for playing time regularly throughout their UW careers. It’s a class devoid of stars or prolific goal scorers. Instead, this class is filled with players who have waited for their time make an impact, players who have accepted their roles from year to year.“It speaks to their perseverance and they get some reward for that hard work,” Eaves said.When asked for their thoughts on senior weekend and what could potentially be their final games at the Kohl Center, several UW seniors were visibly emotional just thinking about it.“It went by quick,” Craig Johnson said with a smile. “It means a lot to me, especially the guys who have stuck around here with me… It’s going to be something I’ll hold in my heart. Especially being a hometown boy from Wisconsin it’s going to be pretty special.”“Its obviously a pretty harsh reality as a senior knowing this could be the last two games that you’ll ever play at the Kohl Center,” forward Podge Turnbull said. “We look back on it and every game you may have taken for granted and now it’s about to end and that inspires us.“You never appreciate it until it’s gone. That’s something that has really started to hit me here in the last few weeks of our season.”Turnbull has become a fixture in the UW lineup during his senior season, but during the Badgers’ Frozen Four run last year, he played in just 12 games. Despite that disappointment, Turnbull says he wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, it makes him more appreciative of his time at UW.“If I could go back to day one and go through all the pain and everything, I would do it again in a heartbeat, just because it’s been so much fun,” Turnbull said. Johnson started his UW career as a walk-on and it will end that way. He played in just three games last season before emerging as a regular defenseman for Eaves in his final year. But much like Turnbull, Johnson believes the opportunity to play at UW has been well worth the wait.“The three years prior to this year I was fighting in and out of the lineup. Coming in here as a walk-on I knew I would have to earn my playing time,” Johnson said. “But I would never change it. I always wanted to be a Badger and I’m glad I got the opportunity… these two games just really mean a lot to me.”These two games mean a whole lot to everyone in a Badger uniform.In addition to the ongoing battle for home ice in the WCHA playoffs, the Badgers must earn some wins to stay in the hunt for a spot in the NCAA tournament.The Badgers are winless in their last six and there isn’t much time left to turn the season around. Something drastic needed to happen. An hour-long team meeting, which took place after last Saturday’s loss to St. Cloud, has been well-documented.As team captain, Dolan was admittedly vocal throughout the discussion.“It was really emotional. I think I showed the most emotion out of anyone. I just tried to show my true colors, how I feel about this team and where I feel this team needs to go,” Dolan said. “I think we learned a lot about each other.”Dolan and his teammates acknowledged the value of that discussion, but they know the improvement must show up on the ice.The Tigers are a formidable foe and they’ve played well against the Badgers historically. But for UW, this weekend’s visitor may as well be a faceless opponent.“If it was an NHL team coming in here, it wouldn’t be any different,” Dolan said. “We need these points.”“We don’t want to take any credit away from Colorado College because they are a really good team,” Turnbull added. “But it doesn’t matter who we are playing, this is a playoff game for us.”Combine senior weekend with the late season turmoil, and UW is left with one emotion-filled series at the Kohl Center.Eaves is optimistic those emotions will propel the Badgers out of their slump.“I hope that’s all good emotion and that we can use it as fuel to get the job done.”last_img read more

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With Slight Route Change, RB OKS Run For Haiti’s Children

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — In a reversal of a decision made late last year, the Borough Council agreed last week to allow a charitable fundraising run in the borough this spring.The council last Wednesday conditionally agreed to permit the Race for Haiti’s Children 5K-run organized in part by Tower Hill-First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road.The council’s approval was based upon a recommendation by the borough’s special events committee, which approved it with some conditions attached.This was a complete turnaround from a decision made by the committee and council back in early December when it denied the request to hold what would have been the second such run to raise money for Haiti relief aid.Mayor Pasquale Menna and Council President Arthur V. Murphy III said at that time the committee’s denial was based upon the impact the event would have on residents and businesses.The officials referred to a memo written by borough Police Chief Stephen McCarthy, who is a member of the special events committee. While noting it was for a worthwhile cause, McCarthy said it would likely inconvenience locals who face the same obstacles of closed streets and redirected traffic from the longstanding annual George Sheehan Run. “These types of events generate a great amount of displeasure and complaints from business owners and residents,” the memo stated.Adam Beacher, a Rumson resident who helps organize the event, said organizers asked the committee what could be done to change its mind. In response, Beacher said last week, organizers acknowledged their route was quite similar to the Sheehan run and worked with McCarthy to determine a route that would be less disruptive. “We changed the course completely,” Beacher said last Thursday.This new plan doesn’t’ require the complete closing of any of the streets along the route and runners would wind up at Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, using that as part of the course, according to Beacher.“It works out really well for us,” Beacher said, as the route would be safer this way.“We do have to have concerns over how it impacts the business district as well as the residential areas,” McCarthy explained. But now with the changed routes and other stipulations, “They conditionally satisfied all of our requirements,” McCarthy added.Little Silver police this week have signed off on the event and organizers now have to submit the appropriate paperwork, for such things as proof of insurance, to move forward, Beacher said.The run is slated for April 21 and Beacher said organizers hope to have up to 500 runners participating. Last year’s event had about 315, and 40 volunteers. It raised approximately $18,000 that went to such organizations as Aslan Youth Ministries, here in Red Bank, and Anita’s Children, doing humanitarian work in Haiti, according to Beacher.last_img read more

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Selects settle for Silver Medal, again, after dropping 2-0 decision to Prince George

first_imgScoreless at the half, the Timberwolves netter the only goal they would need 15 minutes into the second half.A rare defensive miscue by the Select coupled by some hard work by the Timberwolves led to Prince George scoring the winning tally past Nelson keeper Hanna Quinn.Looking for the equalizer, the Select moved defender Maya Ida to the striker position.However, it was the Prince George defenders that limited the Selects to no real good scoring chances before putting the game away with a goal minutes from the final whistle.”There was a time when it was a big deal for this program just to get into a medal game,” Bennett said after NYS squad won its third silver medal.“Now these girls don’t know anything else but winning medals. This cements the fact that Nelson has a terrific program and the younger girls in our community can see the success we’ve had and build on it.” Nelson, winners of Group one following round robin action, opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over host SurDel from Surrey Delta.The Selects then pounded Burnaby Girls Impact 5-0 before scoring a date in the final with a 1-1 draw against Vancouver.Meanwhile, Prince George won Group two by edging Penticton Pinnacles on gold differential after both teams finished with a 2-1 record. For the third consecutive year, the Nelson U18 Selects take home the silver medal at the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup.Prince George Timberwolves scored the game-winnng goal 15 minutes into the second half en route to a 2-0 victory over Nelson in the final of the U18 Girl’s Provincial B Soccer Championships Sunday in Surrey.The loss marks the third straight season Nelson U18s have finished in the runner-up spot at the Provincial B Cup.”It was a real tough one,” said U18 Selects coach Chuck Bennett following the heartbreaking loss.“Tough in the sense that we lost, but not tough because the way we played. If we managed a goal in the first half, I think we win the game by more than one. But once you leave it to the second half then you risk that one bad bounce that leads to a goal and you spend the rest of the half chasing.”Bennett & Company thought the Selects broke through against the Northern Reps 37 minutes into the first half when Shianne Michalchuk made some great moves through the middle before placing a nice pass to teammate Jodi Surina just inside the box.The only problem, Surina’s rocket of a shot rattled off the crossbar.last_img read more

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CHOMAS, KURTZ SELECTED AS XPRESSBET $10K BET WINNERS

first_imgMarch 19, 2015 (Washington, PA) – Leading US-based online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is excited to announce the Grand Prize winners of its $10K Bet Sweepstakes are John Chomas of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania and Thomas Kurtz of Charleroi, Pennsylvania.  Each Grand Prize winner will travel to a marquee racing event in the coming weeks to place a $10,000 Win bet on the race.  Chomas will attend Gulfstream Park’s Florida Derby, while Kurtz will travel to Santa Anita Park for the Santa Anita Derby. In addition to making a $10,000 bet on their race, each Grand Prize winner receives VIP accommodations at the track, as well as roundtrip airfare and a hotel stay for three nights.  25 Second Prize winners in the Sweepstakes won $100 Xpressbet wagering vouchers and 50 Third Prize winners receive autographed memorabilia by top jockeys, including John Velazquez, Jose Lezcano, Joel Rosario and Paco Lopez. Additionally, Xpressbet’s $25K Preakness Big Bet Sweepstakes is just around the corner.  Beginning April 1, Xpressbet customers can register to win a $25,000 bet and a VIP trip to this year’s Preakness Stakes by accumulating entries for bets placed in April and early May.  To Sign Up for an Xpressbet account and earn a $125 Welcome Bonus, simply visit www.xpressbet.com and enter Promo Code XMAN125. In 2014, Xpressbet $10K Bet winners hit in both the Florida Derby and Santa Anita Derby.  Florida Derby winner, Tom Guadagno, turned his $10,000 bet on Constitution into a $43,000 payday, while Santa Anita Derby winner, Scott Shore, used California Chrome to turn his bet into $17,000. “We’re excited to have both John and Tom as our guests at these marquee events hosted by two of the world’s premier racetracks,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson.  “We’ll ensure both of our winners have an unforgettable time at the track and we wish them good luck when handicapping and making their $10,000 bets.” Registrants in the $10K Bet Sweepstakes earned entries for every bet they made with Xpressbet between February 1 and March 15, 2015.   Each Grand Prize winner was randomly selected from the pool of registrants and both winners are eager and excited to attend the races and make their wagers. Xpressbet Customers Will Make $10,000 Bets on Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derbylast_img read more

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