Wisconsin caps perfect November with St. Cloud State sweep

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team continues to surge, as the Badgers capped off an undefeated month of November with a sweep over the St. Cloud State Huskies this weekend.St. Cloud (1-11-2) was already having a dismal season, and its weekend efforts at the Kohl Center surely didn’t lift the Huskies’ spirits.The Badgers got off to a hot start Sunday with three first-period goals. St. Cloud forward Alex Nelson managed to slip the puck between UW goaltender Alex Rigsby’s legs for a goal with about five minutes remaining in the second period, but it was ultimately one of the few highlights for the Huskies.Wisconsin quickly responded with two late second-period goals and finished things off with a Hilary Knight goal early in the third period en route to a 6-1 victory.Wisconsin controlled the puck for the majority of both games, which resulted in the Badgers outshooting the Huskies 86-31 for shots on goal on the weekend. Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson has stressed the importance of creating opportunities to score all season, which clearly paid off in the St. Cloud series.“I thought we did a pretty good job Friday of creating opportunities,” Johnson said. “Again, [I] thought we created a lot of opportunities, especially in the second period. [St. Cloud’s] goaltender played well and made some pretty incredible saves, but the kids were going hard to the net, and you do that over a course of time and you get rewarded.”The Badgers didn’t lose a step on either side of the puck after losing forward Carolyne Pr?vost to a leg injury Friday afternoon. Pr?vost’s status is unknown, but the Badgers needed lesser-known players to make an impact in her absence.“She brings a lot of energy to the team,” freshman forward Katy Josephs said. “She’s so quick, she’s always going, so I think that everybody kind of felt the need to give a little more.”Josephs was one of many younger players who stepped up in Pr?vost’s absence. She scored Wisconsin’s third goal in Sunday’s game and has been a key part of the team’s third line. UW’s third line also includes freshmen forwards Karley Sylvester and Blayre Turnbull, and although it’s an inexperienced line, the group that has continually improved and contributed two goals Sunday.“They’ve been pretty good,” Johnson said. “I mean the first month where we had a tough schedule, they got to get their feet wet early and they’ve made improvements in a lot of their games. It was nice [Sunday] to see them score a few goals, and if they continue that, it’s going to make us harder to play against.”Sylvester points to open and clear communication as being the biggest reason for the third line’s recent success.“The communication is a big part,” Sylvester said. “We all communicate, call for the puck, talk to each other when we’re open. If we miss one of the passes to each other, we’ll talk about it and be like, ‘Hey I’m open backdoor, just look next time and that helps a lot.’”St. Cloud stayed within reach a little longer in Friday afternoon’s matchup. The Huskies trailed 2-0 entering the third period, but Hilary Knight had two of three third period goals for the Badgers, as they ran away with a 5-0 victory.Wisconsin has won its last 10 games including the sweep over St. Cloud State. Sunday’s game marked UW’s last home game until January 20, since the next couple months include winter break and four straight road series.“We love playing at the Kohl Center,” senior Brooke Ammerman said. “It’s our favorite place to play for all of us. I mean we’re definitely going to miss it, but it’ll be good momentum going into our long road trip ahead.”last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man who logged into his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook page and posted an insulting status has gone on trial for falsely imprisoning and raping her.The man, who cannot be named, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the false imprisonment and rape of his ex-girlfriend at her home in the early hours of April 6, 2011.He has pleaded guilty to criminal damage by altering her Facebook settings on the same date. Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, gave the jury a “health warning” in his opening address that just because the accused has pleaded guilty to one charge does not mean he is guilty of everything else.The complainant said she had been in a relationship with the man until January 2011. She told Mr Gillane that she started seeing another man but remained in contact with the accused as a friend.She said she had been in her sitting room with her new partner on April 5, when car headlights beamed off the window blinds. She missed a call from the accused and then heard thumping at the door.The woman said when she opened the door the accused walked past her into the sitting room. She agreed to speak to him privately and her new partner left the house.She said as she was speaking to the accused he left the sitting room and she heard the key turn in the front door. She said she realised the man had her phone and she was locked into the house with him.She said she initially refused his sexual advances, but began to feel weak after he threatened her.The woman said the man raped her in her bedroom.She said afterwards she thought the man had left her house, but found him in the sitting room. He grabbed her throat and threatened to harm her boyfriend, before leaving the house with her phone.The woman said she decided to leave and as she drove down the road, the accused followed in his vehicle.She said she drove to a friend’s house when the man stopped following her and later realised that he had posted a status purporting to be her on her Facebook page.The woman denied a suggestion by Isobel Kennedy SC, defending, that she and the accused had engaged in consensual sex.Ms Kennedy showed the complainant a letter she had written to the accused man in March 2011, which gardaí found in her bedroom. Ms Kennedy pointed out that the letter detailed how she loved the accused.The complainant disagreed this was indicative of her being in a loving relationship with the man. She said she couldn’t remember writing it, but accepted she must have felt that way at the time.She agreed with Mr Gillane in re-examination that she had never sent the letter found in her bedroom.The trial continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury.DONEGAL MAN WHO HACKED EX-PARTNER’S FACEBOOK PAGE ON TRIAL FOR RAPE was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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