Ohio State mens hockey splits series with Michigan State

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Michigan State on Jan 29. at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith a juicy home matchup against a last-place Michigan State team at home, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team (8-14-2, 3-5-2) came into the weekend with a two-game sweep on its mind. After dropping Friday night’s game, however, it had to scramble to hold off the Spartans on Saturday night to hold onto the split.Michigan State (6-18-2, 2-8-0) got on the board first in Game 1 just over three minutes in the first period. A poor clearance by junior defenseman Drew Brevig was picked up by junior forward Joe Cox. Cox then played it in to sophomore forward Dylan Pavelek, who sneaked the puck through multiple bodies and under OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey.The Spartans would double their lead a little under six minutes later. Sophomore forward Luke Stork was dispossessed by junior forward Mackenzie MacEachern in the defensive zone. MacEachern then centered a pass for Spartans senior forward and captain Michael Ferrantino, who fired the puck into the upper-righthand corner of Frey’s net.“First and foremost, you tip your cap to Michigan State. They came in here and dictated the play, especially for the first two periods, a lot in the second period,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “We didn’t play well, and again that has a lot to do with those guys in (Michigan State’s) locker room. For whatever reason we just weren’t on our game and we couldn’t find it.”The Buckeyes would reply with a goal from junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey. Schilkey collected a pass from sophomore forward Matthew Weis off a faceoff, and launched the puck from long range behind senior goalie Jake Hildebrand, bringing the score to 2-1 at the conclusion of the first period.The second period was looking to finish scoreless, but Michigan State would regain its two-goal advantage with under two minutes remaining in the period. Freshman forward Brennan Sanford’s shot was inadvertently deflected past Frey by OSU freshman defenseman Tommy Parran for the friendly-fire goal.“We’ve just got to be better in all phases. Really, to be honest with you, a couple of bad giveaways on our part they ended up in the net,” Rohlik said about the defensive miscues. “But overall, it just wasn’t our best effort for whatever reason, and certainly we’ve got to clean that up.”Frustrations began to boil over when Weis got tangled with junior forward Thomas Ebbing in front of Hildebrand’s goal. Both players were sent to the box for roughing after the whistle as the second period ended.“We talked all week that this is a good hockey team in Michigan State. Their record, don’t let that record fool you. They’re very capable of beating anybody on any night,” Rohlik said.The Buckeyes once again cut the lead to one goal four and a half minutes into the third period. Freshman forward Mason Jobst picked up a pass from junior forward David Gust and fired a short-range effort into Hildebrand’s goal.Gust’s assist extended his point streak to 12 games, while Jobst’s seventh goal of the season ranks him second among Big Ten rookies.“It’s on us, us leaders to play the right way. Just as a forward group we got to get pucks in and we’ve got to play better as a whole,” co-captain Nick Schilkey said. “Pucks might find the back of the net for us here and there, but we’ve got to clean up a lot of things ourselves.”The Spartans would put the game away, however, with a little over a minute left in the period. The Buckeyes left an empty net in a last-ditch effort to find an equalizer, but it would be MacEachern who would score for Michigan State, putting the match away at a score of 4-2.“We gave one away tonight, but we’ve got to turn the page and come back tomorrow and just get back our game,” Schilkey said.The following evening, the Buckeyes looked to have gotten their game back after a scoreless first period, limiting Michigan State to just eight shots.Goals finally came in the second period. Freshman forward Miguel Fidler fired the Buckeyes into the lead at the 4:40 mark with his second goal of the season. Jobst would double the lead for the Scarlet and Gray with just a little under five minutes remaining in the period.“No question. Guys forget (the bad game). That’s a very good hockey team over there, and they can beat anybody in the country on any given night,” Rohlik said about his team’s bounceback performance. “This is certainly a step in the right direction.”Gust would connect with Jobst again, stretching his point streak to 13 games. Jobst tacked on another point toward his 1.86 points per game, which ranks him fifth in the nation.Michigan State would bring a goal back courtesy of MacEachern with just over 15 seconds left in the period.The third period was dominated by defense, with neither side finding the back of the net. The Spartans would pull their goalie entering the final minute of the period, but neither side could score, ending the contest 2-1.There was a bit of a scare when sophomore forward Christian Lampasso was sent flying head first into the boards by junior forward Thomas Ebbing. Lampasso was attempting to collect a loose puck behind Michigan State’s net when both players hit the deck. He skated off under his own power. There was controversy regarding the lack of an icing call on the play.“Tough call. The hard part about it is my understanding of the icing rule was to eliminate those kinds of hits or plays,” Rohlik said. “To be going full speed, those boards aren’t giving, so it was a dangerous play. There guy was trying to go for the puck, I’m not saying he’s in there trying to hit our guy, but it’s a tough play.”Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple echoed the words of his coach.“I fired (the puck) down and I honestly thought it was icing,” Dalrymple said. “That last two minute sequence, as a defenseman, as a team, we’re not going to give this one up. We’re just happy we got the job done.”OSU is set to complete its three-weekend homestand following a week off against Penn State on Feb. 12 and 13 against Minnesota. Puck-drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. read more

Commentary Big East should take a back seat to the Big Ten

The Big Ten Tournament is a middle child. No one outside of the conference pays much attention to it because they’re too busy watching the golden boy of postseason conference tournaments, the Big East Tournament. Year after year, the Big East Tournament provides college basketball fans across the country with classic games and classic performances in the mecca of the basketball world (Madison Square Garden). There was the six-overtime game between Connecticut and Syracuse in 2009 and Kemba Walker’s epic one-man run to win the Big East Tournament (and ultimately the National Championship) last year. If the Connecticut-West Virginia, Connecticut-Syracuse and Cincinnati-Georgetown games are any indication, this year’s Big East Tournament won’t be any different. But times might be changing. The middle child might make a very loud cry for attention this year. The past few years, the Big East has dominated college basketball. Yeah the conference has a higher number of teams than any other top-six conference, but the conference was stacked like a magician’s deck of cards. That’s not the case in 2012. Top to bottom, no conference in the country is stronger than the Big Ten. Five of the 12 Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 15 in the country, compared to three out of 16 teams in the Big East. Last year at this time, the Big East had seven teams in the top 25. This year they have just four. The fact is when talented teams already familiar with each other get together with high stakes on the line, there are going to be some high-intensity, quality basketball games played. This year, the tournament with the most overall talent will be in Indianapolis and not coincidentally, that’s where the best postseason conference tournament will be as well. To put in perspective how tough the Big Ten tournament will be this year, No. 14 Wisconsin, the fourth-seeded team in the Big Ten, will have to play their first game of the tournament against No. 15 Indiana Friday. So much for a warm-up. And don’t forget, the regular season of the Big Ten ended in a tie. Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State finished with identical 13-5 records in the conference and split their regular season meetings. You don’t think players will be fighting for bragging rights? You don’t think Michigan State is furious they lost their final two games of the year including its Senior Day against OSU? There will be emotion. There will be passion. And in the case of some teams, there will be desperation. Mix those things together and it’s a basketball fan’s heaven. Best of all, the whole thing will be broadcast live to you by the most over-the-top but awesome commentator in sports, Gus Johnson. ESPN columnist Bill Simmons always talks about the “Law Of Gus.” It states that in games he announces, crazy things happen. Buzzer beaters, comebacks, men with overgrown hair and a mole mustache crying in the middle of the court (Adam Morrison), you name it. If Gus is there, everything is in play. The law has been proven and re-proven so many times. It’s only a matter of time before it gets published in a scientific journal. The Big East Tournament may have Madison Square Garden, but I’ll take better teams, unfinished conference feuds and ridiculously over-dramatic announcing. I’ll take the Big Ten tournament. read more

Ohio States Devin McCarthy going south to pursue pro tennis

With a marketing degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and four scholar-athlete awards under his belt, you might say Devin McCarthy of the OSU men’s tennis team has a bright future in the corporate world, if not for one problem – he isn’t finished with tennis. McCarthy, the only redshirt senior on this year’s OSU squad, plans to take his skills to the professional level after No. 5 Buckeyes (26-2, 9-0) finish their 2013 season. McCarthy graduated from OSU in December. “I think I’m going to, in June, go to Mexico for a couple weeks to play some (professional) tournaments. I’m not ready to give up tennis … I don’t really want to sit behind a desk, so I’m going to go try (professional tennis) out and see what happens,” McCarthy said. McCarthy, though, didn’t always think he had the skills to go pro. When he was recruited out of his Cincinnati-area high school by OSU coach Ty Tucker and brought onto the team as a freshman, McCarthy didn’t see that level of potential in his own play. “(Tucker) took a chance on me. I wasn’t that great in juniors, (I) took some time off, my ranking wasn’t that great, and (Tucker) brought me in and spent some time with me in the summer when I was a guy that wasn’t in the lineup, and he spent a lot of time with me,” McCarthy said. However, what McCarthy failed to see in himself, Tucker saw immediately. “I thought (he had) very good potential … (he was) a guy that should have been highly recruited, wasn’t as highly recruited as he should have been. To us he was a certain ‘can’t miss’ player,” Tucker said. “We were very fortunate to get him.” McCarthy is the fourth child in his family to play Big Ten tennis. His two older brothers, Ryan and Mike, played for Indiana, and his other brother, Andrew, played at Northwestern. McCarthy said many of the improvements made in his tennis game came during his true freshman year when he did not see action for the Buckeyes. “Honestly, I don’t think that if I came (to OSU) early, I don’t think I would be playing. I don’t think I would have ever made it in the lineup,” McCarthy said. “I came here in the winter of 2009, and was the worst on the team, second worst on the team. (I) stayed that summer … and that’s when I made the biggest jump and probably got two levels better.” Over the course of the next four years, his extra time spent training and developing began to pay on the court. “(McCarthy) finally earned a spot on the team and never gave it up. He’s been a horse for us – I feel one of the two or three most underrated players in college tennis,” Tucker said. During McCarthy’s OSU career, the Buckeyes have won five Big Ten regular-season championships, four Big Ten tournament championships and have never lost a match at home. McCarthy is ranked No. 91 nationally. Off the court, McCarthy has established himself as a four-time OSU scholar-athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and a mentor to many of his younger teammates. “It’s not always just tennis … (McCarthy) has a great personality and is easy to get along with, and he’s been probably my best friend on the team since I’ve been (at OSU),” said redshirt junior Peter Kobelt. “We’re going to miss him for who he is and for what he does on and off the court.” “He’s been a great leader.” Visit www.thelantern.com for the rest of this story. Tucker said he will be sad to see McCarthy leave but is proud of what he has accomplished during his five years as a student. “I think (Devin) is a great guy – exactly what OSU wants and a true competitor. Him leaving is very, very sad to me,” Tucker said. “Every guy that has ever come through (the program) is a good friend of mine at the end … and I look forward to that relationship with Devin.” McCarthy said his memories at OSU are countless. “Just saying I was an athlete at OSU is going to be pretty sweet to be able to say and look back on,” McCarthy said. “One of the coolest things is being in Seattle or being in California and you’re walking with an OSU shirt and some random dude walks up to you and says ‘O-H’ and you respond ‘I-O’ and then finds out you’re an athlete, and they think it’s the coolest thing in the world.” For the time being however, there are still a few things left to check off on McCarthy’s to-do list before he moves on from his career as a Buckeye. “Winning the Big Ten title at home would be awesome in front of my whole family,” he said. “And I think we’ve got a good shot of winning the national title this year, and that would be the ultimate dream.” McCarthy and the rest of the Buckeye squad are scheduled to face Michigan State on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

Ohio State baseballs Trace Dempsey a different guy on and off the

Then-freshman pitcher Trace Dempsey (50) throws the ball during a game against Nebraska April 15, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 5-4.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBaseball coaches often talk about pitchers having the “mentality of a closer.” It takes a lot of nerve to step on the mound with the game on the line day in and day out and not every player is cut out for it.Ohio State junior pitcher Trace Dempsey, however, has the mentality of a closer. When Dempsey is off the mound, he is laid-back and calm, as his Twitter profile says: “good vibes only.”While that attitude helps Dempsey have a short memory after a poor performance, OSU coach Greg Beals said Dempsey also has a great ability to turn up his intensity at a moment’s notice, which is vital to Dempsey being an effective closer.“Trace is pretty calm, pretty cool normally, but when it’s competition and game time, it fires up,” Beals said. “I look at closers as a guy that has something special, that if you don’t get to see it very often, if you only get to see it a few times, they’re going to be really tough.”Junior starting pitcher Ryan Riga has similar opinions of Dempsey.“He’s not an intense guy until he’s on the mound,” Riga said. “He’s chill, he does his own thing and once it’s down to the bullpen, it’s time to go.”Last year, Dempsey’s 3-0 record, 1.02 ERA and 17 saves earned him National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings third-team All-American, ABCA/Rawlings first-team All-Mideast Region and unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selections.Heading into this season, Dempsey was named an NCBWA preseason second team All-American and third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger.Although he is honored and appreciative of the preseason acknowledgements he received this year, Dempsey said his only concern right now is helping lead OSU to its first NCAA Baseball Tournament appearance since 2009.“Obviously, it was nice to get that recognition preseason, but postseason is really what matters and I’m more focused on the team at this point,” Dempsey said.Redshirt-junior first baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse said Dempsey capably filled the closer role right away.“As a teammate, I feel whenever he’s in the game we’re going to win, and I think that’s the confidence we have in Trace and that’s the confidence everyone in our team has in Trace,” Dezse said.Riga said having Dempsey in the bullpen is a key component of OSU’s success.“Last year, I started out in the bullpen. For that role, it was get your three outs and get it to him (Dempsey) and, pretty much, game’s done. It shortens the game for us definitely,” Riga said. “When Trace is on, nobody is better.”Having a job where every single pitch has the game riding on it also means everything can fall apart in a matter of minutes, something Dempsey said he learned firsthand Feb. 16 against Indiana State when he took his first loss of the season. Indiana State’s four earned runs in the ninth inning of that game equaled the number Dempsey allowed all of last year in 35.1 innings of work.“The Indiana State game, we had a two-run lead and I blew the save and as a closer, obviously that’s tough,” Dempsey said. “I didn’t pitch to my strengths and it came back to bite me. You’ve got to stay with what you know.”Beals said the loss has brought out the best in Dempsey, who was eager to review the game tape and get back on the mound.“He took it as an opportunity and it showed maturity,” Beals said. “We got into some videotape from the Indiana State game and looked at videotape from last year during his scoreless streak just to see where he was and notice some littler differences.”Since that game Dempsey has gotten his pitching back on track. In four appearances he has pitched 4.1 scoreless innings with three saves. His record is now 0-1 on the year with a 4.91 to go along with four saves.“I’ve had better outings since the first weekend and the arm feels really good, but I’m just trying to mix everything (pitches) and keep it all balanced,” Dempsey said.Despite leading the Big Ten with those four saves, Dempsey’s many preseason accolades made for heady expectations that could make his current stat line seem disappointing. But he said none of that has affected him mentally.“As a reliever, you have to have a short-term memory, you can’t dwell on things,” Dempsey said. “Just learn from it and get over it, I was over it after I got out of the shower after that game (against Indiana State). You know I’ve got to move on to the next day.”The Buckeyes (7-3) are set to travel to Eugene, Ore., to take on the Oregon Ducks in a three-game series that begins Friday. First pitch is set for 9:05 p.m. read more

Barca president hopeful Messi will win World Cup

first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is hopeful that Lionel Messi can finally taste glory on the international scene by winning the World Cup with Argentina this summerLa Albiceleste finished as runners-up to Germany in the 2014 World Cup and then later lost the past two Copa America finals to Chile.Their last defeat to Chile in the Copa America final in 2016 had caused Messi to retire from international football, before changing his mind after a lot of persuasion.Among the likes of Germany and Spain, Messi admitted that Argentina are not going to be one of the prime candidates to win in Russia, but Bartomeu is remaining hopeful.“I hope that Lionel Messi can win it,” he told Antena 3, via Marca.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I hope that Leo Messi, the best player in history, can win it and make his dream come true.”Currently, Jorge Sampaoli’s men are preparing for the upcoming World Cup at Barcelona’s training ground.Argentina are in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.last_img read more

Solskjaer reveals how he intends to improve Rashford

first_imgManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed his plans for Marcus Rashford, who believes has “far more” than he did in terms of physical attributesThe English striker has only found the net five times in 22 games for United this season, amid struggles under former manager Jose Mourinho.Following Solskjaer’s appointment, however, Rashford excelled in both of the Norwegian’s games in charge of United against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.Now Solskjaer has paid tribute to the talented 21-year-old and intends to improve him further by working on his movement and finishing in the area.“I think Marcus Rashford has got the motivation and inspiration himself to become the best he can be,” Solskjaer told the club website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He practises a lot, he’s got so much more than I had in the physical attributes – his pace and strength, striking from outside the box.”Maybe I can give him a little bit of that nous that I had in the box – your movement to get free, that little bit of calmness in front of goal. But it’s easy to say when I was 27, 28 or 29 because Marcus is 21 and still learning.“But for me, the most important thing is to settle him down in front of goal. I’ve seen him rush a few finishes like ‘I really need to get a shot off early’.“Sometimes you just pass it past the keeper, because if there’s a defender you just pass it past him or you go past him. That goal will never move. I’m really looking forward to having the amount of talent that I’m working with now up front.The 45-year-old was a prolific scorer himself during his own playing days with 127 goals in 364 appearances for United, which includes the famous match-winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.last_img read more

Kennicott Cancellation Left Some Passengers Stranded In Homer

first_imgThe delay lasted for 33 hours due to a problem that started on April 6, when the elevator used to get vehicles on and off the Kennicott broke down. Many of the passengers had to leave their vehicles in Homer, and they will be transported on the next sailing from Homer on April 21. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Passengers of the MV Kennicott, en route to Kodiak, were stranded in Homer over the weekend after electrical problems prompted delays. Landau said the Marine Highway is not charging customers for leaving their vehicles at the Homer terminal. Aurah Landau, a spokesperson for the Alaska Marine Highway System says passengers were transported on the ferry last night.last_img read more

Renowned homoeopath passes away at 84

first_imgKolkata: Renowned homoeopath Prasanta Banerji passed away on Friday in a city hospital, following a cardiac arrest, sources in his family said. He was 84. The medical practioner was best known for establishing ‘The Banerji Protocol’, which has been described by his website as a method to diagnose and cure specific diseases with homoeopathy medicines.He had also founded the Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation.Born in Jamalpur, Bihar, on October 17, 1933, Banerji had worked as an honorary adviser to the Minister of Health and Family Welfare. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his grief over the demise of Banerji, and conveyed his heart-felt condolences to his family and associates.last_img read more

Award show for excellence

first_imgThe Awards were presented by Dr LB Singhal, Development Commissioner, Noida Special Economic Zone for outstanding Export Performance during the year 2011-12 and 2012-13. Dr. Singhal felicitated all award winners for their sincere efforts in increasing the country’s export.The DC, NSEZ presented export Awards to 18 Prominent EOUs and SEZ, in various categories comprising gem and jewellery, plastic products, electronic, computer hardware, sports goods etc. The prominent awardees included Vikas WSP, Sriganganagar (Rs. 1861.69 Cr), Moser Bear India Ltd ( Rs. 1486.64 Cr), PP Jewellers (Exports) ( Rs 446.96 Cr), Motherson Sumi Systems ( Rs 266.52 Cr), MKU Ltd (100 per cent EOUs) ( Rs 110.04 Cr) etc.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While addressing the participants Dr LB Singhal, Development Commissioner, Noida, appreciated the efforts of EPCES Noida region and said that EOUs and SEZs are engine of economic growth in India and contributing well in terms of employment.  He further said that two schemes for export of merchandised and services which are Merchandised export from India Scheme (MEIS) and Service Export from India Scheme (SEIS) has been announced in the Foreign Trade Policy.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe incentive under the two schemes MEIS and SEIS would also be available to SEZ units.  There are 27 SEZ developers under jurisdiction of zonal DC Noida.  He also mentioned that the facilities available in the SEZ scheme and SEZ developers are providing world class infrastructure in the zone. Madhup Vyas, IAS, Director SEZ complemented EOUs/SEZ units for their efforts increasing export of the country.  He further said that phase-II of the digitisation and online processing of various activities relating to SEZ developers and units has been launched and this would help in bringing transparency and accountability in official dealing and would also greatly facilitate ease of doing business in SEZ.       While welcoming RM Manroa, regional chairman, EPCES Noida, said that export has gone down for the last seven to eight months. The government departments are working hard to achieve the target of 300 billion dollars in 2015-2016. He further said that in spite of the export going down there is an increase in the IT/ITES sector.  SEZ developers have developed IT/ITES SEZ in Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur and other places by investing heavy investment in construction of built up area. He also said that UP government is setting up of electronic park in Greater Noida region to attract investment from overseas companies. Regional chairman complemented awardees for the excellent contribution in increasing export of country.last_img read more