Second line makes difference in 2nd game; Ammerman dazzles with 4 goals scored

first_imgWisconsin’s line of Brooke Ammerman, Brianna Decker and Saige Pacholok may not have started Friday’s game against Wayne State, but they ended it fairly quickly.The three players contributed to five of Wisconsin’s goals, as the Badgers dominated the Warriors 6-2 in the series finale. Ammerman scored four goals, while Decker added a goal of her own and Pacholok assisted on three of their scores.Although they could be considered Wisconsin’s second line, they have been the most productive group for the Badgers all season. The line members were not originally paired with each other at the start of the season, but according to Pacholok, the group has started to come together.“Coach said in between periods we were dynamic on the ice,” Pacholok said. “We weren’t standing still, we were looking for sticks to hit passes with.”Just 42 seconds into the game, Decker stole a pass deep in the Wayne State zone and fed it to Ammerman for the easy score. It was Decker’s first shift back from a broken arm suffered Oct. 3 against North Dakota, and she appeared to have no lingering effects from the time off.Decker — playing in just the third game of her career — also scored when she netted a wrist shot from inside the blue line. According to Decker, the game was a big step forward personally and for the team.“It was great to be back out there with the team and on the bench,” Decker said. “I think we just showed the potential we have.”Decker isn’t the only one happy she’s back out on the ice.“Decker is a special player,” Wisconsin head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “You can see just the way she has vision for the ice.”In the nine games without her, the Badgers scored just 2.8 goals a game, well below expectations for a team that has outshot opponents almost every game this season.One player who stepped up during Decker’s absence was the freshmen Pocholok, who had three assists in the last nine minutes of the game. None was more impressive than in the last minute, when she was down on her knees deep in the UW zone. Despite being unable to skate, Pacholok spun her stick around and directed the puck away from the Wayne State attackers to set up a goal with just 7.8 seconds remaining.The real star of the game, though, was Ammerman, who scored in both the first and last minute of the contest. Her four goals were not only a season-high but it would have been good for third place on the team for the whole season. With her last score, however, Ammerman tallied her ninth goal of year, almost twice as many as the next Badger.“Brooke was phenomenal — she played great today,” Decker said. “I think if we continue to put the puck in the net, it’s going to help our team a lot.”Ammerman also finished the game with plus-3 rating, the only player on either team to do so.“I hope I can play like this against better teams.” Ammerman said. “It was just a productive day for everybody on the ice.”As a group, the line achieved some remarkable statistics. With Pacholok’s three shots, Decker’s seven and Ammerman’s 11, they outshot the entire Wayne State team. In fact, Ammerman’s total was one short of all the shots Wayne State had for the first two periods.The trio also managed to solve Wisconsin’s power play issues, which had been frustrating the team all season. Decker and Ammerman scored the two goals with the extra attacker, and the team was 2-for-5 on the power play for the night. According to DeKeyser, if the line continues to play this well, it could finally mean a turnaround for the frustrating season.“Both [Ammerman] and Decker are very good offensive threats,” DeKeyser said. “That 1-2 punch was the difference today.”last_img read more

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first_imgSharapova on Russia’s provisional Olympic team for Rio MOSCOW (AP) Russia has included Maria Sharapova on a preliminary team for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test. Sharapova has been suspended since March after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January, but the Russian Tennis Federation hopes she could be cleared in time to play in Rio de Janeiro. Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev tells the Tass news agency that Sharapova was on a preliminary squad list, “but if she isn’t able to compete, then the next-highest player on the ranking list will go into the team.” Russia can send up to four players for the women’s singles tournament but currently has seven players in the world’s top 56, the cut-off point for qualifying for the Olympics. Man United mum on Mourinho reports MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United is not commenting on a report that Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the club’s new manager. British broadcaster Sky Sports said yesterday that Mourinho has been appointed by United. The club hasn’t announced the deal. Former United defender Rio Ferdinand posted on Facebook his “congratulations to Jose on being announced manager of the biggest club in the world!” Louis van Gaal was fired as United manager on Monday, and Mourinho’s representative and United have held talks this week. Sturridge injured again, Rashford set for England debut GATESHEAD, England (AP): England striker Daniel Sturridge has picked up another injury, potentially affecting his chances of being selected for the European Championship. England manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday that Sturridge has a calf injury that has prevented him from training and is a doubt to play in the warm-up match against Australia today. Hodgson has until Tuesday to finalise his 23-man squad for the tournament in France. England’s first game at Euro 2016 is against Russia on June 11 in Group B. Sturridge has been beset by injury problems in recent years. His latest injury increases the possibility of 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s fairy-tale season being extended to include the Euros. Hodgson said yesterday that Rashford will make his debut against Australia in Sunderland as a starter if Sturridge isn’t fit. Rashford only made his United debut in February. Coyle out as coach of the Houston Dynamo HOUSTON (AP): Owen Coyle is out as coach of the Houston Dynamo. The Major League Soccer team said Wednesday that it parted ways with Owen Coyle by mutual agreement. Assistant coaches Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey and Paul Rogers will oversee the team tomorrow in Houston’s game at Vancouver. Assistant coach Sandy Stewart also left the team. “It is unfortunate that we were unable to achieve the goals we set forth together and that we find ourselves mutually parting ways as a result of many professional and personal circumstances,” Dynamo President Chris Canetti said. “Without a doubt, Owen brought many great qualities to the club. Coyle, a former player and coach in his native Scotland and England, was in his second season. “I asked Chris if I could speak with him today and I explained to him the challenge of being away from my family and how we all want the best for Houston Dynamo,” Coyle said statement released by the team. “We have a brilliant club, and I have no doubt success is just around the corner.”last_img read more

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Guyana risks becoming pariah State if Govt doesn’t respect rule of law – Teixeira

first_imgChief WhipGail Teixeira…says President has to lead from the front, set date for electionsMuch is at stake if the Government continues to disregard the Constitution and leadership is not shown by President David Granger, who, by law, has to set a date for elections that is in keeping with the Constitution of Guyana, but, since December 2018, has failed to do so.This is according to former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who was at the time appearing on the Globespan 24×7 live show in New York, USA on Sunday.Also appearing on the panel with her was Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Member, Dr David Hinds and Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) Presidential Candidate Lenox Shuman.According to Teixeira, Guyana is at a crossroads where it can either respect the Constitution, or become a pariah State that does not respect the rule of law. She noted that the onus was on President Granger to respect the Constitution.She pointed out that despite the ruling, the status quo remained the same, and Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson remained at the helm of the elections body despite being declared unconstitutionally appointed by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).She stressed the importance of the President making efforts in good faith to comply with the ruling and the Constitution, so that his public utterances that he respected the CCJ ruling could have some credibility. These good-faith efforts, she noted, would include Granger seeking Patterson’s resignation.“The attitude of the Government since the ruling has been less than inspiring and, frankly, quite disturbing. We need good-faith efforts by the President, to advise Mr Patterson to resign. We have to have good-faith efforts by Granger to name a date for elections within 90 days from June 18, based on the CCJ ruling.“Those two things, were he to do them, would certainly enhance the Government’s dedication or declared dedication to the Constitution and would give some comfort to Guyanese that we are still within the democratic fold of countries. That is the next step,” Teixeira said.According to Teixeira, anything other than concrete good-faith efforts from the President would mean he has been paying nothing but lip service when he declared his respect for the decision. Her call for good-faith measures was echoed by Shuman.Meanwhile, Dr Hinds noted that the two political sides now have to come together in some kind of compromise. According to Hinds, it is his hope that the leaders can put the country as a priority in seeking such a compromise.However, Teixeira high-lighted the importance of the Constitution, which she noted was supposed to guide the behaviour of citizens and was sacrosanct. She also pointed to all the effort that went into creating the constitutional changes during the 1999 to 2001 constitutional reform process.As a way forward, all the panelists were in agreement that the political parties should agree on a strict timeline to be followed in order to appoint a new GECOM Chairman. And with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo already declaring that he has a list of candidates ready to provide to the President, Teixeira noted that such an appointment could be made in a week by the President.Last week, the CCJ ruled that the no-confidence motion tabled in Guyana’s National Assembly in December 2018 had been validly passed and, therefore, general elections must be held within a stipulated time frame. It also ruled that Patterson was illegally appointed.President David GrangerFinance MinisterWinston JordanBut while Granger publicly announced his respect for the CCJ rulings, his Ministers have been less respectful. Government Ministers have, in fact, made statements that defied the CCJ rulings and even the CCJ’s jurisdiction in Guyana – although Guyana has recognised the Court as its final appeals court since 2005. The first such statements were made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan. According to Jordan, the coalition Government is not prepared to call elections unless House-to-House Registration is carried out regardless of what the CCJ or anyone says. Jordan made this statement during a Government outreach in Bartica on Tuesday, in the presence of several other Ministers of Government. At the time, Jordan also rallied coalition supporters to protest if necessary for House-to-House Registration. This is despite the fact that this exercise is likely to further delay elections that were constitution-ally due since March 21 of this year.Minister of StateDawn Hastings-WilliamsOn Friday, Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams rejected the CCJ’s appellate jurisdiction during a bizarre protest staged by several Government Ministers and a few A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters outside GECOM’s headquarters, where they were calling for House-to-House Registration before elections were held.Hastings-Williams voiced her blatant disregard for the CCJ as Guyana’s final court of appeal by saying that that Court had no authority to issue any consequential orders on Monday, since Guyana is an independent state with its own laws. The PNC, through General Secretary Amna Ally, has since distanced itself from her comments.The CCJ has set today as the date to hand down con-sequential orders, though it has given the opposing sides an opportunity to craft their own way forward, to be submitted to the Court for consideration.last_img read more

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