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Women’s hockey: Head coach credits Desbiens’ stellar goaltending in exceptional season

first_imgJunior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens put together a historic season in front of the net for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Her performance was so impressive that head coach Mark Johnson attributed much of the team’s success this season to her efforts.“[Desbiens] has been consistent,” Johnson said. “She’s gotten better over the course of the season … I think she made another step after our Christmas break … as I looked at [the numbers] Saturday night, they’re a little mind boggling because as a coach you don’t think about individual players, a goaltender doing that.”This past weekend, Desbiens continued her dominance as Wisconsin swept Minnesota State in the first round of the 2016 WCHA playoffs and the Badgers advanced to the Final Face-Off. The goaltender shut out the Mavericks during both games, 4-0 Friday and 6-0 Saturday.Women’s hockey: Badgers rebound in postseason debut, advance to WCHA semifinalsThere was an aura of both great pride and confidence Saturday evening as the Grateful Red locked shoulders with one Read…“We’ve played 36 games and over half of them have been shutouts,” Johnson said. “That’s probably an unrealistic number if you’re sitting here in September looking at what you might want to do over the course of the season.”Desbiens allowed just 26 goals over the course of the 34-game regular season and allowed on average less than a goal per game.From Oct. 10 to Nov. 13 the Badgers rode her nine-game shutout streak to equally as many wins, while the team outscored its opponents 42-0 during the same span.Minnesota-Duluth, who Wisconsin will face in the second round of the tournament, snapped that shutout streak on Nov. 14. The two programs will meet for the fifth time this season Saturday, with the chance to advance to the championship game on the line.Johnson believes Duluth will be confident offensively after the team’s 5-1 stomping Friday and a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday over Bemidji State.“From their standpoint they have to be confident coming out of this past weekend, and their top line is probably as good as any line in the league,” Johnson said. “Offensively they can create some problems. They can score some goals. It makes their power play effective, so our standpoint is preparing similar to what we did against Mankato.”But with Desbiens in the net, Johnson is optimistic about the team’s chances.“In our business, a goaltender can win you a game,” Johnson said.last_img read more

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Watch Photos:Sheep play soccer in honour of World Cup

first_imgColombian town, Nobsa, celebrated the country’s return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence by staging a soccer match played entirely by sheep.Billed as the first soccer match played by sheep, the teams were split into two — one representing Colombia and the other World Cup hosts Brazil — the sheep were dressed in customized jerseys and named in honor of the actual stars that will take the field in a week’s time.Over 400 spectators cheered on the farmyard footballers, watch the four-legged footballers, who were trained for two weeks to recognize and kick a foam soccer ball through a rustic goalpost made of wooden logs.The final result was a 4-3 victory for Colombia, thanks to a goal in the final 50th minute by the mutton midfielder “James Rodriguez,” whose two-footed namesake plays for French club Monaco.last_img read more

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Don’t blame teachers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOR years, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s leaders blamed students for the district’s low achievement. Now school board president Marlene Canter has a better idea it’s the teachers’ fault. Talking to city and school officials last week, Canter urged focusing on other reforms, and not breakup or mayoral control, as the way to turn the LAUSD around. “Governance is something that can be tweaked,” she said, “but it’s not the lever for change.” Really? We would have thought that in an institution that’s been chronically out of touch with the people it’s supposed to serve over a span of decades systemic corrections might be necessary. You know, like breaking it up into manageable parts. Something more than mere “tweaking.” Not according to Canter, who has joined the old guard’s chorus defending a bloated and inefficient bureaucracy that squanders fortunes and squelches teachers. “I know people get antsy and they want to change direction,” said Canter, “but you need people in who can develop programs with sustainability.” So don’t think about tossing out the current board and replacing it with mayoral appointees. Don’t think about getting rid of the bureaucratic deadwood. Don’t think about putting the millions saved by streamlining the administration into classrooms and the pockets of top teachers. So who is to blame for the LAUSD’s problems? Teachers and principals! Among the reforms Canter is urging for the LAUSD is changes in teacher quality. “I want us to get rid of terms like must-place’ teacher and the dance of the lemons’ when it comes to principals.” Fair enough. We’ve long supported greater teacher accountability including scrapping tenure and instituting performance-based pay. But let’s not pretend such reforms would be a cure-all for the LAUSD. And let’s not forget that district officials are to blame for the current lack of accountability. Canter, for one, has been on the board for nearly five years. LAUSD teachers, most of whom do heroic work given the circumstances, aren’t the problem. And they shouldn’t be scapegoated to fight off genuine reform.last_img read more

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