Consistently inconsistent

first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After being swept by No. 15 Colorado College, Mike Eaves spoke with his team for a few minutes in the locker room and emerged with a look of disappointment on his face, a sense of frustration in his presence … and a few markers in his ink-smudged hand.Regarding the markers and the smudges, one could only wonder just how many times the Badgers’ head coach had written the word “consistency” on the locker room whiteboard.Eaves and his players, when asked what went wrong in a two-game series that looked promising to begin with, stressed their inability to consistently play at a high level against their WCHA opponents of late, most recently Colorado College at the World Arena.”We have the abilities to beat the No. 1 team in the country, and yet we have the capabilities of not looking like a very good college team at all,” Eaves said. “The thing that this group has to find, and find quickly, is the ability to be consistent.”Conceivably, the Badgers deserved better this weekend. In the series opener, a first-period goal by Ben Street gave UW a 1-0 lead that held up until less than seven minutes remaining in the game. It appeared goaltender Brian Elliott and his Wisconsin mates were going to skate out a victory despite scoring just one goal.But it all unraveled after that. A pair of strange, perhaps fluke goals — one with 6:54 left in regulation, and the game-winner 2:09 into the overtime period — turned two hard-earned UW points into bitter defeat. The following night, a four-goal surge by the Tigers in the first 23:13 of play — including an opening score just 21 seconds after the initial puck drop — was too much for the Badgers to overcome.”We had certain parts of the game where I thought we dominated,” senior forward Jake Dowell said Saturday. “But there’s other parts where we had letdowns and we weren’t getting pucks out of our zone, so in a sense, some of that was the inconsistency.”The Badgers snapped a 0-for-18 skid on the power play in Friday’s game and passed the puck well with the man advantage in the early parts of both contests. But when the power play began to look disorganized in the third periods, Eaves pointed right to the “C” word.”The power play looked pretty good in the second period,” Eaves said. “All of a sudden, we try to do too much and we look like a dysfunctional group again. So we just have to continue to grow and find that consistency here and find it pretty quickly.”Members of the defending champs are struggling for answers as to how they have struggled so mightily this season; all they know is they have beaten one of the top teams in college hockey (2-1 over then-No. 1 Minnesota Jan. 12), but have been too inconsistent to put together a significant string of wins against the weaker competition.”We have times when we’re awesome,” Dowell said. “When we play our game, we can compete with any team in the country and beat any team in the country; but when we’re off, we’re off.”Sophomore defenseman Davis Drewiske called it “heart consistency,” implying if Wisconsin is able to play hard in the final month of conference play and start playing tough on a regular basis, the Badgers could make some noise late in the season.”I’m very excited to go down the backstretch here,” Drewiske said. “We just need to get that consistency, and we’ll be a tough team to beat.”Eaves admitted how tough it is to get a group of young hockey players to reach that high level of consistency, as opposed to working with group of professional hockey players.”When you talk about pro athletes, the highest compliment you can give a pro athlete is his consistency, game in and game out,” Eaves said. “We’re trying to get 18- [to] 22-year-olds to figure that out.”Dowell added, “We’ve been talking all year how we have such a young team, but at this point in the year, we’re not so young. We talked about it in the locker room after the game, consistency night in and night out.”That’s been our biggest problem.”last_img read more

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Fenton withdraws appeal over drug possession ban

first_imgFenton received the ban after being found guilty on eight charges of possession following an inspection of his County Tipperary yard in 2012. His training licence is revoked as of Wednesday and he will become a disqualified person on March 1st.last_img

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Gateway Development Liberia Builds Roads

first_imgA Liberian-based infrastructural company, Gateway Development Liberia (GDL), has begun the reconstruction of two community roads in Virginia. Gateway Development says their focus on innovation and the use of new technology will help to ensure the roads are functioning at optimal levels for ten years.In a 30-minute tour of the two roads outside Monrovia this past Wednesday April, 23, the company’s Chief Executive Officer,  Adam P. Saffer, said the roads are being constructed through an experimental approach.According to Mr. Saffer, the initial road project was granted by the office of the Liberian leader for ‘Special Presidential Projects’ on community empowerment and sustainable development.During a tour of the roads, our reporter observed that the materials used appeared solid.It was observed that the engineering process was fully computerized and used modern software like Auto-CAD. While the lay out and actual construction was done by the latest machinery operated by fully trained professionals.Mr. Saffer told the Daily Observer that his company aims to help Liberians build a sustainable infrastructure.He expressed the belief that new technology is the best way to assist Liberians in achieving their development goals while cutting down on the considerable costs associated with the various construction projects in the country.He explained that GDL has worked in many countries and has a track record of professional, sustained and durable work that would help minimize the difficulties experienced by Liberians during and after the country’s Rainy Season.Mr. Saffer concluded by urging Liberians and their partners to initiate projects that would have a long life span in order to maximize socio-economic growth.Residents and business owners from the two out-of-Monrovia communities expressed their delight over the construction work. “We are finally saying goodbye to bad roads and dangerous accidents in our two communities,” Francis K. Beyan, a businessman, declared.Mr. Beyan stressed the need for the Liberian Government to consider giving additional community road contracts to the GDI engineering team in the country.Restaurant owner, Mae Dennis Sackie, told the Daily Observer, “I’m grateful to God and the managers of GDL for fixing our roads.” Thomas K. Jonson, a motorcyclist, expressed his satisfaction with the construction work and said he would like more road contracts to be awarded to GDL since the company has introduced innovative methods that would ensure the durability of the country’s roads.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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