Maddi Welch ‘a wall’ in Syracuse’s 2-1 win over Penn State

first_img Published on January 25, 2019 at 10:52 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Maddi Welch certainly has the hot hand.After mixed results last weekend, Welch solidified her spot at the top of the goalie depth chart by making a career-high 33 saves in Syracuse’s (6-17-1, 6-5 College Hockey America) 2-1 win over Penn State (9-11-4, 4-7 ). Plus, she did it all while playing against her sister, Abby, and in front of six family members in the Tennity bleachers. “She was a wall tonight,” sophomore defenseman Kristen Siermachesky said.Welch focused on slowing the Nittany Lions’ offense by holding soft shots for faceoffs and angling more challenging attempts to the corners to allow her defense to clear more easily. Limiting second chances is the main indicator, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said, of a confident goalie.In the first period, Welch recorded 12 saves, most of them routine stops. Early in the game, Penn State’s Katie McMillan slammed her stick against the boards in frustration after Welch caught her wrist shot from the right circle. Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Jessica DiGirolamo gave SU a 1-0 cushion with a bouncing wrist shot from the top edge of the right circle.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPSU tested Welch more in the second, but the senior made two key stick saves to thwart odd-man rushes. During a power play late in the second, Welch made back-to-back saves with her leg pads before Natalie Heising ripped a wrist shot from the right circle, which Welch calmly snagged out of the air with her glove. Penn State’s frustrations continued, especially after redshirt senior Brooke Avery slotted a shot into the top shelf to give Syracuse a 2-0 lead.Since the beginning of the season, Welch has focused on limiting rebound chances, she said. Siermachesky called her rebound control “amazing.” Deflecting pucks into the corners takes pressure off defenders because it’s easier to clear from there instead of cleaning up in front of the net where there’s more traffic, Flanagan said. It took 47 minutes and 30 shots on goal for PSU to finally break through Welch. On a power play with 13 minutes left in the third period, Welch couldn’t funnel a shot to the corner like she had all night, and Penn State’s Katie Rankin finished the rebound. That cut Syracuse’s lead to 2-1, but Welch only had to make three more saves to secure the SU victory. Two of Welch’s 33 saves came against her sister, who would yell after shots to make sure Welch knew it was her. Though Welch said playing her sister Abby didn’t add any motivation, she said the two have a sibling rivalry. When they return home for summer, they practice against each other, keeping score of how many shots she rejects versus how many Abby scores, Welch said. Tonight, it was Welch two, Abby zero. Half of Syracuse’s wins this season have come against Penn State, with Welch in net for all of them. She’s allowed three goals in three games against the Nittany Lions, including a shutout on Nov. 3. In those games, Welch has rejected all four of her sister’s shots.  “She’s on a roll,” forward Anonda Hoppner said of Welch. “We owe a lot to her.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Stars Pump-up for CBL Final-4 Playoffs

first_imgThe playoffs have been confirmed to hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.This final stage of the ‘May Madness Tournament’ has been preceded by the All-Stars game which also featured three-point shootout and slam dunks. Mayes Jordln from the USA won the three-pointer after beating fellow Americans Mark Hill, Israel Faulcon and Jared Grady. The Lagos City Stars guard also pushed aside Thierry Gomis from Cameroon who plays Yaoundé Giants.The hall was electrified by the slam dunk contest won by Thomas Doug also of the City Stars. It was an emotional night for Thomas who lost his brother on the day the game was played.The West Team coached by Ayo Bakare defeated the Central Team 119-113 coached Godfrey Dosseh of the Abidjan Raiders.American Thomas George of the Eko Kings was the MVP of the stars game. It was his first time receiving such an individual award.He said, “I just wanted to put in my best for a game like this and I finished as the MVP. I am really excited because it is the first time I will be so honoured in a competition at this level and I believe it will help me quite a lot for the playoffs.”The playoffs will tip off June 3 with the match between Abidjan Raiders and Yaoundé Giants at 4:00pm local time. The next match of the same day will be between Eko Kings and Lagos City Stars at 7:00pm. This match will be a war in every sense of the word after the Kings snatched a win from the City Stars in their last match played in Yaoundé, Cameroon after trailing largely until less than a minute to the buzzer. The winners will play the final match the following day by 5pm.Five games were played over three days in Cameroon with Eko Kings coached by Bakare maintaining their unbeaten run.FINAL-FOUR GAMES FIXTURES:●Saturday, June 3 – Abidjan Raiders vs. Yaoundé Giants 4:00pm●Saturday, June 3 – Eko Kings vs. Lagos City Stars 7:00pm●Sunday, June 4 – Championship Game 5:00pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The countdown for the Final-4 playoffs of the Continental Basketball League (CBL) has reached crescendo with players, dancers and singers gearing up for what is expected to be the biggest basketball play offs ever on the continent of Africa in recent times.The CBL features players from the USA, Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Cameroon, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Chad Ghana and the Bahamas.last_img read more

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Medallion Hunt Clue No. 3 – Wednesday, June 29

first_imgClue No. 3 — Wednesday, June 29You know, the bronze third place medal isn’t always bad.Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, June 28That Stinks! PU!Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27Glad you’re with usWe’re 30 this year and excited to have you join us.Diana Page was a sponsor and co-conspirator of the Medallion Hunt for 15 years;this year’s event is dedicated to her.GO!last_img

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