Johnson expects tough competition with North Dakota

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first_imgAs the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is getting set to continue its 2011-12 season, head coach Mark Johnson is looking forward to seeing leadership from both veterans and newcomers.This year, the team welcomes four freshman, all of whom Johnson feels have great hockey skills and mindset.“Hopefully, we are talking about all of [the four freshman], that will be a really good thing,” Johnson said. “They are all going to get an opportunity to play and certainly hope they have some success early on because that will bode well as you go through the season.”Johnson added he feels the team’s freshmen have gotten some valuable play time in early matches against Lindenwood two weekends ago and through practice.This weekend’s matchup against North Dakota will certainly prove to be a increase in competition.“Certainly for the new players it is going to be a big step up in regards to the competition that you are playing,” Johnson said. “It’s always nice to get in some games early on just to let the players get a feel for the Kohl Center, what a game day routine is like and have them go through that and then experience some success on the ice.”Johnson said he is focused on embracing the one-day-at-a-time mentality. He emphasizes constant evaluation of practices and games as essential in progressing day-to-day.“As I look at it, you try to make progress everyday, and on the weekends you are playing your games,” Johnson said. “You evaluate it and try to look forward and continue to make improvements.”Veteran leadershipTeam leadership changes from year to year with a new captain, and senior Hilary Knight may be a little more quiet than last year’s captain Meghan Duggan, but Johnson said he feels Knight is up to the job.“I think [Knight] is different, I think she might be a little bit more soft-spoken on a consistent basis, but I think her presence, her work habits speak very loudly in what she expects her teammates to do,” Johnson said.Although Knight has stepped up to motivate and mentor her teammates, the success of the season will depend on the team working together.Johnson said he still feels that it is the senior leadership that reflects on the rest of the team.“The one nice thing about this group is they all work hard, and they work hard everyday, and that is very encouraging,” Johnson said.InjuriesJohnson said he knows injuries are just a part of the game. It’s just business as usual and the coaches and players take that, build upon it and move forward.“That’s always a concern as you go through a season, how many kids are going to miss games due to injuries,” Johnson said. “You can’t predict it, you just have to talk to your trainers in the morning, try to figure out who is going to be at practice in the afternoon and move forward”The Badgers are slowly starting to get back to their normal roster with the early injured players making their way back onto the ice. The Badgers faced a short roster due to injuries during camps, but benefited from the increased playing time for younger, less experienced players.“The nice thing about having the shorter roster early on was kids got a lot of reps, a lot of playing time in their first games,” Johnson said. “As you go through the season, those little things help out.”Tough competitionWith new talent, North Dakota continues to pose a threat to Wisconsin.“They have added a lot of depth with some young European players; they only lost one senior from last year’s team, which is very well,” Johnson said. “It will be a tough opponent.”Overall, the Badgers are looking at facing some tough conference play this year. Each team has their strengths and the Badgers are looking forward to the competitive play.“If you look at our league, those teams (North Dakota, Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth) are capable of winning the whole thing at the end of the season, so it is going to be very competitive,” Johnson said.Johnson said he is looking forward to this year’s competition, and added he thinks it will be a really good thing for the sport. The players, coaches and fans can benefit equally from this increased level of play.“It just helps us more,” Johnson said. “So people can come to games now and not know who is going to win. They are going to be entertained, they are going to see competition.”last_img

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first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story “This means a lot to our community,” said head coach Dan Salisbury. “It was a great game and they (Marcellus) played us tough, but our kids hung in there.”Maybe it only figured that, after all the seasons spent in relative purgatory, Solvay, in order to win this battle between two undefeated (4-0) teams atop the Class B West division, would have to endure a long and stressful battle with Marcellus that stretched more than three hours and included a rash of penalties on both sides.The state Class B no. 15-ranked Bearcats temporarily silenced the state no. 10-ranked Mustangs and its large Homecoming crowd by scoring twice in the first three minutes to grab a 14-0 lead. It is difficult to easily measure the amount of catharsis felt by Solvay football players, coaches and fans as the clock ran out Friday night and the Bearcats had defeated Marcellus 42-35.Gone was a playoff drought that had stretched for more than a decade. Also gone was a streak of 12 consecutive defeats to the Mustangs that dated back to 2008, the Tom Anthony Silver Cup finally back in Solvay’s hands.“It’s crazy, it’s mayhem, but we deserved it,” said quarterback Brock Bagozzi, whose four touchdown passes helped the Bearcats withstand numerous Marcellus comebacks. A 60-yard pass from Bagozzi to Russ Tarbell setting up a two-yard scoring run by Jaimen Bliss, followed by a Marcellus punt that Elijah Wright blocked and Tyriq Block picked up and took to the end zone.Marcellus absorbed this and, with its own vaunted ground game, put together two scoring drives of its own to tie it, 14-14, by the middle of the second quarter, and would pull back even again at 21-21 late in the half after Blaine Franklin’s two-yard scoring dash got the Bearcats back in front.Perhaps the game’s most important play came after that third Mustangs touchdown, scored by Sean Tierney on a three-yard run with less than a minute left in the half.On the very next play from scrimmage, Bagozzi, from his own 45, threw deep down the right sideline and found a streaking Cullen Scott, the 55-yard TD putting Solvay in front for good.The Bearcats’ 28-21 halftime edge didn’t feel secure, given the way that Marcellus was moving the ball on the ground and the fact that Solvay would not have Bliss for the rest of the game due to injury.Bagozzi was still out there, though, and midway through the third quarter he again burned the Mustangs deep, this time with a 48-yard TD pass to Scott over the middle, doubling Solvay’s margin to 35-21.Tierney’s seven-yard scoring pass to Jared Sammon on fourth-and-goal brought the Mustangs back within seven, but early in the fourth quarter Bagozzi again threw deep over the middle, finding Tarbell for a TD that covered 54 yards early in the fourth quarter.Trailing 42-28, the Mustangs kept itself alive when Nick Kermes intercepted Bagozzi, setting up a short five that Kermes finished off from one yard out with 7:30 to play.After a defensive stop, Marcellus got the ball at its own 20 and, again churning up yards on the ground, drove to Solvay’s 25. But after an incomplete pass to the end zone, the Mustangs halted and, on fourth-and-11, Kermes caught a Tierney pass near the goal line, but was out of bounds.Able to run out the clock, the Bearcats claimed its fifth consecutive win, and all it needs now is to defeat Westhill next Friday at Al Merola Field to lock up the B West regular-season title. Tags: footballMarcellusSolvaylast_img

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