Men’s hockey looks for season’s first win, take on UND

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team will look to get their first win this weekend when they play their first home games of the season in a two-game series against North Dakota.Wisconsin (0-4-0) opened up its season by traveling to Alaska last month, losing its first two games to Alaska-Fairbanks and Alaska-Anchorage. A week later, the Badgers traveled to Green Bay to take on Northern Michigan and dropped both games of that series as well.Friday and Saturday’s games will be the toughest challenge yet for the youthful Wisconsin team. North Dakota (5-1-1) knocked Wisconsin out of the NCAA Tournament last season and enters this weekend’s series ranked 2nd in the NCAA Top 25.Fortunately for the Badgers, they should enter the series with plenty of rest since they have not played a game in the last two weeks. According to Wisconsin senior goaltender Joel Rumpel, the Badgers have used the time during the break to fine-tune the small things that were causing problems.“We’ve been working on a lot of little things,” Rumpel said. “We’ve got a lot of new players on the team and just kind of getting used to the system and putting all the small pieces together that we didn’t quite have ready in the first couple weeks.”Rumpel, along with fellow senior Badger goaltender Landon Peterson, have been solid so far this season, combining for 91 saves and a save percentage of .89 through four games. Despite strong goaltender play, the Badgers have not been able to put it together so far this season due in part to the team’s youthfulness that Rumpel alluded to. Wisconsin lost its top four scorers from last season, and the team has 11 freshmen who have gone through growing pains in the early goings.Sophomore forward Grant Besse said the transition to college hockey from high school is not something that happens overnight.“With so many new guys getting to know our new system altogether, it’s going to take some time to learn the system and go from one area to another,” Besse said.Besse added that one of the biggest adjustments young players must make to play and succeed in college hockey is making quicker decisions on the ice.“You’ve got to know what you are going to do with the puck before you get it.  If you do that, you’ll be successful,” Besse said.Against North Dakota, Besse said they will need to match their opponent’s high work rate and prevent them from getting in front of the net.“We know they’re going to work hard. That’s kind of a staple of North Dakota,” Besse said. “They’re going to come hard with the fore-check and always have a net-front presence.”One of the freshmen Wisconsin will be counting on is defensemen Jack Dougherty, who was one of the nation’s highest ranked recruits. Dougherty will be a key contributor for the Badgers this season as they try to replace all the talent gone from last year.Dougherty will play in his first ever game at the Kohl Center Friday and said the key for him will be staying composed and blocking out distractions.“Obviously, I’m going to be excited about it, but I can’t worry too much about it,” Dougherty said. “I’ve just got to keep myself calm and play my game and perform well under pressure.”Besse admitted that the Badgers have been a little shaky so far this year but said they have put their earlier games behind them and are going into this series with a clean slate.“It kind of feels like a new season going into this game,” Besse said.According to Dougherty, Wisconsin can start off this new slate with a win by playing the “Wisconsin” way.“We just need to do things the Wisconsin way and trust that Coach Eaves and his systems are going to get us through it,” Dougherty said. “We just got to work hard, play physical and hopefully the puck can find the back of the net.”The Badgers will make their Kohl Center debut this season at 7 p.m. Friday night against North Dakota before finishing the series with the Fighting Sioux Saturday night at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers rebound from tough weekend with pair of sweeps

first_imgThe No. 9 University of Wisconsin volleyball team (4-2) looked the part with a dominant performance this weekend in Clemson, South Carolina. The Badgers swept both the nearby South Carolina Gamecocks (5-4) Friday night and the host Clemson Tigers (5-4) Saturday afternoon. The previous weekend, a nightmare at the UW Fieldhouse left the Badgers at .500 for the first time since 2011. But, the season was only four games old, and the Badgers faced some stiff competition at home. Still, Head Coach Kelly Sheffield and the team needed to regain some momentum in South Carolina before consecutive games this weekend against the No. 16 Washington Huskies. Volleyball: Badgers set to bounce back from HotelREDThe No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team (2-2) isn’t used to losing streaks. In their 2018 campaign, the Badgers strung Read…The Badgers attacked the Gamecocks from the service line, piling up 11 service aces thanks in large part to senior libero Tiffany Clark’s five aces. One more ace would have matched the Badger record for service aces in a three-set match since 25-point rally scoring was implemented. South Carolina failed to sustain a balanced offense as the Badgers held two-time All-SEC senior Mikayla Shields to just three kills — the lowest amount in her career. Junior middle blocker Mikayla Robinson notched 10 kills on only 14 attacks. Wisconsin’s impressive serving display prevented more looks going Robinson’s way. Junior Dana Rettke made sure this weekend was a successful one with stellar performances in both matches. Against Clemson, Rettke notched a borderline unhealthy .609 hitting percentage and led the team in kills in both matches. Women’s Volleyball: Kelly Sheffield shines light on team depth for upcoming seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team recently began their regular season schedule. Hopefully, this season will be one of Read…Rettke was named the tournament MVP with two other Badgers — junior Molly Haggerty and freshman Izzy Ashburn. Haggerty and Ashburn joined her on the Clemson Classic All-Tournament Team. Clemson tested Wisconsin in each of the three sets, but the Badgers pulled away with late runs every time. In the final frame, the score stood at 17–17 before UW rattled off an 8–3 run to seal the tournament win. Redshirt junior Kaylin Korte led the Tigers with 11 kills, but swung a match-high 33 times with 10 errors. Alyssa Deloney represented the only Clemson Tiger on the All-Tournament Team though most of her damage came against South Carolina in their match Thursday night.The Badgers held Deloney to a mere four kills on 12 swings. The two wins give the Badgers a 4-0 record away from home this year. However, their home schedule doesn’t get any easier with Washington set to enter the UW Fieldhouse Thursday night.last_img read more

Kodak takes aim again at ink-jet printer market

first_imgThe Kodak printers will be available starting in March. Tim Bajarin, principle analyst at Creative Strategies, called Kodak’s approach “unique” and its pricing “spectacular” – allowing consumers to print 4-by-6-inch photos at home for as little as 10 cents each. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kodak is announcing Tuesday that it is re-entering the ink-jet printer market, challenging Hewlett-Packard’s bid to be the premier photo company outfitting consumers with everything from digital cameras to glossy snapshots printed at home, online or in stores. The Kodak EasyShare all-in-one printers for the home, which have been in the works for more than 31/2 years, promise to spit out lab-quality prints that will last for 100 years while costing only half as much to print compared to other consumer ink-jet printers. Kodak’s ink cartridges will cost less because the printer head is installed in the printer, rather than in the frequently disposed ink cartridge, said Bob Ohlweiler, worldwide marketing manager for Kodak’s ink-jet business . HP has said in the past that it puts the printer head in the ink cartridge because the nozzles tend to clog and need to be replaced. Ohlweiler said Kodak solves that problem with its printer head design. last_img read more