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GREG DIXON/Herald photoAfter starting the season ranked No. 1, the Wisconsinwomen?s hockey team had nowhere to go but down. For the entire month ofNovember, it seemed like all the Badgers did was fall further and furtherbehind. During an eight-game stretch in November the women?s hockey team went2-5-1 and looked nothing like back-to-back national champions.One reason for the team?s early struggles is theirdependence on five freshmen ? who have never had to balance college classes andcollege hockey before ? to play major minutes for the team.?It is always difficult to play your first semester and toplay hockey while you are preparing for your first exams,? junior goaltenderJessie Vetter said of the freshmen. ?So once school ended, and we just focusedon playing hockey and having fun, our team started to do a lot better.?Since the rough skid in November, however, UW (16-6-2,12-4-2 WCHA) is riding a six-game win streak in which almost all members of theteam have contributed. One major reason for the team?s turnaround is theoffense?s rejuvenation and ability to find the back of the net. In the past sixgames the team has averaged 3.5 goals per game.?The biggest reason that we are winning is our ability toscore three or more goals in a game,? head coach Mark Johnson said. ?In thegames that we weren?t successful, we only scored one or two goals. Our defensehas remained pretty good all season, so when we score three or more there is agood chance that we are going to win.?Despite their recent offensive success, however, someplayers still think the team could be scoring more goals.?To tell you the truth, I think that we should have scoredsix goals in all of those games,? senior Jinelle Zaugg said. ?We had a lot ofchances to score more goals, and we need to work on finishing thoseopportunities.?This weekend, the No. 5 Badgers will face No. 9 St. CloudState (15-5-4, 10-5-3 WCHA) at the Kohl Center. The Huskies ? who split a two-gameseries earlier this year against the Badgers ? are a scrappy team that has wona lot of close games this year and will present a strong challenge for UW?srevitalized offense.?Their goaltender can play exceptionally well,? Johnsonsaid. ?We out-chanced them and out-shot them last time, but she came up big,and we couldn?t find the back of the net in the first game.?Along with the usual motivation for winning the game, theBadgers have placed a little extra emphasis on sweeping the Huskies thisweekend. Back when these two teams met in September, UW was on an NCAA-record,32-game undefeated streak, which ended at St. Cloud in a 2-1 loss.?We want to win every game, but there is a little extramotivation because they did break our streak,? Vetter said. ?But in the end itis just another WCHA weekend, and we have to get four points out of it.?Along with the pressure to win this weekend, the Badgers arefacing mounting pressure to catch up in the WCHA race. With only ten more gamesto play, UW trails University of Minnesota-Duluth by eight points in theconference and probably needs to win out to have a shot at the WCHA title.?We have got ten games left, and we are trying to win themall,? Johnson said. ?With that said, however, you can only take the games oneday at a time, and right now we are focused on St. Cloud State.??We like the pressure,? Vetter added. ?Ourteam has made it a goal to win out, and we will work hard and see whathappens.? read more
As if it were unexpected, Andrew Helmer charged up the field and drew little attention. The skills — the size, the speed, the stick-handling — were nothing new during Syracuse’s season-opening loss to Colgate. The 6-foot-1 long-stick midfielder rarely flashed them for much of his career. Offense or defense, he navigated mostly with his long pole in hand, sparingly using a short stick. Against the Raiders in 2019’s season-opener, to the surprise of maroon jerseys that sat and watched, Helmer reached back and found twine.“I’m pretty limited honestly,” Helmer said. “Usually I’m trying to get it to the extra man on the fast break. But, I mean, if someone gives me time and room, I’m more than willing to shoot.”While the effects of an 80-second shot clock have been largely minimal, SU head coach John Desko noted that the inception will lead to a faster pace of play before the season. A game which for years moved toward specialization now highlights midfielders who can play both sides of the ball. No. 8 Syracuse (5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) has proven pieces for that mold. Junior short-stick defensive midfielder Peter Dearth showed versatility off a primarily offensive role in his first year and David Lipka has gone on scoring explosions. Helmer, in a consistent role with a goal and an assist so far this season, represents the evolution of SU’s system to feature its top athletes.“Guys are used to specializing at a young age and a lot of your short-stick defenders aren’t used to handling the ball,” Desko said. “If we can find guys like that, it’s a bonus.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJosh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerHelmer primarily served a defensive role with the long stick when he attended Summit (New Jersey) High School. He played close, one-on-one defense and shifted out to navigate the crease area. But Helmer showed something more, and became adept leading fast breaks — he scooped ground balls and took off. Jim Davidson, Helmer’s high school coach, talked with coaches about giving Helmer an opportunity with the short stick and possibly adding him to the man-up unit. But Helmer settled as a close defender and used the speed that made him “one of the fastest guys on the team” to create offensive opportunities.At Syracuse, the Orange saw an opportunity to take advantage of Helmer’s tools. By mid-April 2017, Helmer developed a reputation as a runner in the defensive midfield. The platoon of Helmer and Austin Fusco increased SU’s forced turnover numbers. Though SU’s defense has struggled against dodges from the top side, Fusco and Helmer have earned the Orange extra possessions.Starting in his sophomore year, Helmer’s contributions with a short stick were limited. He was injured and could only practice the last two days of the week. For games, he picked up the short stick and “tried to do my best.” Helmer appeared in 12 of Syracuse’s 15 games (the three he missed were due to injury) and split time between the short stick and the long pole.Coming into 2019, Helmer said he remained limited with the short stick and practiced with the rest of the defensive unit in pre-practice shooting lines and stick drills. Though he’s rarely shot in practice prior to this season, Dearth said SU’s “aggressive and up-tempo” style has forced players like Helmer and Spencer Small to work frequently with short sticks, so they’re “not completely clueless” when put in those situations in-game. “I’m definitely getting more comfortable with it,” Helmer said. “Being able to play out in transition and play both sides, I think that’s huge.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorEven on the defensive side, the short stick relies mainly on footwork and quickness, something Davidson said Helmer adapted to. He thrives through contact and utilizes his speed to stick with players and lead the break the other way. “He’s been becoming an unbelievable offensive midfielder,” Dearth said.Against Virginia, Syracuse mounted a comeback through mainly quick-trigger transition play off of faceoffs. Behind the goal, Helmer camped with the long stick he was used to playing with. When the ball found him, he passed it over the top to Bradley Voigt. In one of his best plays of the season, Helmer exemplified the offensive development he’s made, the result of a playing style Syracuse is taking advantage of.“It’s a progression,” Helmer said. “Getting better and better.” Comments Published on April 1, 2019 at 12:06 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
The Street Fighter series will expand its reach onto mobile thanks to a collaboration between Beeline, a Capcom subsidiary, and Skillz, a mobile esports platform. A new game for mobile platforms was announced, along with an in-client competitive platform for live battles.They emphasised the competitive experience in a press release, describing “a wholly unique and competitive Street Fighter experience on mobile.” The venture will also have “live broadcast competitions integrated natively within the game, powered by the Skillz platform.” While it seems Capcom, through Beeline, will be heading the game itself, Skillz lends its claimed background in esports hosting by providing a platform for live battles. While they are vague about their portfolio, Skillz describes its role in these games as not only managing the tournament itself, but assisting with broadcasting and spectating the games. The company claims to manage the esports component of over 3,000 game studios and “more than 30 percent of all esports [sic] awards in 2016” and over 4 million minutes of game footage broadcasted to fans. “With this partnership, Street Fighter will define the future of competitive mobile gameplay,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and Founder of Skillz in the release. This is the convergence of Capcom’s recent ventures into competitive fighting games and mobile games respectively. While Beeline hasn’t produced any smash hits, it’s developed a line of franchised games for names such as Shrek, Ghostbusters and Snoopy the Dog. Capcom may be looking more closely at Capcom Mobile’s Android remaster of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, which released late May. (The game was also released for iOS in 2014.) Meanwhile, Street Fighter as a franchise has exploded in popularity due to its competitive aspect and the release of Street Fighter V in February 2016. The franchise was already an arcade staple, and despite the fifth iteration not having an arcade release, it became an overnight esports hit. The game’s success was further proven by Turner Media’s television series ELeague, an invite series of many of the top players in the game (though it wasn’t part of the Pro Tour). This will be Capcom’s newest foray in mixing the genre and platform, though its previous game, Street Fighter X Tekken for iOS, didn’t have a similar esports focus. The new project will be met in app stores by the indie fighter hit Skullgirls, which saw its full release this month, plus other franchised apps such as Marvel’s Contest of Champions and DC’s Injustice. Esports Insider says: This could be a high-risk/high-reward move by Capcom. They have the sheer popularity and charm of their games and brands to last them a few lifetimes. Of course, that’s in a familiar way as, say, Angry Birds. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether the game’s competitive platform will be well-received and viable when push comes to shove. Here’s hoping, if only for the next generation of gamers, who genuinely love their mobile apps. read more