Julie Knerr waited in front of the net as Megan Skelly sent a shot toward the New Hampshire goaltender. After the puck deflected off the goaltender, the freshman forward put the rebound in the back of the net for her first career goal.‘It was a bouncy puck, and I felt like it was never going to go in. When it did, Skelly tackled me, like my helmet almost flew off,’ Knerr said. ‘My first goal, I just couldn’t believe it.’Casey Hirsch, a fellow freshman, felt a similar rush when she matched Knerr’s accomplishment to put the Orange up for good early in the third period.SU head coach Paul Flanagan said Hirsch and Knerr played with great energy all night and provided a spark that seemed to be missing in Syracuse’s previous game against Northeastern. Their first career goals led Syracuse (2-2) to victory and helped them relax while boosting their confidence. The freshmen forwards are starting to understand their roles in the Syracuse system, and it showed as they capitalized in key moments in a 2-1 win over the Wildcats last Saturday.Hirsch and Knerr will be crucial to SU’s success on offense moving forward. They provided a first glimpse of their potential with their impressive play last weekend. After losing to Northeastern last Friday, Flanagan decided to experiment with his line groupings to force his team to play hard for all three periods. Hirsch and Knerr had played sparingly in the team’s first three games, but got a chance to play as part of the line changes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd they seized the opportunity.‘We shook up the lines a bit on Friday night, giving people chances and seeing what they can do,’ Flanagan said. ‘Both goals were very opportunistic, a result of being in the right place at the right time. I think you’ll see all these freshmen start scoring goals and contributing a little more offensively.’But what Flanagan admires most about his freshmen duo is its ability to create competition on the ice. He stressed that they are both confident in making plays and add a level of depth to the lineup. Hirsch and Knerr also bring a stronger sense of character in the locker room, Flanagan said.Their confidence is built during practice. Both Hirsch and Knerr understand the importance of repetition in ice hockey, especially when transitioning to the next level.Flanagan said the veteran players have helped the freshmen adjust to the change in competition from high school to college. The four seniors have provided guidance to the freshmen in balancing their classes and arriving to practices and meetings on time.‘The older players have done a real good job being role models for them and giving them expectations both on and off the ice,’ Flanagan said. ‘So I give kudos to the upperclassmen for leading the way.’Syracuse goaltender Kallie Billadeau said some incoming freshmen struggle to fit in on the team, but said Hirsch and Knerr have adapted well.‘Coming from high school, the game was much slower-paced,’ Hirsch said. ‘Practicing with these girls at this level has made a big difference and definitely helped me with my speed.’Hirsch and Knerr have adjusted to the faster game at the college level by attending morning sessions for the players held by the SU coaching staff. It is a chance for them to receive further instructional help. They practice one on one with members of the coaching staff before the rest of the team arrives for practice at 10 a.m.The sessions are not mandatory, but both freshmen have taken advantage of the extra attention. Flanagan said Knerr is specifically working on face-offs and shooting.The freshman duo’s eagerness to improve has created a higher level of intensity for SU early in the season. And after leading the team to a win Saturday, Hirsch and Knerr left an impression on their teammates and coaches.As the season goes on, Flanagan and the Orange will be relying on them to provide a level of depth and continue to make plays on the ice.‘For that second game, we had to change up the lines and the freshmen really stepped up,’ Billadeau said. ‘They’re the reason we won that game.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments
Share SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 NO BS… Brand Architects launches ‘Operator MOT’ appraisal service April 1, 2020 StumbleUpon Share There’s something refreshingly honest and likable about England’s current crop of young upstarts. Sure, their average weekly salary would likely pay off your mortgage, which could be a little grating. And yes, some of their haircuts seem to have been cultured by Maradona with a hedge trimmer after one of his more boisterous ‘white wine’ parties. Add to that they seem to be dating or married to a nice collection of wags who come across as contestants from an alternative universe Love Island where one of the entry criteria is a GCSE.In short, they’re a nice bunch who work hard, leave egos in their Bentleys and, so far, have delivered a brand of winning football not seen for a couple of decades on these shores. The English game has changed beyond belief.So has this innovative, fresh and successful upgrade has been adopted by sports betting brands in their Russia 2018 World Cup marketing efforts?Erm… nope. TV is awash with a number of the top 30 operators (and some of the aspirational minnows). Wall to wall welcome bonuses offering unattainable riches leak like slurry from Google and affiliate sites. Print media is awash with celeb-fronted, garishly coloured, ‘shout it from the rooftops’ advertising that would make PT Barnum blush. Sure, there have been a few tweaks to a tired format. ‘Build a Bets’, ‘In Play’ and Mobile Apps feature prominently but the bug bear that really gets my goat are the misleading price boosts.“Get Kane to score first at an UNBELIEVABLE 100 to 1” seems to be a general vibe, and with a little digging the headline is confirmed – it really is unbelievable.At least the terms & conditions have to be one click away from the banner these days (don’t they guys?) so punters are a short step away from finding out that all that glisters is not gold.“If your bet wins, we’ll settle it at the normal odds and credit the additional winnings to your account in Free Bets*”. *Free bets come with a whole host of additional Ts & Cs.In an age when every set of operator brand guidelines contains the words integrity, honesty, transparency and trust we really haven’t moved the dial very far. Then there are the celebs. If the operators are the organ grinders then who are the dancing monkeys?Dribbling parody of his former self Maradona joins fellow legend needing a new villa Cafu in bwin’s stylish World Cup heist mini movie. Even more galling is that it wasn’t just bwin who are funding the digit-wielding party boy’s endless summer – FIFA are handing him £10k a day too for his ambassadorial services which is starting to look like the worst spend since Sharknado 5: Global Swarming was optioned.Then there’s Ladbrokes who have somehow tempted Town Crier/ National Treasure Brian Blessed away from Takeshi’s Castle to star in their ‘Bettors of Britain’ spot. Some things get better, some things stay the same.Here’s an idea – the industry has become more organised in terms of self-regulation, thus following the lead made by big tobacco and the drinks industry twenty years ago. Why don’t we just agree to ban welcome bonuses – all of them? Get rid of this misleading, loss leading rubbish wholesale and instead concentrate on product quality, odds value, UX, CRM, player management and customer communications with a big dose of responsible gaming policy as the ribbon on top. Will it ever happen? No, of course not – unless it was mandated by UKGC as a 100% blanket ban. But then, that wouldn’t ultimately be bad news for either operators or customers, would it?In the meantime the race to the bottom for operator bonuses continues apace and, for once, the England football team don’t seem to be following suit. Harry Lang is the founder of Brand Architects, a brand-building and integrated marketing consultancy. You can follow him on Linked In or Twitter @MrHarryLang Related Articles Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019 Submit
Yet despite all the opinions, debates and rumors surrounding the pick, one person who was conspicuously silent on the matter was Rodgers himself. Until Friday, when he appeared on CBS Sports HQ to discuss Green Bay’s selection.MORE: Why Rodgers trade rumors in 2020 are a complete waste of time”And I think, general reaction at first was surprise, like many people,” Rodgers said. “Obviously not going to say that I was thrilled by the pick necessarily, but I understand: The organization is thinking not only about the present, but about the future. And I respect that. I understand … their focus and their mindset, and obviously they thought that he was such a great talent that they needed to go up and get him.” “General reaction at first was surprise. I’m not gonna say that I was thrilled by the pick.” – Aaron Rodgers on the Packers’ selection of Jordan Love pic.twitter.com/QbaDEKaslM— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) May 15, 2020That’s about the best reaction Rodgers could give in the situation, especially considering how eerily it mirrors his own selection in the 2005 NFL Draft. Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre was 35 at the time; Rodgers is 36. Love has already spoken with Rodgers as well, saying the Packers great congratulated him on his selection.That said, it doesn’t change the fact many Packers faithful feel the organization has failed to properly support one of the league’s all-time talented quarterbacks. The Packers only selected one pass-catcher in the 2020 draft — a tight end — in what has been described as one of the best receiver classes in recent memory. Moreover, Rodgers has only thrown one touchdown to a receiver taken in the first round of the draft.Only time will tell if the Packers made the right decision to build toward the future, rather than focus on their present. One of the most criticized moves of the 2020 NFL Draft came when Green Bay traded up four spots in the first round to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.The move came as a surprise not only to Cheeseheads everywhere, but also the NFL at large: Why select the heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers when he and the Packers are still talented enough to make a Super Bowl run?