The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-15-5, 6-9-5 Big Ten) had a respectable trip to South Bend, Indiana this weekend — defeating the No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (16-11-3, 9-9-2) by a score of 2–1 Friday before losing by a score of 5–2 Saturday.Wisconsin forward Linus Weissbach put the Badgers on the board less than six minutes into Friday’s game with a power-play goal. The Fighting Irish answered late in the period to tie the game at one apiece.The game was scoreless throughout most of the second period before Roman Ahcan regained the lead for the Badgers with just under three minutes to play. This would serve as the game-winning goal, as Wisconsin held Notre Dame scoreless in the third period to preserve the victory.The highlight of Friday’s game came from the spectacular performance between the pipes from Wisconsin goalie Daniel Lebedeff, who saved 30 of 31 shots.The Badgers’ special teams played a large factor in the game, as they went one-for-three on power plays and went two-for-two on penalty kills — both were improvements considering the team’s recent struggles in the special teams department.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin seeks upset, revenge on road against No. 15 Notre DameComing off of a tough weekend series against Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (9-14-5, 5-8-5 Big Read…Wisconsin captain Peter Tischke credited the Badgers’ effort after the win.“Everything was clicking tonight,” Tischke said. “It started with our goaltending. Daniel played unbelievably, and then from the D corps on, we played really well. The forwards did a great job of getting open for us. Our special teams did great.”In Saturday’s affair, Wisconsin came out of the gate strong once again, with Matthew Freytag scoring just two minutes into the game. Despite the Badgers outshooting the Fighting Irish 34-31, Notre Dame went on to score five goals to win the game by a score of 5–2.Lebedeff was pulled following 40 minutes of play after allowing four goals on just 18 shots and was replaced by Jack Berry, who finished with eight saves on nine shots.Sean Dhooghe scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season late in the third period, his first in 11 games.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin swept at home by No. 3 Ohio StateDespite a valiant effort against the visiting No. 3 The Ohio State Buckeyes (19-5-4, 12-3-3-2 Big Ten), the University of Read…The story of the game was opposite that of the first game, as the Badgers failed to connect on three power plays and allowed the Fighting Irish to capitalize on three of their five chances with the man advantage.Head Coach Tony Granato gave his takeaways on Saturday’s game.“Tonight, they were great on the power play, and we weren’t as good as we were last night on those special teams,” Granato said. “That’s really the difference in the game. We had lots of chances on five-on-five. We knew they would come out and play better, and they did. We had our opportunities to stay in the game.”Wisconsin now sits in seventh place in the Big Ten with 25 points. With four games remaining before the Big Ten Playoffs, Penn State, who currently sits in fifth place in the Big Ten standings, awaits the Badgers in Happy Valley.Puck drops are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Friday’s game is available on Big Ten Network and can be listened to on 1310 WIBA and Saturday’s game can be listened to on 1070 WTSO.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Lakers’ return to greatness – or, at least, goodness – continues, wobbly as it is.The team went six games over .500 last week for the first time in six seasons. Not that it was met by rejoicing.In keeping with the ongoing transition from last season’s team of young prospects to next season’s with multiple superstars (they hope), there was more finger-pointing, er, focus, on which Lakers might not fit with LeBron James.Lonzo Ball? How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Unfortunately, when Johnson upbraids his coach and it gets out in decibel-by-decibel detail – and then says Luke “will finish the season” in the closest he comes to reassuring anyone – the press will assume Magic will blame Luke for anything else that goes wrong and “Walton Under Pressure” headlines will bloom like spring flowers.Internet pundits who have never been to a Lakers game will say Luke has “lost the team”– Gee, I had it here a minute ago – a cliche that’s meaningless with players continually sniffing the air to see who management is and isn’t backing, but suggests inner-circle intimacy.Good luck, Lakers. You’re all going to need it. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBrandon Ingram?Surely not the recent arrivals, Make ’Em Dance Lance Stephenson, No More Travail JaVale McGee or Ragin’ Rajon Rondo?None of them?Chaotic as it seems with saturation coverage of LeBron teams, the Lakers have to do this, in the rare and thrilling position of reinventing themselves as in days of yore.Lakers management is definitely excited about something. In-the-loop Kobe Bryant used his appearance at last week’s all-access event to taunt two-time defending champion Golden State (“We’ll be champions before you know it and then we’ll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans, who all of the sudden came out of nowhere.”) The dumb part, of course, would be thinking you can arrive at any conclusions about who fits with LeBron at this point.There’s an intelligent answer to all the questions now posed daily: “We’ll see.”Young players run hot and cold, especially in the all-important 3-point shooting that decides who fits with whom.These decisions are hard. The Lakers had Julius Randle for three full seasons (and a fourth in which he played one game) before letting him walk last summer, thinking he would be a bad fit with James (which, I should note, I agreed with).That left them with nothing to show for their 2014 lottery pick and four-year investment, and they can now see Julius tearing it up in New Orleans, even if he still doesn’t go right or make 3-pointers.There’s an important lesson that no one is in a hurry to tell you:It’s really easy to be wrong about this stuff.Before writing off anyone else for failing the LeBron test, let’s take a closer look at some old faves now under the gun:Brandon IngramNo, really.At last season’s end, the Lakers considered him their best, hardest-working, most grown-up young player.If it was true then, it should be true now, but doubt entered in as soon as he leveled off, early as it is, with arch-supportive Coach Luke Walton acknowledging, “We need him to get better, he knows that.”Since Magic Johnson called Luke out even earlier – the seven-game mark – you begin to see the pressure they feel, from Magic down.Ingram’s drop from 16 points per game to 15 is no biggie with the arrival of a 25-point-per-game scorer. On the other hand, Ingram’s 3-point shooting, which zoomed from 29 percent to 39 percent last season, has wilted to 32 percent.With James, a ball dominator but willing passer who draws defenses, nothing is handier than teammates who make open shots.(Of course, that’s the approach the Lakers resisted to build a better defense – an ongoing challenge as suggested by Friday’s 133-120 loss in San Antonio – and had better rethink.)Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.In LeBron Team style, the questions about Ingram became a media pile-on that included an esoteric NBA.com stat measuring the effectiveness of two-man combinations.With James and Ingram, the Lakers’ offensive rating is a mere 0.4 points per possession higher than their defensive rating.This dovetailed with an unnamed scout telling ESPN that James and Ingram were “not working.”On the other hand, there’s a question of how well any of the Lakers’ top prospects work with James.Going into the weekend, the LeBron-Kyle Kuzma tandem had a mere plus-2.4 net.LeBron and Ball had a 2.7.The best rating for any young Laker with James was 9.4 for LeBron and darkhorse Josh Hart.The Lakers’ three highest net ratings were all with 36-year-old Tyson Chandler, alongside Hart (18.8), Kuzma (17.7) and James (15.6).If you can see why Chandler has taken minutes from McGee, you wouldn’t want the Lakers to bring in a lot more 36-year-olds.Personally, I prefer less-esoteric, more meaningful Old School stats like shooting percentage. Believe this: LeBron and Ingram will work a lot better if Brandon goes back to knocking down 3-pointers.Brandon’s track record suggests he will, but time will tell in 100 percent of cases.Lonzo BallIf it was Ingram’s turn in the barrel last week, it was Lonzo’s the week before.Lakerdom has seen Ball sparkle when he makes 3-pointers and takes the ball to the hoop … and disappear when he’s too deferential.Unfortunately for Lonzo, he has to do this the hard way – amid expectations, sharing his job with Rondo, when healthy, and sharing his playmaker role with James.Insiders say LeBron understands this is a transition, but the expectations pressing so heavily on them all press first and foremost on him. Last week, James told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes he had almost “cracked” under the pressure.James responded by taking over, averaging 32.5 points during the recent four-game winning streak.However, that comes at the expense of Ball’s opportunities, with Lonzo scoring 2-10-7-14 during the streak with assist totals of 4-4-4-9, while going 4 for 16 on 3-point attempts.Luke WaltonI thought pulling last season’s young team out of an 11-27 start to finish 23-20, with ownership doting on him, would earn him a full season of support in this rolling experiment, no matter how bumpy it got.I was wrong. Johnson went off on him after a 2-5 start. Of course, they’re 13-4 since.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers