Robbie Savage urges Arsenal to sign Thomas Partey plus defender this summer

first_img Comment Savage believes Partey would be a ‘good signing’ for the Gunners (Picture: BT Sport)Last month, Rio Ferdinand named Partey as one of three central midfielders Manchester United should be looking at this summer, along with Saul Niguez and Wilfred Ndidi.‘I’d maybe go get Partey from Atletico Madrid or Ndidi from Leicester,’ the ex-United defender told The Beautiful Game podcast.‘I like Saul Niguez. He’s a very, very good player in midfield.’ Advertisement FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirus is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Former Ghana international Nii Lamptey has warned Partey that a move to England could be ‘suicidal’ for his career and told his fellow countryman to stay on with Atletico Madrid.‘There are numerous offers coming for Thomas Partey but his career will take a nosedive if he doesn’t choose his next move well,’ Lamptey told Ocean 1 TV.‘The country and league he will pick will determine his future. I will advise him to stay in Spain rather than going to England or Italy. ‘He can move within Spain and join another top club rather than focusing on the financial gains to move out of the country because that can be suicidal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Sometimes, decision making can destroy your career. My move to England was a wrong one for me. ‘Aston Villa was a wrong move because their style of play was not going to suit me. If I had gone to France or Spain at that time, it would have helped my career more than going to England.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Lionel Messi undergoes coronavirus test at Barcelona training as La Liga stars prepare for season restartMORE: Mikel Arteta tips Kieran Tierney to become ‘special’ at Arsenal Thomas Partey is firmly on Arsenal’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)Robbie Savage believes Arsenal need to strengthen defensively this summer and has urged the club to complete a move for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has reassured fans that he has multiple plans up his sleeve for the summer transfer window despite the coronavirus pandemic halting the season and creating financial uncertainty across world football. Atleti defensive midfielder Partey has been heavily linked with the Gunners in recent weeks and the Ghanaian’s father recently fuelled these rumours when he appeared to confirm talks were in place over a move to the Emirates. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 May 2020 11:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisement Robbie Savage urges Arsenal to sign Thomas Partey plus defender this summer Mikel Arteta insists he has multiple transfer plans in place (Picture: Getty)Atletico Madrid, intent on fending off interest from the Premier League, are preparing to offer Partey a contract which would increase his release clause from €50 million (£47m) to €100m (£93m).AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Partey has reportedly told close friends that he’s keen to complete a switch to Arsenal and the Ghana international is hopeful an agreement can be reached between all parties.Asked where the north London club need to improve, ex-Blackburn and Wales midfielder Savage told BT Sport: ‘I think Arsenal defensively… will they go for a strong midfield player?‘I know Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid has been talked about. I think he would be a good signing.‘And a defender, whoever that may be.’last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says it’s up to Arsenal to convince him to sign new deal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang says it’s up to Arsenal to convince him to sign new deal Arsenal want Aubameyang to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists Arsenal know his demands and it is up to the club to get him to sign a new deal.The Gabon international is set to enter the final year of his contract and has been linked with Inter and Barcelona in recent months.Aubameyang’s wage demands are thought to be at the centre of discussions between the player and the club and the striker hinted was ready to leave the club if necessary.‘I haven’t recently received a proposition but of course there have been discussions with the club,’ he told French outlet Telefoot.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s them [the club] who have the keys and for them to do their work. Afterwards we will see what happens.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It is a turning point in my career. I have been very frank with everyone. It will be of course a very difficult decision to make.‘It is possibly the most important decision of my career. But so far nothing has been decided.’ Coral BarrySunday 14 Jun 2020 11:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Comment Advertisement Arteta wants Aubameyang to stay (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang was handed the captain’s armband after a turbulent start to the season and is the club’s top scorer with 20 goals.The 30-year-old outlined his ambitions for the rest of his career and stressed winning titles was his priority.‘Of course [I see titles in the future],’ Aubameyang said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Every player that is a competitor dreams of winning titles. Everyone will then ask the question if you would like to win at Arsenal or win elsewhere.‘As I said, it is the future that will tell us that. But I want to win titles. That is clear and everybody knows it.’ If Aubameyang refuses Arsenal’s offer, the Gunners are prepared to cash in so not to lose the star forward for nothing next summer.MORE: Danny Murphy rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Premier League restartMORE: Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to be offered to rivals Tottenham in shock loan moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Maasai Women Installing Solar Panels in Remote Regions of Kenya

first_imgWomen entrepreneurs in Kenya cash in on selling popular Maasai blankets Women refugees in Kenya earning from crafts Related The Maasai are a semi-nomadic pastoral ethnic group spread across Kenya and Tanzania. They live in some of the most arid lands in the region, where modern utilities like Electricity are unheard off. Life almost comes to a a standstill once the sun goes down as there is no power. But a new project spear headed by Green Energy Africa has brought solar energy to 2,000 homes. CCTV’s Susan Mwongeli reports. Chinese women living in Kenya launch Kenya Chinese Women Associationlast_img

Over twenty certified in Food Safety and Manufacturing Processing

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Participants at the CARDI workshop.Over twenty persons have received certification in Food Safety Measures and Manufacturing Processing following a three-day workshop organized by the Caribbean Agricultural and Research Development Institute (CARDI) in collaboration with the Bureau of Standards.This workshop is just one of the many programmes forming part of the Root and Tuber Crop Project implemented in Dominica through the Caribbean Agricultural and Research Development Institution (CARDI).Miranda LaurentMiranda Laurent, National Coordinator for the CFC/EU Root and Tuber Crop Project said that while the programme includes yams and sweet potato, last weekend’s workshop focused primarily on cassava.She said that “cassava is one of our focused crop and we also have to support Agroprocessing valued added to the crop. Cassava root crop in itself is the only root crop that is being processed in Dominica and is being transformed from a root crop into something that somebody can readily eat like the cassava bread and the farine. Now the hub of that focus of value added farine processing and cassava processing is predominantly on the east of the island which stretches from Atkinson all the way back to Sans Sauveur. You will find most of the cassava farmers within that sub region.”The workshop covered a number of topics to include food safety issues, good manufacturing practices and hazard awareness for the agro processors.“We want to help them to create awareness in food safety and today we are collaborating with the Bureau of Standards; they are the main facilitators. They will be taking us all the way from personal hygiene to waste management and hazard awareness, international food standards and labeling. We are really looking at bringing the farmers and agro processors from one level to the next so that they can present a better product to the consumer”, she said.The workshop, which is being certified by the Bureau of Standards was facilitated by Mr Simon Nyaaba, Senior Technical Officer & CWC Coordinator at Dominica Bureau of Standards.Mr Nyaaba said that the first day of the workshop focused on public awareness and information followed by practicals and a review. “What we are looking at is basically the issue of personal hygiene, we will also look at cleaning and sanitizing. We will also look at the whole issue of building the facility itself that we do the whole processing of farine, how the layout suppose to look like, what the facilities within the building going to look like. We will also be seeing the prevention of contamination, how do we prevent cross contamination, how do we go about doing the control of raw materials and also the whole issue of pest control in the environment or in the area where we process food. What some people don’t know is that there are standard procedures for hand washing. We also dealt with the whole issue of labeling and packaging because you would understand that if you see how the farine is being packaged here, it does not really meet some of the standards and requirements for it to be marketed appropriately”, said Nyaaba.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNews Over twenty certified in Food Safety and Manufacturing Processing by: – September 14, 2011 23 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Coronavirus: Ex-Arsenal duo Djourou,Song sacked by FC Sion over contract dispute

first_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon Former Arsenal duo Johan Djourou and Alexandre Song are among nine players sacked by Swiss club FC Sion for refusing to take an unemployment settlement in light of the coronavirus. The entire squad was contacted on social messaging service WhatsApp by president Christian Constantin on Tuesday. Constantin’s message asked the players to take a “technical unemployment” deal which would see them receive a payment of around 9600 Swiss francs – an amount that is equivalent to 80% of the legal monthly salary in Switzerland. The players were given until noon on Wednesday to respond and, although many of them refused or failed to reply, nine were subsequently let go – many of them on contracts that were due to expire at the end of June. As well as Song and Djourou – who played for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger – Christian Zock, Pajtim Kasami, Ermir Lenjani, Xavier Kouassi, Birama Ndoye, Mikael Facchinetti and Seydou Doumbia now find themselves dismissed without notice and without a club as world football has ground to a halt in the face of the pandemic. The Swiss Players Union, the SAFP, has protested the dismissals, calling them unfair, while the players are reported to be seeking legal advice. Loading… center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The SAFP wrote: “You have terminated the employment contracts of the players without notice by letter dated 18 March 2020. We hereby expressly protest against this termination without notice.” The letter, issued to the Swiss club, adds: “We therefore expect you to withdraw these abusive terminations immediately and to enter into discussions on possible alternatives.” In neighbouring Germany, Borussia Monchengladbach players agreed to take a reduction in wages in order to ensure the club could continue paying non-playing staff. French Ligue 1 club Amiens have asked their players to consider similar measures. Read Also:Sion cancel Song, Djourou contracts due to coronavirus In England, meanwhile, Manchester United made a pledge to their casual staff that their wages would be paid, even if the Premier League season were to be cancelled or played out behind closed doors.last_img read more

Batesville, Dillsboro score ‘Impact Grants’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded more than $52,000 to 11 communities and organizations for quality of place initiatives through the Quick Impact Placebased Grant.“Making small, but meaningful changes to the quality of place in our state not only brings communities together, but lets visitors know that Indiana is a welcoming place,” Crouch said. “I am excited to see these grants being used in such innovative ways, and I look forward to visiting the final projects.”This is the third year for the competitive matching grant program designed to fund placemaking and quality of life projects that spark community-wide conversations and creativity.  This year, an educational component was added to the program, encouraging applicants to include youth involvement in the proposed project.“Creating a place where people want to live is a critical element to creating a sustainable, interconnected community and strong economic development strategy,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “These applicants understood how to take an underutilized asset, enhance it and further activate that space beyond just the initial project.”Awarded projects receive grant funds ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. For more information, visit Main StreetCity of Batesville, $5,000This grant will commission a collaborative mural project to activate an infrequently used alley in the town square. After a review of submitted design plans by local high school students, a selected artist will lead students in the artistic process to develop and implement the idea, with the theme of music, which is a nod to the music and arts culture in Batesville.Brown County Enrichment for Teens/ Kids on WheelsTown of Nashville, $5,000Funding will assist the community in creating skateable art in the Deer Run Park’s new skate park.  Stained leaves will be incorporated into the concrete design, highlighting the town’s heritage of fall leaf colors. Local adults and youth will be volunteering time and labor to build elements of the park.Center City Development CorporationCity of Richmond, $5,000The grant will allow the community to install and activate community games in downtown Elstro Plaza. A combination of commercial concrete game tables and wooden games constructed in community workshops, this project creates opportunities for the community to come together to Play in the Plaza.Coatesville Downtown Revitalization, Inc.Town of Coatesville, $5,000Funding will renovate the exterior of one of the town’s blighted centerpiece buildings, a 1930s gas station. Although it will be a non-functional station, the storefront will be revitalized into public space with a throwback theme. This project will transform an unusable space into a fun, community gathering spot, and be the location for the town’s annual car show.Columbus Parks and Recreation DepartmentCity of Columbus, $5,000The grant will fund enhancements to Blackwell Park with upgrades to the trails and new park signage. In addition, new educational signage, bird houses and bee hotels will be added to provide visitors more opportunities to connect with the natural park setting.Discover PlymouthCity of Plymouth, $3,500This grant will be used to install a pollinator garden in the downtown district.  The garden will be easily accessible by all and will be used by the public library and Boys and Girls Club for educational purposes.Tell City Regional Arts AssociationCity of Tell City, $5,000Funding will create murals on the flood wall entrance to Sunset Park. The mural will be a stenciled, paint-by-number project to allow for community engagement and will accompany an additional mural being planned for the other floodwall entrance.Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Inc. City of Lafayette, $5,000The grant will be used to create the Wabash Walls, a street art festival occurring in the Wabash Avenue neighborhood of Lafayette. The paint out involves several artists from around the nation and abroad painting in designated areas throughout the neighborhood.Town of Dillsboro $4,370 Funding will transform an asphalt space in the downtown to be used as a cultural, educational and community gathering place.  Murals and a dance floor will be painted by local artists, with a few pieces of outdoor furniture crafted by community artisans.Wabash MarketplaceCity of Wabash, $4,418This grant will be used to beautify traffic control boxes by wrapping them in famous works of art in both Wabash and North Manchester. In addition, two of the designs will feature local artists depicting county landmarks.Warren County Community FoundationTown of Williamsport, $5,000Funding will reinvigorate a former skate park into a family-friendly recreational area. This area will include a variety of games such as chess, checkers, tether ball and shuffleboard. The project was designed and lead by local youth who recognized a need and found a creative way to transform the space in a useful and innovative way.last_img read more

Fulham set to sign Boateng

first_imgFulham are set to complete the signing of Ghana international Derek Boateng, Press Association Sport understands. The 30-year-old is a long-standing target of Martin Jol, who has attempted to bring in the Dnipro midfielder on several occasions before. Boateng’s transfer had to be put on ice previously due to contract disputes with his Ukrainian club, but Press Association Sport understands a deal is now close to being pushed through. The former Getafe, Cologne and Beitar Jerusalem man will reportedly pen a two-year deal at Craven Cottage. Boateng is one of the unnamed players manager Jol revealed he had agreed a deal with at last week’s pre-Swansea press conference. The Dutchman confirmed he had also agreed a deal with one of Wolves’ Bakary Sako, Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta or Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Fulham have already completed a deal for right-back Sascha Riether, who will join the west Londoners permanently after a successful loan spell. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Farfan & Mendes Men’s first division hockey league Old Fort suffers back-to-back defeats

first_imgIT was tough going for the Old Fort men last weekend as they were made to endure two losses in as many matches against Bounty GCC and the Pepsi Hikers in the Farfan & Mendes Men’s First Division League.On Friday afternoon at Bourda, Old Fort took the field against an energized Bounty GCC,playing in front of a vociferous home crowd.The match seemed as though it would be an easy one for GCC as Old Fort,without a few of its senior members, succumbed to a Mark Sargeant field goal just 3 minutes into play and Kevin Spencer added a second for the Bourda side ten minutes later.Just as the match seemed to be getting out of Old Fort’s reach however, Old Fort’s Aderemi Simon, pushed into the forward line,produced two moments of pure brilliance.In the 22nd minute of play, Simon received a long pass from defence, turned past his marker and outpaced the GCC defence to blast a bullet of a shot into the GCC net. Simon would repeat this feat five minutes later for his own and his team’s second goal of the match to take the score into half time at 2-2.GCC’s pressure in the second half proved too much for Old Fort and their defensive fortitude eventually collapsed, conceding six more unanswered goals to end the match with an 8-2 GCC victory. Spencer managed a helmet-trick for GCC while Shaquille Leung scored a double and Kareem McKenzie a single.The very next afternoon saw Old Fort return to the field against tournament leader,Pepsi Hikers. This matched proved even more one-sided as the Hikers drowned their opposition by 9-0. While Old Fort managed to keep the game scoreless for sixteen minutes, the Hikers seemed threatening from the start. Midfielder Shane Samuels was the highest scorer of the match with a hat-trick, Andrew Stewart scored a double while Robert France, Randy Hope, Kevin Fogenay and Tivesard Garnett each added one.Matches continued yesterday with Bounty GCC vs Saints HC at Saints ground from 16.30hrs.last_img read more

His time now: Konz finding voice as leader

first_imgCenter Peter Konz has started 20 of his 21 career games. Entering his redshirt junior season, Konz will be counted on more as a leader.[/media-credit]On the field, Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt were two of the best offensive linemen in the country.They also happened to be just as good off of it.Carimi protected Scott Tolzien’s blind side at left tackle for the Badgers and received the Outland Trophy – given annually to the best lineman – for his masterful 2010 season.Moffitt was equally effective at left guard and he joined Carimi on the Associated Press All-American team.Those two senior captains anchored the University of Wisconsin offensive line and were two of the best leaders to come through the program.They were vocal when they had to be. They constantly studied their craft with extra hours in the film room. They knew how to lighten the mood when appropriate and they knew when it was necessary to call someone out.They led by example and they commanded their teammates’ respect.But now, they’re off to the NFL, and they need to be replaced.Ricky Wagner will slide over to take Carimi’s spot at left tackle and Travis Frederick will step in for Moffitt at left guard, but where will the leadership come from?Who will step up and fill that massive void?Look no further than center Peter Konz.“I feel like that responsibility is now placed on me, as it should be,” Konz said. “I’ve seen a lot of games. I’m supposed to be the quarterback of the O-line and I need to be better at that.”Konz has all the tools necessary to become the next elite Badger lineman.He’s played in 21 games and started 20 of them. He has tremendous mobility for a 6-foot-6, 315-pound center, making him a force in the run game, pulling from side to side to pave the way.His quick feet make him a reliable pass protector and his quick mind (two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection) helps to diagnose blitzes.Konz was a consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten selection and he’ll be widely considered one of the top centers in the nation heading into the 2011 season.He’s confident in his abilities to play at the high level expected of him, but Konz knows he needs to grow as a leader.With Moffitt and Carimi gone, his role on this team has undeniably changed.“Oh yeah, it’s changed. I try to call out more of the defensive stuff. I have to be more of a vocal guy,” Konz said. “Before, I would just sit back and if something was going wrong, Moffitt or Gabe or both of them would step in and say, ‘Hey, we need to fix this.’ If there was a blitz that I didn’t see, then it was Gabe or Moff saying what we’ve got.”As the center, Konz has the responsibility of calling out assignments at the line of scrimmage, but last year Moffitt and Carimi were the vocal ones and they often had the final say before the ball was snapped.“If I made a call, sometimes they would feel that they could override it – sometimes it wouldn’t work and sometimes it did,” Konz said. “It was a little uncomfortable making calls because it was like, ‘Do I have all this say?’. But those guys did a good job respecting what I had to do.”Konz is running the show now, and will be the definitive voice of the O-line from his center position. Knowing blocking assignments and calling out oncoming blitzes is something he’s comfortable with, but that’s just one part of the job.The hard part for the redshirt junior now comes when things go wrong, when his teammates make mistakes and need to be told what to do.At times, Konz, who is known for his engaging demeanor and humorous nature, needs to be a disciplinarian. That hasn’t been easy.“A lot of times I’ll be quiet just because I don’t like telling guys what to do. Sometimes you need to be an asshole – I’m terrible at that,” Konz said. “But I can promise you if I don’t do that, then its not going to be a good season.”Konz won’t allow foolish mistakes to reoccur time and time again in practice. Earlier in the spring, the centers were taking part in a snapping drill in which numerous balls hit the ground.Centers simply cannot afford fumbled snaps and Konz felt he needed to step in.So he made everyone start over.“We snapped and I made everybody go back and do it again and I hate doing that. I know no one is trying to purposely fumble the ball. … We have a bunch of new centers but it’s getting to the point where it’s every day and I had to say something,” Konz explained. “I know I’ve been there. I’ve been the one fumbling and making mistakes, so for me to call guys out is just tough.“But if we want to win, that is what has to happen.”Konz recently suffered a high ankle sprain in practice, so he’ll be in street clothes for the remainder of spring camp. But he’s out there on the field, watching every drill closely, delivering pointers to his teammates.He’s slowly transforming himself into the vocal leader in the trenches his offense needs ?- even if it means leaving his comfort zone to do it.“I know I can do it, and if I didn’t, I would be hurting the team,” Konz said. “Good teams always have those leaders stepping up and now it’s on me to do that.”last_img read more

Wisconsin survives North Dakota, keeps perfect record

first_imgForward Brianna Decker finished scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner in Wisconsin’s Saturday victory.[/media-credit]After trailing 2-0 Sunday, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team battled back to defeat North Dakota, 3-2, in an overtime victory that gave UW a weekend sweep at the Kohl Center.The decisive moment for the Badgers (4-0-0) came with just one minute of play left in the game when senior forward Brooke Ammerman scored off a rebound shot to tie the game at 2-2 and send the Badgers and the Sioux (1-3-0) into overtime.“Once that shot came through and it was kind of close, I just kept jabbing at [it] and thought maybe it will skip through,” Ammerman said. “Thank God it did.”Wisconsin carried the momentum from the last-minute goal into the overtime period, as senior forward Hillary Knight scored the game-winning goal.“We created an opportunity in overtime and walked away with a win,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “Any points including the victory today are very meaningful and certainly help us with the conference, and more importantly, it gives us two points that you can’t take away.”While the overtime goal gave Wisconsin the victory, North Dakota dominated play for most of the game, attempting 22 shots in the second period to Wisconsin’s nine. The Sioux were able to capitalize on power play opportunities that aided in building a 2-0 lead.Freshman forward Andrea Dalen knocked the first goal in for the Sioux in the first period, sending UW to the locker room scoreless despite having four power play opportunities in the period. “North Dakota did a great job in the first period with the opportunities on the power plays that we had,” Johnson said. “[They] try to play a real high tempo game, so if you are not ready to play, they are going to be in your face.”Junior forward Jocelyne Lamoreux added to the Sioux’s lead midway through the second period off a slap shot that sailed right past Wisconsin goalie Alex Rigsby during a power play. This added to the Sioux domination throughout the first half of the game as they continued to shut down the Badgers in the second period.“They tried to take away our speed, and I think a lot of the strengths in our game is speed,” Ammerman said. “Not getting the flow really slowed us down. Sometimes you have to battle and fight through adversity, and that’s what we did.”Lamoreux’s goal finally awoke the Badgers as they answered with a score of their own. Just 53 seconds later, senior forward Brianna Decker put the Badgers on the board, though they still trailed by one goal.“Once we got the puck on net, it gave us a little bit more momentum,” Knight said. “As we showed [Sunday night], we can come in the second and third period and capitalize on the opportunities, which gives us confidence as we go forward.”In terms of confidence, Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Sioux was no different. The Badgers kept the game close going into the third period, leading 2-1, and dominated play with three more goals.Senior forward Carolyne Prevost had a stellar first game with a hat trick that led the Badgers to their first WCHA victory of the season. Prevost, along with four other teammates, completed her run with the Canadian national team during Wisconsin’s season-opening series against Lindenwood two weeks ago.“They came out extremely hard the first period, and as soon as Carolyne put the puck in the net, it gave us so much more momentum,” Decker said. “A couple of early goals really help us out.”Ammerman assisted all three of Prevost’s goals in Saturday’s game. Their chemistry on the ice was apparent throughout the game.“It’s funny, because we have never played together as linemates and we’re both seniors,” Prevost said. “We had great chemistry tonight, and she seemed to find me at the right place and they were incredible passes all over the ice.”“I think over the four years we have been together here, we have such a great friendship off the ice, so it was just easy to play with her,” Ammerman said.A key to the Badgers improving will be extending their dominance throughout the game, instead of just the last period, which was evident in both games this past weekend.Next week, Wisconsin faces the Minnesota Gophers at home in what should be another close contest for UW.“The pace and tempo next weekend will be the same as it was [Sunday],” Johnson said. “We have a couple of things we need to work on and get ready for next weekend.”last_img read more