Thursday State Sports Briefs: U.S. team routs Germany in World Juniors ChampionshipWisconsin Sports
-- Milwaukee native Alex Galchenyuk had one goal and two assists today, as the U.S. men’s hockey team blanked Germany 8-0 at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
UFA, Russia - Milwaukee native Alex Galchenyuk had one goal and two assists today, as the U.S. men’s hockey team blanked Germany 8-0 at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Galchenyuk, who plays in the Ontario Hockey League, had his first assist just 19 seconds into the game. Jake McCabe, the Wisconsin defenseman from Eau Claire, had five shots-on-goal for the Americans – who will play the host Russia tomorrow morning.
The U.S. has two players with Wisconsin ties. They are Badgers’ defenseman Jake McCabe from Eau Claire, who was named as the team captain – and Milwaukee native Alex Galchenyuk, who plays with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Earlier this month, he was named the OHL’s player-of-the-week for getting five goals and three assists in back-to-back games.
The World Junior tournament started yesterday, and the U.S. had a day off. Coach Phil Housley said his team got some extra practice time – plus a better chance to get acclimated to Russia.
The Milwaukee Admirals will open a two-game American Hockey League home series tonight against the Peoria Rivermen. The Admirals are fifth in the Midwest Division at 13-12-2-1. Peoria is one point ahead of Milwaukee, at 13-12-2-2. The Admirals have yet to win back-to-back games this month – but they’ll get another chance this evening, after edging Rockford 2-1 last Friday night. Milwaukee’s Taylor Beck has had two goals and four assists in his last five outings. The Admirals will also host Peoria tomorrow night, and will then play at Rockford on Saturday night.
Stanford defensive end Ben Gardner will have a chip on his shoulder, when he goes up against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl next Tuesday. Gardner was a first-team All-State defensive end at Mequon Homestead High School, and was a Badger fan his entire life. And he was upset that the Badgers gave him a preferred walk-on status in 2008, while one of his teammates got a full scholarship ride. Gardner said he did not feel wanted – so he prepared to go to Northern Iowa, the only place that had offered him a scholarship. But Stanford made a late offer before the fall, and he has excelled with the Cardinal. This year, he was an All-Pac-12 second team selection with seven-and-a-half sacks. Gardner is expected to go up against Badgers’ guard Ryan Groy. The two squared off against each other in the state high school semi-finals in 2008, when Homestead beat Groy’s team from Middleton by two touchdowns. Stanford coach David Shaw said Gardner was considered to be too small and too slow, but he has a ton of heart and quote – “All he has done is out-work people for four years.”
The Milwaukee Wave has a five-game winning streak after a come-from-behind victory at Syracuse last night, 12-11. Midfielder Marcio Leite scored the game-winning goal for Milwaukee with 2:04 left. Wave coach Keith Tozer pulled his goal-keeper to get an extra attacker – and the strategy paid off. After Leite scored, Syracuse used an extra player on offense – but the Silver Knights could not produce any scoring opportunities. The win leaves Milwaukee in second place in the MISL at 6-2.
Two women’s college basketball games are scheduled tonight among Wisconsin teams in the NCAA’s Division III. Number 19th-ranked UW-Stevens Point will host the Milwaukee School of Engineering. And Ripon College plays at UW-La Crosse. No men’s contests are on the docket for this evening.
Shavon Dillon of Wisconsin Lutheran has been named the women’s basketball player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Conference. Dillon, a senior guard, scored a team-high 14 points in Lutheran’s seventh straight victory – a 25-point romp of Concordia-Chicago. She also had four rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a blocked shot in that game. Marious Lobdell of Aurora is the NAC men’s player of the week.
Wisconsin boys' high school basketball
--Beach Ball Classic
Milwaukee Rufus King 51, East Rutherford, New Jersey 48
--Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout
East Troy 52, Milwaukee Riverside 50
Hartland Arrowhead 68, Bay Port 43
La Crosse Aquinas 50, Whitefish Bay Dominican 47
Milwaukee Marquette 63, Plymouth 45
Mukwonago 58, Oconomowoc 43
Oak Creek 56, Milwaukee Thomas More 51
Onalaska 56, Wauwatosa East 44
Wisconsin Lutheran 51, Wauwatosa West 49
Boys' high school hockey
--Mullett Ice Center Tournament
Hartland Arrowhead 5, Milwaukee Marquette 2
Stoughton 4, Germantown 1
Whitefish Bay 4, Sheboygan 1
Minneapolis 3, Hudson 2
Somerset 4, Luverne, Minn. 3, OT