JAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoWhen Wisconsin found itself trailing 2-1 midway through the third period, head coach Mike Eaves sent his top line out onto the ice. It came through with a tally ? just not from the likeliest of sources.UW?s leading scorer Kyle Turris was quiet for much of the first three periods. This came a night after he scored a goal that made ESPN?s Top 10 Plays and notched an assist in the Badgers? 3-1 win. Instead, it was sophomore Aaron Bendickson, with the help of his teammates Patrick Johnson and Jaime McBain, who guided Wisconsin to a 2-2 tie and another point in an ever-important series against rival Minnesota.Accustomed to playing on Eaves? third or fourth line for much of the season, Bendickson was moved up to skate alongside Johnson and Turris midway through the game.?Whoever I play with, I have to do what I can do and control what I can control,? Bendickson said, not hiding that he relished the chance to play on the top line. ?Given an opportunity like that, I need to help out anyway I can.?Sophomore Blake Geoffrion got the start, but it soon became evident, according to Eaves, that he just didn?t have the resolve or energy to play at that level.Bendickson did.?Bendy had real good energy tonight, and I think that Blake looked like he hit the wall a little bit,? Eaves said. ?God bless his soul, he was trying. He just didn?t have it in the tank tonight.?The decision, as it turned out, led to positive results. Right away Bendickson provided a spark and, with 8:24 left in the third period, a goal.Wisconsin was controlling the puck in its own offensive zone when a pass skipped out to McBain on the near point. Originally, the sophomore defenseman wanted to fake the shot and run around Minnesota forward Jay Barriball, who was closing out on the play. However, Barriball recognized McBain?s intentions and bodied him up. A wrestling match of sorts ensued.?It was like a tug-of-war of who was going to gain possession of the puck,? Eaves said of the play.All the while, the puck remained there for the taking. Johnson quickly skated over and took advantage of the moment of confusion by firing a quick shot on net.?I just tried to make sure I kept Barriball away from it so Patty could come in, pick up the loose puck and take the shot,? McBain said.Already screening Minnesota?s goaltender Alex Kangas, Bendickson got his stick on the shot and redirected it into the net.The goal marked the sixth time this season the Badgers have come back to win or tie when trailing heading into the third period. It?s also the third time in the last three games that the team has come back from a two-goal deficit to tie, having done so twice in last weekend?s tie with Alaska-Anchorage.For Eaves, however, this one meant a little bit more. Not only from the standpoint that the game and series had serious WCHA and NCAA implications, but for the simple reason that his team fought through being tired to come away with a point.?I think they were spent in a lot of ways physically, but the lesson that was available (Saturday) was the fact that it doesn?t matter,? Eaves said. ?We were tired, we had traveled, we were beat up a little bit, but it?s interesting in the third period that we went to another level as a team because they pushed through and got it done.?
The University of Wisconsin football team ended their non-conference season in a spectacular fashion against BYU, in large part thanks to quarterback Alex Hornibrook.Many have been doubting Hornibrook’s capabilities throughout the beginning of the season, and the sophomore has been struggling to gain his confidence. Hornibrook already has one interception on his stat sheet, not to mention two sacks from the first game of the season.Football: Wisconsin starts game strong, fails to continue momentumWhen the NCAA scheduled the University of Wisconsin football team to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls, everyone thought that Read…Many thought that Hornibrook was struggling to get back to his standard of play from the previous season, but then came the game against BYU. Not only would Wisconsin’s quarterback get his groove back, but he would go on to break a school record.The star of the game completed 18 of the 19 passes that he threw (94.7 percent completion), throwing for 256 yards and helping Wisconsin earn four touchdowns during the game. Hornibrook now holds a school record for the highest completion percentage in a single-game, with the previous title holder being Darrell Bevell.That same percentage also happens to be the best in the Big Ten during a single game from any quarterback attempting at least 13 passes during the game, and the fifth-highest from a quarterback completing at least 10 passes during a game.It seems as though this road trip was one of the best things that could have happened to Wisconsin, and this team is finally finding their chemistry despite having numerous instances of miscommunication during the first two games of the season. If this work continues, the Badgers should find themselves at the top of the Big Ten in no time.Football: Chryst’s 100th win begins slowly, develops momentum in second halfWhile the first game of the season might have resulted in a win, the University of Wisconsin football team definitely Read…While it might be offenses that win games, the UW defense managed to turn in yet another solid performance in Provo, holding the team to a grand total of six points during the four quarters. This would also be the third time this season that the Badgers managed to hold an offense from scoring during the entire second half of the game.Wisconsin has earned the right to a much needed week off before they welcome Northwestern to Camp Randall to kick off their first Big Ten football game of the season. Northwestern is going to have a hard time holding down this Badger team, who is on their way to becoming one of the best teams in the Big Ten, if not the nation.40 Wisconsin Final Score BYU 6
“While near-death experiences are certainly a wake-up call, I’m feeling great physically. It’s not an ankle or shoulder. As soon as doctors clear me, my plans include blocking #17’s blind side all the way to Miami.” Melvin Gordon won’t be the only noticeable absence at Los Angeles’ training camp.Following reports that Russell Okung was dealing with a “pretty serious medical issue” and could miss all of camp, the Chargers offensive tackle released a statement Thursday detailing those problems. Okung revealed he experienced “unusual chest pain at practice” on June 1 and decided to visit urgent care, where it was revealed he suffered a pulmonary embolism, a serious condition in which a blood clot gets lodged in an artery in the lung. He was told by doctors that the decision to seek treatment likely saved his life.”When detected early, this condition is very treatable and I’m grateful to have access to the best available care as I continue on the path to recovery,” Okung wrote, in part. “Thanks to an incredible medical team and a very supportive family, I hope to be back on the field as quickly as possible. Related News Julian Edelman injury update: Pats receiver has broken thumb, could miss preseason, report says NFLPA sends players ‘work stoppage ready’ plan after CBA talks Statement on Reported Injury Status pic.twitter.com/MjV52jqESL— Russell Okung 🇳🇬 (@RussellOkung) July 25, 2019Okung, 30, was selected sixth overall by the Seahawks in 2010 and remained in Seattle until he signed a one-year deal with Denver in 2016.He signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Chargers the following year. If Okung has to miss games, rookie third-round pick Trey Pipkins likely will move up and start as one of the team’s tackles.General manager Tom Telesco revealed Wednesday Okung might miss all of training camp and said there was no time table for his return.