World Juniors 2020: Four reasons the United States was handed an early exit

first_imgWJC: Alexis Lafreniere happy to be back, stresses focus for Canada ahead of semisThe Finns, however, ended any chance at another American championship by smothering them at even strength via an aggressive forecheck and held them to only seven shots in the final frame. Additionally, Finland gave the U.S. only two power-play chances for the entire game — the second coming within the last two minutes of regulation.So what exactly happened in the Czech Republic? Here are four reasons why the Americans are coming home empty-handed.Defense ScoringApart from the involvement of Zac Jones in multiple high-quality scoring chances, the American defensemen did not have a productive tournament from an offensive standpoint. Of the 10 competing nations, only Kazakhstan received fewer points (two) from their defensemen as the U.S. (five). Conversely, the four advancing teams — Canada, Finland, Sweden and Russia — received 17, 17, 19 and 12 points, respectively. One can make a strong argument that the best U.S. defender in terms of playmaking and generating chances off the rush is Philadelphia Flyers prospect Cam York, who averaged a team-low 5:55 per game and was barely used at even strength. The group as a whole was strong defensively, but New York Rangers draft pick K’Andre Miller’s ill-advised turnover late in a tie game against Canada led to Alexis Lafreniere’s game-winner. That opening-game loss prevented the Americans from winning the group and gaining a higher seeding in the medal round.Alexis Lafreniere gets the puck off the faceoff and scores a beautiful goal to make it 5-4. 3:10 left to play. #WJC2020 #NHLDraft— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 2019The stats will show that this defense corps allowed only five goals at even strength, but their inability to handle the Finnish and Canadian forechecks had a profound impact on their ability to help tilt the ice in their favor.The Penalty KillMake no mistake — the hard work displayed by the likes of Jack Drury, Spencer Stastney and Parker Ford while down a man was borderline heroic. But in the end, the penalty kill let the Americans down, specifically in the critical Boxing Day game against Canada where they were victimized three times. They did a solid job killing off an opening four-minute power-play early in the first period of their quarterfinal match against Finland, but the lone goal came off a Joonas Oden one-timer while Jack Drury was in the box for hooking.Kristian Tanus with the no-look dish to Joonas Oden, and Finland breaks the deadlock!— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 2, 2020Miller was on the ice for five of the eight power-play goals surrendered, and both he and Wisconsin teammate Ty Emberson made questionable decisions in coverage. For the tournament, the U.S. penalty kill operated at a disappointing 65.2 percent success rate — their worst in the last decade.Depth ScoringFor whatever reason, only five American forwards in the quarterfinal match against Finland played over 14 minutes, and both Alex Turcotte — the fifth-overall pick in last year’s draft — and leading goal-scorer Arthur Kaliyev, played less than four minutes in the final period. While it’s common practice for a coach to ride his top players in a close game, head coach Scott Sandelin’s reliance on two lines throughout the tournament, including the final 15 minutes of regulation against Finland, was puzzling given the resumes of the teenagers he was keeping on the bench.In retrospect, the intensity and importance of this year’s play in Group B may have made it easier for Sandelin to justify leaning on his preferred group, but he has to be held partly responsible for not finding the right combinations for his bottom two lines. Not enough goals from goal scorersRaise your hand if you predicted that three of the most prolific scorers in the history of the U.S. National Team Development Program — recent first-round picks Oliver Wahlstrom, Turcotte and Cole Caufield — would combine for one insignificant five-on-five goal in five games.Although Turcotte and Caufield teamed up to score the winner in overtime against the Czechs, they were unable see enough ice to impact play at even strength. Granted, they were on the roster’s younger side and are eligible to return next year; but zero goals in regulation between the two of them was a development few, if anybody, could have foreseen.Cole Caufield OT winner. #WorldJuniors (📽️: @TSN_Sports )— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) December 30, 2019Wahlstrom, on the other hand, didn’t have any excuses. He’s a goal scorer who saw plenty of ice time in all situations, and although he had four assists, his lone goal was an insurance marker in the third period against Germany. Wahlstrom led the team with 21 shots and hit the post a few times, but he could have been better when he was needed most. The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship is over for the United States after it fell to Finland 1-0 in the tournament quarterfinal.It is the earliest exit for the Americans since they finished fifth in 2015; this defeat ended an impressive run of four straight years with a medal. Although the strength of a preliminary-round group that included Russia, Canada, Germany and the host Czech Republic made the Americans’ road to another world junior crown more difficult than in previous years, this year’s roster on paper looked strong enough to be considered one of the top candidates to win.last_img read more

Don’t forget about the wind-energy project job fair today at Raymond Frye

first_imgWorkers are being sought to help with construction on a wind-energy project near Geuda Springs. Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction will host a job fair Friday, Aug. 7 at the Raymond Fry Complex, 320 N. Jefferson, in Wellington. The job fair is from 8 to 10 a.m., 2 to 4 p.m. and again at 6 to 8 p.m.Those looking for work are asked to apply in person that day.Project managers said they are looking for millwrights, iron workers – structural, riggers, laborers, rough terrain forklift operators, NCCCO Certified rough terrain hydraulic crane operators and experienced extendable boom forklift operators. Located near Geuda Springs the Slate Creek Wind Project will consist of 75 wind turbines. The project marks the 26th wind project Mortenson will construct for California-based, EDF Renewable Energy and the fifth project to be built in Kansas.Preliminary work began earlier this year and the project could be completed by December. Mortenson is responsible for the construction of the access roads, foundations, operations and maintenance building, erecting of turbines and underground electrical collection system.  Approximately 150 new jobs will be created during the peak construction of the Slate Creek Wind Project which will provide power for approximately 45,000 homes, per year, upon completion, according to trade reports.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Thurston County Traffic: Earthquake Retrofit Project Bolsters I-5 in Olympia

first_imgFacebook52Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationWashington state is earthquake country. As part of an ongoing effort to minimize damage when a quake strikes, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a new construction project to help protect Interstate 5 in Olympia.This work will strengthen the I-5/Pacific Avenue overpass. Crews will install steel jackets on four separate bridge columns in order to help withstand quakes.The work will require reduced lanes on Pacific Avenue approaching I-5. One sidewalk will remain open. The work will not affect I-5 or the Pacific Avenue ramps.The project will begin as early as Monday, January 6. The work is scheduled to be complete by early spring.Visit the Thurston County construction and travel updates web page to get advance notification for construction-related changes to Pacific Avenue.WSDOT also provides email updates for major roadwork on state highways in Thurston County. Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.last_img read more

FH Administrator Elected to Municipal Management Association

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – Borough Administrator Theresa S. Casagrande has been elected to the executive board of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association (NJMMA).Casagrande, who has been Fair Haven’s administrator since February 2011, holds an MBA from Monmouth University and registered municipal clerk and certified tax collector’s licenses in New Jersey. A Spring Lake Heights resident, she previously served as vice chair of the Southeast Monmouth Municipal Utilities Authority. In 2009, she received the NJMMA’s New Professional to Municipal Government Award in recognition of her outstanding work in municipal shared services.Founded more than 50 years ago, the NJMMA is dedicated to the professional training and development of municipal managers. It has more than 200 members from throughout New Jersey. NJMMA has been instrumental in shaping legislation and policies that affect services to residents and business. It is affiliated with the Rutgers Center for Government Services in New Brunswick, which provides administrative support for its members.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Boxing Club Summer Camp

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the cast of aspiring young boxers with Team of the Week honours.More information regarding the Nelson Boxing and Athletic Club can be found at the club’s website. The Nelson Boxing and Athletic Club held a very successful first annual Summer Boxing Camp recently at the Baker Street location in the basement of the Pharmasave Building.More than 15 boxers from host Nelson, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Saskatchewan were put through 12-hour days to refine their skills in the ring.last_img


first_imgBob Baffert2052425%$216,560 Martin Pedroza71511117%$286,894 PROSPECT PARK RETURNS IN SATURDAY’S AFFIRMEDWhen last seen, Prospect Park was finishing a troubled fourth in the Santa Anita Derby behind front-running winner Dortmund. That was on April 4.Fast forward to Sunday morning, when the son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Marty Wygod worked five furlongs under Kent Desormeaux in 1:01.60 for next Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.“It was a little slow,” trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said of the work, “but he came home the last three-eighths in 36. He had some kind of viral thing going on in the Santa Anita Derby. Two days later he popped a temperature.“He was flat. As soon as he went off in the post parade and he stayed with the pony, we knew we were in trouble. But this will be a good starting point back. He’s doing great, fantastic.”Named for the last Triple Crown winner, the Affirmed also could attract two from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, California Derby winner Cross the Line (Corey Nakatani) and consistent Cyrus Alexander (Rafael Bejarano), who worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:01.Cross the Line, who worked seven furlongs Sunday in 1:26, also is being considered for the $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistle Downs Racino on June 20.Also set for the Affirmed are Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia, and Om, Fernando Perez. Doug O’Neill701214617%$547,948 Carla Gaines1433021%$149,830 Philip D’Amato40126430%$678,540 Robertino Diodoro2042320%$143,840 NO GRADE I CELEBRATION FOR BALTAS AFTER BIG WINIt was business as usual for Richard Baltas Sunday morning after he saddled Spanish Queen to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s Grade I American Oaks as the odds-on favorite. Baltas, who turned 54 yesterday, barely took time to celebrate his birthday.“She ate good last night and she looks great this morning,” he said. “I celebrated a little bit, but I couldn’t stay out too late. My owners wanted me to come to their house in Chatsworth but I had to get up at 3:30 in the morning.“My wife (Debby) did plan a little birthday party, so we celebrated with a dinner in Pasadena. As far as Spanish Queen, we’ll just regroup and see how she’s doing before deciding on her next race.“I know there’s that big race in New York coming up (the Grade I, $1 million Belmont Oaks at 1 1/4 miles on turf July 4), but the owners are local and they might want to run her at Del Mar. The million dollar race is tempting, but we’ll have to see.”The American Oaks victory moved Baltas into a tie for the training lead with Doug O’Neill and Phil D’Amato at 12 each. Peter Miller is only one behind with 11.The success of Baltas is no surprise to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, who mentored Baltas for some two years circa 2003.“He paid his dues,” Mandella said of Baltas. “He’s very smart and a good horseman.”TOC HOSTS FREE SEMINAR ON JUNE 13The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will host a free seminar, “Demystifying the Racing Office,” at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. Panelists will include Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary, and David Jerkens, Del Mar Racing Secretary.Hammerle, known in racing circles simply as “Hammer,” has worked in racing coast to coast since attending the University of Arizona in 1986. He is on the Graded Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Selection committees and has been the racing secretary a record six times for Breeders’ Cup events. He is also a regular featured guest on Sirius/XM radio’s “At The Races with Steve Byk.”Prior to being named Racing Secretary at Del Mar, Jerkens worked at Golden Gate Fields and NYRA after graduating from Nassau College. The son of trainer Steven Jerkens and grandson of the late Hall of Fame trainer, Allen Jerkens, his background includes work as an entry clerk, racing official, assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator.The seminar will be moderated by Richard Scheidt, TOC’s Northern California Director of Operations, and will cover the basic operations of the Racing Office, including: creating the condition book, stall applications, race types, working and training schedules, day-to-day operations, role of the racing secretary and other racing office staff, and TOC’s role in developing purse and stakes schedules.The event will begin 10 a.m. in the Baldwin Conference Room at Santa Anita, third floor Clubhouse. Santa Anita is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007. Although it is free and open to the public, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling TOC at (626) 574-6620 or online at is the official organization serving new, veteran and future Thoroughbred owners in the state. It represents, advances, and protects owners’ interests and rights in legislative, administrative and business matters. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez3343612%$219,028 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won William Spawr1932216%$92,090 Mike Smith3077323%$591,060 Tyler Baze12521142217%$1,164,430 FINISH LINES: Victor Espinoza takes a commercial red-eye flight from LAX to New York tonight as his pursuit of the Triple Crown begins in earnest. “I’ll sleep on the plane,” Espinoza said . . . Richard Mandella said Catch a Flight came out of his half-length victory in Saturday’s Californian Stakes in good order and will be pointed to the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27 . . . Trainer Ted H. West hasn’t ruled out a start in the Gold Cup for bargain claim Motown Man, who won the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes on May 23 . . .Santa Anita clockers were busy Sunday morning as 236 works were recorded, including five on the training track . . . Agent Tom Knust reunites with 2012 Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez beginning Wednesday when the meet’s final condition book comes out, covering races through the last day, June 28 . . .The last names of the riders of the first three finishers in Saturday’s second race all began with the letter “P”–Fernando Perez on victorious Star of Munster; Martin Pedroza on runner-up Aiming Straight; and Flavien Prat aboard third-place Princess Kendra. The $1 trifecta returned a p-retty p-rofitable $171.60 . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop next Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. DESORMEAUX ‘KEEN’ ON BELMONT UPSETPROSPECT WORKS FOR AFFIRMED STAKESFOREST CHATTER GOES THE EXTRA MILETRAINER BALTAS BASKS IN GRADE I GLORY Kent Desormeaux4858510%$258,404 Alex Solis2543416%$203,880 Vann Belvoir333659%$135,590 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Peter Miller521113321%$435,920 Rafael Bejarano9820221720%$988,792 Santiago Gonzalez6451358%$267,336 Jerry Hollendorfer45610613%$424,494 Felipe Valdez7471069%$300,700 John Brocklebank1132127%$142,490 Flavien Prat791616720%$1,016,660 Fernando Perez821512918%$560,300 Kristin Mulhall1332023%$77,200 Dan Hendricks1132027%$110,390 Eddie Truman1261150%$220,150 Ricky Agarie1431321%$113,020 Peter Eurton2833611%$224,636 (Current Through Saturday, May 30) Richard Mandella2876425%$610,410 Victor Espinoza2764522%$460,770 Richard Baltas37124432%$692,690 John Sadler4357812%$269,488 Gonzalo Nicolas7466138%$222,008 Mark Glatt3545711%$218,544 Mike Puype4047610%$336,540 Jeff Bonde1331123%$140,750 Edwin Maldonado61812913%$337,200 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Michael Machowsky1954226%$133,170 Drayden Van Dyke6899613%$419,592 DESORMEAUX IN SPOILER ROLE ON KEEN ICE            Kent Desormeaux hopes to play the role of spoiler next Saturday when he rides Keen Ice in the Belmont Stakes in an effort to prevent American Pharoah from becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.The 44-year-old Hall of Fame rider won the mile and a half Belmont in 2009 aboard Summer Bird, and missed the Triple Crown by a nose on Real Quiet in 1998.“Speed at this point is now irrelevant,” Desormeaux said of the Belmont’s testing mile and a half distance. “You’d need a horse that can stay, and the guy that I ride will be naturally closer because of the human element.”Keen Ice, trained by Dale Romans, closed from 17th after a half mile to finish seventh under Desormeaux in mile and a quarter Kentucky Derby, beaten nine lengths by American Pharoah, who was first by a length.“They’re not going to go 46 (for the half-mile) in the Belmont, otherwise you’d have no chance,” Desormeaux reasoned. “So they’ll slow it down and that will put me naturally closer and if Keen Ice finishes like he finished in the Derby, he has a chance, he’ll be competitive.“I’m looking forward to it. I like running out of horse at about the16th pole and then trying to carry him the rest of the way and win a race.“In the Derby, I went under the wire full of horse. After a mile and a quarter he was just as fresh going under the wire the second time.”            Fans are encouraged to join in the Belmont Stakes day festivities at Santa Anita Saturday and see if Santa Anita-based American Pharoah can win the Triple Crown.Santa Anita will celebrate the big day with live racing, an Infield beer festival, live music, a Chandelier Room party, and more. The “American Pharoah” trackside package includes a program, trackside seating with your first drink included and an exclusive American Pharoah cap all for just $20. Visit for full details and special promo codes.Gates open Saturday at 8 a.m. First post time is 11:30 a.m. FOREST CHATTER TO STRETCH OUT IN CRYSTAL WATERForest Chatter makes his first start beyond 6 ½ furlongs when he runs in next Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes at one mile on grass. The streaking son of Dixie Chatter, winner of his last four races as the heavy favorite, shouldn’t be hampered by the additional two furlongs.“I’ve never thought a mile would be too far for him,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “He’s awfully good on the hill,” referring to Santa Anita’s downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, where the Kentucky-bred gelding has won his last four starts. “But we’ll have to see about the mile.”Forest Chatter worked five furlongs on the main track Sunday in 1:03. Gary Stevens1743224%$457,350 Joseph Talamo861651719%$604,628 Tiago Pereira4069415%$289,490 Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Bruce Headley1031030%$76,450last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2016)–A dynamic force in the saddle, retired jockey Garrett Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Champion, was found dead Wednesday in Tucson, Az. at the age of 44. According to several media reports, Gomez, who had been living primarily in his native Tucson for the past two years, was found at a casino/hotel he had checked into on tribal land near Tucson.A phenomenal talent who was regarded as perhaps the strongest finisher of his era, Gomez was America’s leading rider by money-won for four consecutive years, from 2006 through 2009. He was voted America’s Eclipse Champion Jockey in 2007 and 2008 and was selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2011.Gomez, who dead heated with Victor Espinoza as Santa Anita’s Winter Meet leader in 2006-07, won 13 Breeders’ Cup races, highlighted by a dramatic head victory in the 2010 Classic at Churchill Downs aboard Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Blame, who handed the legendary Zenyatta her lone career defeat.The son of a jockey, Louie Gomez, Garrett Gomez, who last rode at Keeneland in October 2013, won 3,769 career races and along with agent Ron Anderson, set a single-season record in 2007 by winning 76 added-money races. The following year, his mounts accounted for a career-high $23,344,351–just $10,000 short of Jerry Bailey’s all-time single season record.An avid golfer, Gomez, who along with his second wife Pam, owned a home in nearby Duarte, devoted much of his time to the links when based in Southern California from the late 1990s until he stopped riding in 2013.Gomez, who would have turned 45 on Jan. 1, is survived by four children, a son, Collin, and a daughter, Shelby, from his first marriage, and by a daughter, Amanda, and son, Jared, from his second.last_img read more