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Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon named Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner

 

Nathan MacKinnon in action 2013 photo By 5of7 - https www.flickr.com photos, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

EDMONTON (Sept. 11, 2020) – Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon is the 2019-20 recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

 

MacKinnon received votes on 132 of 170 ballots, including 64 first-place selections, in collecting 984 voting points. Second-place Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs was the first choice of 21 voters in amassing 616 points and third-place Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues attracted 10 first-place votes and 561 total points. O’Reilly had finished second in Lady Byng voting in each of the past two seasons.

 

MacKinnon ranked fifth in the NHL with 35-58—93 in 69 games, 43 points more than his next-closest teammate, to lead the Avalanche into the playoffs for the third consecutive season. He also placed among the top 10 in the League in power-play points (4th; 31), assists (6th; 58), power-play goals (t-6th; 12), goals (9th; 35) and power-play assists (t-10th; 19), while topping the NHL in shots on goal (318). MacKinnon did so while registering a career-low 12 penalty minutes, the second-fewest among the League’s top 25 scorers; no other NHL forward averaged more time on ice (21:13) in 2019-20 while taking fewer penalties.

 

The 25-year-old Halifax, N.S., native captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in his first appearance as a finalist and becomes the third player in franchise history to win the award, following O’Reilly in 2013-14 and Avalanche GM Joe Sakic in 2000-01.

 

MacKinnon also is among the three finalists for two other individual honors, the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award. The winner for these awards will be revealed during a 30-minute program during the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. More details on that show will be shared in the coming days.

 

For more on the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, including a list of past winners, click here.

 

2019-20 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Voting

 

    Pts (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Nathan MacKinnon, COL 984 (64-33-13-13-9)
2. Auston Matthews, TOR 616 (21-32-25-14-15)
3. Ryan O’Reilly, STL 561 (10-31-34-20-14)
4. Jaccob Slavin, CAR 497 (31-12-13-8-14)
5. Teuvo Teravainen, CAR 322 (6-14-20-14-22)
6. Zach Werenski, CBJ 234 (6-9-12-14-9)
7. Ryan Suter, MIN 180 (4-9-4-14-15)
8. Mika Zibanejad, NYR 156 (5-4-10-7-7)
9. Aleksander Barkov, FLA 103 (3-2-7-7-3)
10. Leon Draisaitl, EDM 93 (0-6-5-8-2)
11. Brayden Point, TBL 91 (0-2-7-11-9)
12. Elias Pettersson, VAN 83 (3-2-4-6-1)
13. Miro Heiskanen, DAL 62 (1-2-4-4-6)
14. Zach Parise, MIN 59 (2-4-0-2-5)
15. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH 46 (2-2-1-2-1)
16. Artemi Panarin, NYR 37 (2-0-2-1-4)
17. Alex Pietrangelo, STL 37 (1-1-2-3-1)
18. James van Riemsdyk, PHI 30 (1-1-0-4-1)
19. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK 22 (2-0-0-0-2)
20. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 22 (1-0-1-2-1)
21. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG 17 (1-1-0-0-0)
22. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS 15 (1-0-0-1-2)
23. Sidney Crosby, PIT 13 (1-0-0-1-0)
  Jared Spurgeon, MIN 13 (1-0-0-1-0)
25. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY 13 (0-0-0-3-4)
26. Patrick Marleau, PIT 12 (0-1-1-0-0)
  William Nylander, TOR 12 (0-1-1-0-0)
28. Braden Holtby, WSH 10 (1-0-0-0-0)
29. Victor Olofsson, BUF 9 (0-0-1-1-1)
30. Anze Kopitar, LAK 8 (0-0-0-2-2)
  Mitchell Marner, TOR 8 (0-0-0-2-2)
32. Esa Lindell, DAL 7 (0-1-0-0-0)
33. Frans Nielsen, DET 6 (0-0-1-0-1)
34. Jack Eichel, BUF 5 (0-0-1-0-0)
  Joe Thornton, SJS 5 (0-0-1-0-0)
36. Evgenii Dadonov, FLA 5 (0-0-0-1-2)
  Nick Suzuki, MTL 5 (0-0-0-1-2)
38. Will Butcher, NJD 4 (0-0-0-1-1)
39. Kyle Okposo, BUF 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
  Riley Sheahan, EDM 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
41. Cale Makar, COL 3 (0-0-0-0-3)
42. Jason Dickinson, DAL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
  Erik Gudbranson, ANA 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
  Roman Josi, NSH 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
  William Karlsson, VGK 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
  Max Pacioretty, VGK 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
  Colton Parayko, STL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
  Matt Roy, LAK 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
  Nate Schmidt, VGK 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
  Steven Stamkos, TBL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

 

* Points allocation: 10-7-5-3-1 (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)

 

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Former Otterbein basketball assistant coach, alumnus Darrell Miller giving back to help fight COVID-19 on campus

Aqua Science Sanitizer donation to Otterbein by alumnus Darrell Miller (courtesy Otterbein Athletics)

 

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, a delivery truck pulled into Otterbein Facilities Services with a major ”hands-on” alumni donation befitting a pandemic.

Darrell Miller ’79 is co-founder of Aqua Science, Inc., and an actively engaged alumnus. He has been a fixture with the Otterbein Men’s Basketball team since his four years as a player and now serves as a volunteer assistant with the program. Miller’s continued connection to Otterbein led him to make a donation of 600

Darrell Miller

gallons of hand sanitizer to campus as a way to give-back to his alma mater during the pandemic.

“Alumni step up when the campus needs their support, and Darrell provided a crucial item that will positively impact all students, faculty, and staff,” said Director of Alumni Relations Steve Crawford.” We’re so grateful to Darrell for his generous gift, especially as the campus works to keep the community safe and healthy for fall semester.”

Aqua Science, Inc., is a regional water treatment company based in Columbus, Ohio. They provide advice to treatment facilities on safe, cost-effective water treatment programs. Executive Director of Facilities Management Troy Bonte said Miller and his company have been working with Otterbein’s water plant for several years.

“The University uses Aqua Science as a consultant and vendor. Recently they have taken over the water deionizing process for the Science Building,” Bonte said. “Darrell’s strong alumni connection to Otterbein with his business and also through athletics helped make all this possible.”

The eight pallets of hand sanitizer arrived at a perfect moment for Otterbein as the campus prepares to ensure the health of everyone in the community and as the CDC still says the best protection against COVID-19 is to wash your hands and use sanitizer when water and soap aren’t readily available.

Otterbein alumni give back to the campus community in impactful ways every day in so many ways. Only Otterbein facilitates lifelong connections between multiple generations of Cardinals!

 

STORY WRITTEN BY Will Elkins; COURTESY OTTERBEIN ATHLETICS

Ohio Athletic Conference announces Spring Schedules for Fall Sports Teams

 

The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) has announced preliminary spring competition schedules for the three team sports that were postponed this fall due to COVID-19. The schedules, including football, soccer (men and women) and women’s volleyball, feature conference-only competition and do not exceed the NCAA 50-percent waiver so that all student-athletes will retain one of their four seasons of participation.

The schedules are currently planned to begin on the weekend of March 12, 2021 and conclude on the weekend of April 16 with championship games in all sports.

Football
The conference will split into two divisions, East and West. The East Division includes Baldwin Wallace, John Carroll, Marietta, Mount Union and Muskingum, while the West Division includes Capital, Heidelberg, Ohio Northern, Otterbein and Wilmington.

Each team will play the other four teams in its division (two home, two road) over a five-week period with each team receiving a bye. All games are scheduled on Friday nights at 7 p.m., beginning Friday, March 12.

On Friday, April 16, the top seeds of each division will meet for the OAC Championship. The No. 2 seeds will also play as well as the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. The East Division will host the #1, #3 and #5 games, while the West Division will host #2 and #4.

Soccer
Men’s and women’s soccer will take the originally-scheduled fall 2020 round robin and move it to the spring, beginning on Sunday, March 14. The men and women will play at opposite sites each Sunday and Thursday (Monday, April 5 after Easter). Sunday contests will begin at 2 p.m., while Thursday matches are either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. at the host’s discretion.

On Sunday, April 18, the top seed will host the second seed for the OAC Championship. The third seed will host the fourth seed, etc., so that all teams play 10 contests.

Volleyball
Women’s volleyball will take the originally-scheduled fall 2020 round robin and move it to the spring, beginning on Friday, March 12. Matches will be played every Friday night and Tuesday night until the regular season ends on Friday, April 9. Each date will feature a doubleheader match, resulting in a Conference double-round robin, with games starting at 6 and 8 p.m.

After April 9, the league will be seeded from one to 10 with the top four teams earning a spot in the Conference final four, played on Tuesday, April 13. The highest remaining seed will host the next highest remaining seed on Friday, April 16 for the OAC Championship. The two non-winners on Tuesday will also meet at the higher seed to complete an 11-date season.

The six teams not making the final four will also be afforded 11 dates of competition during the week of April 12 by scheduling closer geographic matches at institutional discretion.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF THE OHIO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Georgia Tech upsets long-time nemesis, Florida State at Tallahassee, 16-13

 

 

QB Jeff Sims had 341 yards of total offense for Georgia Tech

DE Curtis Ryans forced a key fumble late to set up the game-winning FG

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — True freshman quarterback Jeff Sims totaled 341 yards of total offense and sophomore defensive end Curtis Ryans forced a fumble that set up true freshman Jude Kelley’s 32-yard game-winning field goal with 8:56 to go in Georgia Tech’s thrilling 16-13 season-opening victory over Florida State on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Georgia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC) fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter and took the 10-0 deficit into the locker room at halftime, despite moving the ball inside Florida State’s 25 yard line four times in the first half. The Jackets came up empty in the opening half thanks to a pair of interceptions and a pair of blocked field goals.

Tech got on the board in the second half when junior running back Jordan Mason capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run that made it 10-7. After Florida State extended the lead to 13-7, the Yellow Jackets pulled even at 13-13 on a beautiful 15-yard throw-and-catch from Sims to junior wideout Malachi Carter. However, the Jackets’ extra point attempt was blocked — Tech’s third blocked kick of the game — and the scored remained tied at 13-13.

On Florida State’s ensuing possession, Ryans turned the tide of the game for good when he sacked FSU quarterback James Blackman, forcing a fumble that was recovered by senior linebacker David Curry and returned 19 yards to the Seminole 11. Four plays later, Kelley drilled the 32-yard field goal that gave the Jackets their first lead at 16-13.

Tech’s defense made the lead stand up by stymieing the Seminoles on their final two possessions. First it was Ryans again, forcing another fumble by Blackman that was recovered by senior defensive tackle Djimon Brooks. On its final possession, FSU failed to pick up a first down and the Jackets took over on downs and kneeled the clock out for the victory.

Georgia Tech outgained Florida State (0-1, 0-1 ACC) by a whopping 438-307 margin, including a 277-198 advantage through the air and a 161-109 edge on the ground. Sims was spectacular in his debut, completing 24-of-35 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown and running for a game-high 64 yards on 13 carries.

Georgia Tech QB 10 Jeff Sims threw the ball well against constant pressure, going 24-35 for 277 yards (courtesy Ga Tech Athletic Communications)

Postgame Notes

Team

  • Georgia Tech defeated an NCAA Division I FBS opponent in a season opener for the first time since a 17-14 win over Boston College to open the 2016 season (Sept. 3, 2016 – Dublin, Ireland).
  • Georgia Tech opened the season with a true road win for the first time since a 33-3 victory at Notre Dame to open the 2007 season (Sept. 1, 2007).
  • Georgia Tech opened the season with a true conference road win for the first time since a 28-16 victory at NC State to open the 1996 season (Sept. 7, 1996).
  • The win was Georgia Tech’s fourth-straight regular-season victory over Florida State, dating back to 2008.
  • The win was Georgia Tech’s second in eight all-time games at Florida State.
  • The win was Georgia Tech’s 13th-straight over a rotating opponent from the ACC Atlantic Division. GT has not lost to a rotating opponent from the ACC Atlantic Division since a 45-28 defeat at NC State on Sept. 25, 2010.
  • Georgia Tech outgained Florida State, 438-307.

Individual Notes

  • Jeff Sims became the first true freshman to start a season opener at QB for Georgia Tech since Reggie Ball in 2003 (Aug. 28, 2003 at BYU).
  • Sims became the first true freshman QB to win ever a season opener for Georgia Tech (since the NCAA allowed freshman eligibility in 1972).
  • Sims completed 24-of-35 passes for 277 yards. The 24 completions were the most by a Georgia Tech quarterback since Reggie Ball had 27 vs. Duke on Nov. 8, 2003 and the 277 passing yards were the most by a Yellow Jacket since Justin Thomas had 282 vs. Wofford on Aug. 30, 2014.
  • Sims’ 15 completions in the first half alone matched the most completions by any Georgia Tech quarterback in a full game from over the last 12 seasons (2008-19).
  • True Fr. Jordan Williams also started for Georgia Tech at right tackle.
  • WR Malachi Carter set a career high with six receptions (prev.: 3, three times – last vs. North Carolina, 2019).
  • WR Jalen Camp set a career high with five receptions (prev.: 4 at Temple, 2019).
  • RB Jamious Griffin set a career high with 42 rushing yards (prev. 33 vs. Georgia, 2019).
  • LB Quez Jackson recorded his first-career interception in the second quarter.
  • DL Curtis Ryans recorded the first two sacks of his career. On his second sack, he forced a fumble that was recovered by Sr. LB David Curry and returned to the FSU 11 yard line, which set up Fr. PK Jude Kelley’s 32-yard field goal that gave Georgia Tech a 16-13 lead with 8:56 to go in the fourth quarter.
  • Ryans also had two forced fumbles, the second coming on the FSU possession immediately following Kelley’s go-ahead field goal.

 

 

 

NFL News: Top Seven statistical highlights from Week 1

 

SEVEN FROM SUNDAYKICKOFF WEEKEND

​A look at seven statistical highlights from games played during the 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET windows on Sunday, September 13, the first week of the 2020 season.

  • Six teams came back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend – Arizona, Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington – the most fourth-quarter comeback victories on Kickoff Weekend since 2016 (nine teams).
  • Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, made his first career start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Kickoff Weekend. At least one rookie quarterback has started in Week 1 in 13 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

    Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY (43 years old) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (41) faced off on Kickoff Weekend, marking the first game in NFL history in which both starting quarterbacks were age 40 or older. It also marked the first matchup since at least 1950 to feature the top-two all-time leaders in passing touchdowns.

  • Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON passed for 275 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 152.1 rating in the Ravens’ 38-6 win over the Browns on Kickoff Weekend.

    Jackson has three career games with at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 150 or higher (minimum 10 attempts), the most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history.

  • Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON completed 31 of 35 attempts (88.6 percent) for 322 yards and four touchdowns for a 143.1 rating in the Seahawks’ 38-25 win at Atlanta. His completion percentage of 88.6 is tied for the third-highest single game completion percentage (minimum 35 attempts) in NFL history.

    Wilson, who has 30,056 passing yards and 4,022 rushing yards during his nine-year NFL career, joins Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG as the only players in NFL history with at least 30,000 career passing yards and 4,000 career rushing yards.

    Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 450 yards with two touchdowns in Week 1. Ryan has 51,636 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for the ninth-most passing yards in NFL history.

    Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES recorded nine receptions for 157 yards against Seattle. He has 807 career receptions in 127 games and became the second-fastest player to reach 800 catches in NFL history, trailing only ANTONIO BROWN (126 games).

    Jones has 16 career games with at least 150 receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DON MAYNARD (15) and CALVIN JOHNSON (15) for the fourth-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (30), LANCE ALWORTH (17) and TERRELL OWENS (17) have more.

  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 364 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 127.5 rating in the Packers’ 43-34 win at Minnesota on Kickoff Weekend.

    Rodgers has 16 career games with at least 300 passing yards and four touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (16) for the fourth-most such games in league annals.

    Rodgers has 47,310 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (47,003) for the 12th-most passing yards in NFL history. He also has 368 career passing touchdowns, surpassing ELI MANNING (366) for the seventh-most passing touchdowns in league annals.

    Packers cornerback JAIRE ALEXANDER registered a sack, interception and a safety against Minnesota. He is the fifth player to record a sack, interception and a safety in a single game since 2000, joining ROCKY BOIMAN (Week 4, 2003), CALAIS CAMPBELL (Week 5, 2016), JAMES HARRISON (Week 11, 2008) and ADALIUS THOMAS (Week 2, 2006).

  • Jacksonville quarterback GARDNER MINSHEW completed 19 of 20 pass attempts (95 percent) for 173 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 142.3 rating in the Jaguars’ 27-20 win over Indianapolis.

    Minshew is the fourth quarterback in NFL history with a completion percentage of 95 of higher (minimum 20 attempts) in a single game, joining DREW BREES [29 of 30 (96.7 percent) on December 16, 2019], PHILIP RIVERS [28 of 29 (96.6 percent) on November 25, 2018] and MARCUS MARIOTA [22 of 23 (95.7 percent) on November 26, 2018].

  • New England quarterback CAM NEWTON rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 21-11 win against Miami on Kickoff Weekend.

    Newton has 60 career rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NFL history. He has seven career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers OTTO GRAHAM and STEVE YOUNG, along with JACK KEMP and STEVE MCNAIR for the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:
    • Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 27-17 victory over the New York Jets in Week 1.

      Allen has 18 career rushing touchdowns, tied with DAK PRESCOTT (18) for the second-most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in league history. Only CAM NEWTON (28 rushing touchdowns) has more.

      Week 1 marked Allen’s 11th career game with both a passing and rushing touchdown, tied with STEVE GROGAN (11 games) for the third-most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only CAM NEWTON (20 games) and DAK PRESCOTT (13) have more.

    • Las Vegas running back JOSH JACOBS recorded 139 scrimmage yards (93 rushing, 46 receiving) and three rushing touchdowns in the Raiders’ 34-30 win at Carolina on Kickoff Weekend.

      Jacobs, who had two rushing touchdowns as a rookie in Week 1 of the 2019 season, joins LAWRENCE PHILLIPS (1996-97) as the only players in NFL history with at least two rushing touchdowns in Week 1 of both their rookie and second seasons.

    • Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY totaled 134 scrimmage yards (96 rushing, 38 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns against Las Vegas.

      McCaffrey has 26 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in 49 career games and joined CHUCK FOREMAN (37 rushing touchdowns, 18 receiving touchdowns) as the only players with at least 25 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in their first 50 games in NFL history.

    • Baltimore wide receiver MARQUISE BROWN registered five receptions for 101 yards in the team’s Week 1 win.

      Brown, who had 147 receiving yards as a rookie in Week 1 of the 2019 season, is the fifth player in NFL history and first since LOUIS LIPPS (1984-85) with at least 100 receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend during both his rookie and second season.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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