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Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s Eve.’

Ohio State avenges loss at Bloomington; hammers IU, 80-63, Smith surprisingly scores 28

COLUMBUS, OHIO — When the Ohio State Buckeyes lost at Indiana on New Year’s Eve, 74-71, you knew the team were looking forward to the January 15 matchup.

The Buckeyes were ready and they used another weapon this time to do in the Hoosiers, Lenzelle Smith, Jr.

Smith torched IU for a career-high 28 points on 10-12 shooting, 4-5 from 3-point range, 7 assists and 0 turnovers in 34 minutes of action. He canned every open shot he had and played basically a solid game.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. (courtesy of OSU athletics)

The Buckeyes controlled the game from the outset, leading 35-14 at the half and forced IU head coach Tom Crean to call three timeouts in the first half.

 

MORE NOTES AND AUDIO FROM THE GAME IN OUR FULL GAME REPORT.

 

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Capitals stun Blue Jackets with four, 3rd period goals; wins 4-2

 

Alex Ovechkin (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — If the NHL had a rule where the teams could play only two periods instead of three, the Columbus Blue Jackets would be one of the top teams in the league. They usually out-play teams for the first 40 minutes most of the time.

But the 3rd period is the enemy of the Blue Jackets and it reared its ugly noose around the teams neck again on New Year’s Eve night.

The Jackets leading and dominating the game for 2 periods, saw their 2-0 advantage slip away as Washington scored four goals in a span of 6:40 overall and tying and go-ahead goal in a span of :28 seconds in a 4-2 loss.

Heartbreaking, late game collapses have slowed the Jackets all year long and has fans and media wondering when changes will be made to the coaching staff. Columbus has been outscored 52-26 in the 3rd period this season.

Alex Ovechkin, the star of the Capitals scored the first and last goals in the four-goal period.

A few weeks ago, there was talk around the NHL that Ovechkin was losing his game because he only scored eight goals in the Capitals first 29 games. But he has rebounded to post seven goals in the last eight games, including a six-game points stretch of six goals and three assists.

Winning and scoring late in games is nothing new to Washington, always a Stanley Cup contender. The Capitals have scored 12 third period goals in their past six games. They’ve scored 46 goals overall in the final period this year, one of the best in the National Hockey League.

The disappointed crowd of 18,199 at Nationwide Arena did witness some positive play by the Jackets as they received goals from rookie John Moore and Sammy Pahlsson.

The three stars were: Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Wideman from Washington. Sammy Pahlsson was the Blue Jackets selection.

Columbus head coach Scott Arniel, obviously hearing and feeling the heat from fans and media, walked out of  his post-game press conference after answering only six questions. He was irritated when two reporters pointed out that the team is getting hammered on 4-on-4 play. Arniel said the stats were even, but another reporter said the Jackets are getting outscored 8-1 in 4-on-4 hockey. Then the beleaguered coach walked out of the room.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

49 123 Dennis Wideman Washington Def 4-0n-4 hockey in 3rd period turned the game around for Capitals

49 128 Dennis Wideman Washington def This past week was a crucial time for the Capitals

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

49 133 Derek Mackenzie CBJ center The inability to close out games is the team’s biggest problem

49 134 Scott Arniel CBJ coach Another 3rd period letdown. How much more can the team take

 

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

 

CHICK-fil-A BOWL preview: Virginia vs. Auburn tonight in Atlanta at 7:30 pm on ESPN

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The Auburn Tigers were the national champions last year. But this postseason, they’ve taken a step back to 7-5 and will have to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve.

This year’s team, without star QB Cam Newton, had a sluggish offense, a porous defense and were blown out in several games.

They’ll take on a young team in the Virginia Cavaliers who are 8-4.

The Cavaliers are making a return to postseason play after a three-year absence and will be playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl for the first time since 1998.

The Tigers have one of the top rushing offenses (174.8 yards per game) in the country. The Cavaliers are one of the top 40 rushing defenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Virginia, during a four-game winning streak won its first ACC road win since 2009 and its first win at Florida State.

 

Info compiled from Auburn University & University of Virginia news

MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL: Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Northwestern (6-6)

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on December 31 pits two teams with 6-6 records, Texas A&M and Northwestern.

The Aggies have fired head coach Mike Sherman due to the team falling shy of high expectations.

Tim DeRuyter, the team’s defensive coordinator, has been given the ship to run until after the game on New Year’s Eve. The Aggies lost four of five games to end the season.

Northwestern had a bad streak of their own in the middle of the season, losing to Army, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and Penn State before winning four of the last five games to get bowl eligible.

The Wildcats are in the postseason for a program-record fourth season in a row. The fifth-year seniors on the team have 36 wins in their careers, the best ever for a five year group at the Chicago area school. But it has been since January 1, 1949, that Northwestern has ended the season with a bowl win. They won the Rose Bowl that year.

The Wildcats are led by QB Dan Persa, who completed 74.2% of his passes in their ball-control, horizontal passing offense.

Texas A&M’s QB is Ryan Tanneyhill who was 12th in the nation in passing and he threw 28 touchdown passes to talented receivers Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller.

 

Info compiled from Texas A&M University & Northwestern University news

Voracek comes back from 2-game benching to lead Blue Jackets to OT win

Jakub Voracek CBJ (photo by 5of7 via Wikipedia Commons)

Jakub Voracek had been a healthy scratch the previous two hockey games. In the world of hockey, a healthy scratch means a benching by the coach for various reasons: not playing defense, not checking, not playing with intensity, not scoring goals. In other words, its a chance to clear a players mind and get re-energized and get motivated again.

Whatever the case, Voracek made a nice return to the lineup .

He basically rescued Columbus from a complete collapse after dominating the game from the start. He scored the overtime goal in a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in Nationwide Arena.

A crowd of 17,652 fans saw the Jackets in a familiar scene, blowing a 3-0 lead before being led to the win by Steve Mason and Vorcek in overtime.

Mason made several stops especially on Alex Kovalev and Peter Regin as the Senators kept charging the net in the third period and overtime. They outshot the Blue Jackets 38-23, including 16 to 7 after the second period.

But Voracek did not want to disappoint the huge New Year’s Eve crowd. He pounced on the puck after a Kovalev turnover behind the Ottawa goal and stuffed home the game-winner between the pads of goaltender Brian Elliott at 2:06 of overtime. The win gave the Blue Jackets three wins in a row, all with Mason back in the net.

Columbus built up a 3-0 lead on goals from R.J. Umberger, Sammy Pahlsson and Rick Nash.

The Blue Jackets are now 2-6 on Friday and 2-5 wearing their new third jerseys.

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

Jake Voracek, Columbus Right Wing, had an assist and the game-winning goal

Mike Fisher, Ottawa Senators Center, scored a goal, had six hits and four shots

Steve Mason, Columbus Goaltender, made 35 saves, including two huge saves in overtime. Is a hot goalie once again.

compiled from staff & Columbus Blue Jackets news

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