Syracuse’s ice hockey players have an internal award they call “hard-hat” and they give out to each other following each game. The hat is passed to the hardest working player on any given night.Akane Hosoyamada had received the award after Friday night’s 2-1 win and decided to pass on the accolade to Heather Schwarz on Saturday.“I had the hard-hat last night and I gave it to her today because of her hard work and effort. She drives the net and she’s a hard worker,” Hosoyamada said. “… I think she was just moving her feet, she worked hard, and got to loose pucks.”Schwarz had one goal on three shots and one assist as Syracuse (8-13-9, 6-5-5 College Hockey America) beat Robert Morris (9-17-3, 6-8-2) 3-1 in Tennity Ice Pavilion. The goal marked the sophomore forward’s third of the season, matching her season total from last year.“What I like aside from that she was Johnny on the spot to score that goal,” Flanagan said, “was that she had her feet moving.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game’s scoring started off as Schwartz picked up a rebound off a shot from Eleanor Haines, spun and let off a backhand shot. Forward Laurence Porlier was there for the second rebound and put the Orange ahead 1-0 six minutes into the second period.Then with seven minutes gone in the third period, Stephanie Grossi skated down the left wing and shot from the left circle. After missing its target, the shot ricocheted for a long rebound down the middle of the ice and Emily Costales found the puck and tried to score. Again, the shot missed and Schwarz found the puck toward the right of the net and snuck it past Robert Morris’s goalie Jessica Dodds.“It’s kind of like expected to be the best toward the end of the season,” Schwarz said, “but I just feel like these past few games I’ve had a different mindset and it’s shown on the ice.”Schwarz had the chance to add to her total in the third period. From about five feet directly in front of the goal, she fired a shot that failed to find the back of the net.Instead of giving up, she skated quickly toward the boards, stole the puck from the Robert Morris defender who had corralled the rebound, cut into the net and ripped off another shot that missed its mark.Flanagan said that it’s been hard for Schwarz to get anything going without moving her feet and staying active on the ice. Her speed helped her separate from other skaters, he said.The goals from Schwarz and the goal from Julie Knerr on Friday night have given Flanagan hope that he might see offensive production from players other than Melissa Piacentini, Alysha Burriss, Grossi and Jessica Sibley who account for 39 of the team’s 58 goals.And with just four games remaining on the regular season schedule, Schwarz is developing as another offensive weapon.“I thought she did a real good job tonight,” Flanagan said. “This was one of her better games for sure.” Comments Published on February 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
The Belarusian top flight is the only one in Europe still playingMinsk, Belarus | AFP | As Belarus resists imposing a lockdown to combat the coronavirus, its football league has stumbled into the international limelight as Europe’s only remaining top-flight competition.But players are worried about the health risks and only diehard fans are braving matches.FC Slutsk fan Yahor Khavanski, 26, is “a bit afraid” but could not imagine quitting his weekend football fix.On Sunday he intends to don a surgical mask and an FC Slutsk scarf and “try not to touch anything” at a clash against rivals Belshina Bobruisk.“The stadium holds 2,000 people, but only 300 came to the last match. You can sit anywhere you want and keep your distance,” he told AFP by phone.Khavanski says he will keep attending matches, regardless of the risk. In his view, he faces “the same odds of being infected on public transport or in shops”.Life has continued as normal in Belarus, whose authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed World Health Organisation recommendations to impose a virus lockdown.With a population of nearly 10 million, Belarus has registered 9,590 coronavirus cases. Neighbouring Ukraine, with four times the population, has registered fewer cases.The Belarusian Football Federation (BFF) has followed the government’s lead, saying it will not stop matches under the current guidelines.The BFF even announced this week its women’s league will kick off on April 30 following a two-week delay over fears players had come into contact with people infected with the virus.– International exhibition –On paper, the decision to allow matches is a huge boon to a struggling league.Russia’s largest sports network bought the rights to air matches in March, a move followed by 11 other countries including India and Israel.Clubs have started Twitter accounts in English to cater to the new influx of international spectators.Fans and management at FC Slutsk wonder whether the new interest could save the club.FC Slutsk’s main sponsor is a local, state-run sugar company. “But the sugar industry is in decline,” club president Vitaly Bunas told AFP.With the factory director in prison over a corruption conviction, Bunas says “the club’s finances are catastrophic”.Yet fans in Australia have crowd-funded nearly $4000 and launched a Facebook group for FC Slutsk’s new followers abroad, an initiative Bunas said was “surprising but welcome”.– Fan revolt –The boost of attracting new fans abroad has come against the backdrop of dwindling spectators, with a total of just 2,383 fans across the eight league matches last weekend.Dinamo Minsk’s match against Neman Grodno, held in the country’s largest stadium last weekend, was played in front of only 317 people.At the end of March, fans in Grodno criticised the official response to the pandemic and virus “lies”, calling on the BFF to “finally have the courage to stop the championship”.Fans groups at all of the league’s top clubs have announced they will not attend matches.Several players, mainly foreign based, have weighed in, saying the league should be suspended.“It’s a little scary,” said Dinamo Brest striker Artem Milevsky on Instagram last week after a match in Vitebsk, the town which has the second highest number of infections in Belarus.Dinamo Minsk midfielder, Danilo, told Brazilian media: “If the major championships have stopped, why haven’t we? We should do the same.”But with the league gaining more attention than ever, other players see this as their moment.French-Armenian footballer Hayk Mosakhanian said it was a “plus” the league was continuing, welcoming publicity “if we play well”.The Energetik-BGU midfielder added that young players “want to show off”.For up and coming stars, he said, the pandemic has offered a chance to stand out. “It’s an opportunity,” he told AFP.Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s hard apple cider, Mercy, earned Best of Class and a gold medal at the 34th Annual Riverside International Wine Competition in Temecula, California on May 7. The tasting notes escribe the wine as “a fall orchard, ripe with fruit, falling leaves and fresh air.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits Mercy Ships a medical/surgical organization in based in Houston, Texas, that provides care to those in some of the poorest and most remote countries in the world. The art for this wine’s label was drawn by winery co-owner, Kim Roberts. The winery suggests you pair Mercy with their Northwest Nachos while listening to Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye.The winery’s 2012 Sangiovese named Smoky Nor’wester also earned a gold medal. The grapes for this wine were harvested at the renowned Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips, Washington. The winery’s tasting notes suggest this wine exhibits “Maserati intensity, like a good spanking.” They encourage guests to enjoy the wine with their restaurant’s Tomato Basil and Italian Sausage Soup while listening to Life’s Been Good To Me by Joe Walsh.