Are Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen to blame for the Stars’ slow start



Both goalies have had their moments of greatness, but after nine games the Stars rank 24th in goals against average at 3.22 and 24th in save percentage at .893. That’s a huge reason for a 3 4 2 start.

“Those are concerning numbers,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “There’s a lot of tough chances in the game, and you have to get big saves. Those two guys know they need to be better. We’ve worked hard in cutting the shots down, cutting the opportunities down. We were giving up way too many chances in the first three or four games, but we’ve done a really good job in the last two games.”

It’s a difficult debate, because only goalies really know how to do their job. So it’s tough to just say try harder or work harder. Lehtonen and Niemi are trying hard and are working hard.

“I think that would be the wrong mind set, that I have to ‘play greater.’ I want to play great every night. I think if you try to do too much, that’s wrong,” Niemi said.

“When you learn to have the same focus, then you’re going to have the chance to be Success jersey cheapful in the long run. That’s always how I have looked at it, and I think anyone who has tried to do this will agree with me.”

Niemi and Lehtonen were joined in a goalie share program last season, and while both saw their statistics decline, each had a winning record.

Lehtonen and Niemi each had 25 wins, and the Stars won the Central Division. Aided by the best offense in the NHL scoring an average of 3.23 goals per game, the goalies found a happy place where mistakes were covered and they didn’t have to be perfect.

This season, the Stars are 26th in the league in scoring at 2.22 goals per Cheap Jerseys
game, and there are losses like the overtime defeat in which Niemi allowed a 6 on 4 goal against with 15.1 seconds left to tie the game.

“That’s not on our goaltender. He gave us a chance to win,” Ruff said.

But he added: “It starts with the team first, but then you do need big saves. If you look at that game, their goaltender made some big ones.”

Bobrovsky sits seventh in the NHL with a .941 save percentage, including stopping 68 of 70 against the Stars. So when an opposition goalie is doing that, does it get into the head of Niemi or Lehtonen?

“I think it’s a fair question, but we just can’t think that way, that we have to win the game by ourselves,” Lehtonen said. “You want to help in any way you can. You want to make every save if you can and not allow any goals. But you never know what kind of game it’s going to be, so you have to be prepared for anything and then you have to react the right way.”

Both goalies have mixed good games with clunkers. With the first visit of the St. Louis Blues jersey cheap on Thursday, the memory harkens back to last season when Lehtonen was amazing in saving Game 6 of the second round playoff series against the Blues and then forgettable in losing Game 7.

And while the veteran netminder said he moved past Game 7 in the summer, he said he still is concerned about his 1 3 1 record in 2016 17.

“I think the thing that bothers me the most this year is the one win,” Lehtonen said. “That’s the statistic I worry about the most, and I know I need more than that.”

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Because of Salt Lake’s entry into the International Hockey League in 1984, what was once a Midwestern bus league has expanded into major league markets from coast to coast and boasts talent half a step away from the National Hockey League.

When the Eagles moved to the Delta Center in 1991, it spelled the end of an era. Though roomy and new, the DC lacks the gloried history of the Salt Palace. Through nearly 1,000 hockey games, the Salt Palace hosted eight league championship series, two Central Hockey League All Star games and countless memories and traditions, from between period puck shoots to Bikini Night. It started in the days when many goalies went without facemasks and most skaters played helmetless, when wooden dashers and wire screen defined the rink.

Eagle legend Lyle Bradley had an assist on that goal. His retired jersey, No. 11, hangs from Delta Center rafters as do five championship banners, three CHL, two IHL. The other jersey hanging there is Doug Palazzari’s No. 24. “Pizza” led the Eagles to two CHL titles and was one of the most talented American skaters. Another American who starred for the Eagles in a sport still dominated by Canadians was current Pittsburgh Penguin Joey Mullen. He holds the NHL record for career points by an American and has skated on three Stanley Cup championship teams and two Adams Cup Eagle teams. Mullen has enjoyed more Success jersey cheap than any other Eagle, and it all started in Salt Lake.

On defense, the Eagles have featured Moose Vasko, Brent Meeke, Steve Harrison, Paul Terbenche, Glenn Patrick, Neil Labatte, Len Frig and Ken Sabourin. Smooth forwards like Bradley, Mullen and Palazzari, Guyle Fielder, Rich Chernomaz, Charlie Simmer, Richie Hansen, Marc Bureau, Theoren Fleury and Scott MacLeod collectively scored almost as many points as the Salt Palace had bricks. Holt, Floyd Thomson, Jim Nill, Curt Brackenbury, Rick Bowness, Dave Hrechkosy and Perry Anderson jersey cheap did the dirty work in the corners. Enforcers Paul Kruse, Kerry Clark, Stu Grimson, Martin Simard, Reggie Fleming, Paul Tantardini and Rick Hayward kept the Eagle penalty box warm.

Too many faces go unmentioned: Fans, management, trainers, stickboys, rinkrats, ushers, pressbox aides, popcorn and soda vendors; they, too, helped make hockey something to look forward Cheap Jerseys from China
to. As the Golden Eagles’ 25th anniversary season comes to a close, fans everywhere mourn the loss of a hockey team. We are all genuinely fortunate to be able to recall so many fond memories of the past quarter century. Isn’t it ironic that the Golden Eagles’ final home opponent is the San Diego Gulls? Anyone care to bet on the score?

UVU women wrap up home slate against Seattle on Friday night



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Kirk each have four goals this year, while McCarter and Sydney Fitzpatrick each have three. Abby Jameson has two goals and eight other UVU players have recorded one goal this year. Freshman DeWaal leads the Wolverines with 62 shots, including a team best 21 shots on goal. DeWaal, Kirk and McCarter lead the team with four assists apiece. Nielsen leads the team in the box with a 6 2 2 record and three shutouts. She has 46 saves and owns a .821 save percentage on the season.

Seattle U clinched its fourth straight WAC regular season title last week with wins over UMKC and Chicago State. The Redhawks have earned the No. 1 seed and first round bye at next week’s WAC Tournament in Kansas City. The Redhawks went 2 0 0 last week with a 3 1 win over UMKC and a 3 0 shutout over Chicago State. Junior defender Stephanie Speikerman was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week for her play in the two wins last week. The junior defender anchored an SU defense that allowed just one goal in the two matches. Senior forward Brie Hooks leads the Redhawks with seven goals. She also has a pair of assists and also leads the team with 16 points. Sophomore forward Karli White ranks second on the team with five goals and 12 points. White leads the team with 54 shots, including a team best 24 on goal. Redshirt freshman Ashley Routh leads the team in the box with 24 saves and four solo shutouts. SU has registered 22 goals this season while allowing 13.

Utah Valley and Seattle U meet on the pitch for just the third time. Seattle U holds an all time 9 1 1 advantage over UVU. After dropping eight straight matches to the Redhawks, Utah Valley was finally able to tie things up in a double overtime match in 2015. The Wolverines then picked up their first ever win over SU in last year’s WAC Tournament championship match, defeating the Redhawks, 2 0, to claim the team’s first ever WAC soccer title. The two teams met in a non conference match earlier this season in Seattle with the Redhawks taking a 1 0 win.

Despite its Clyde Field unbeaten streak coming to an end at 14 matches on Oct. 7, UVU has enjoyed tremendous Success jersey cheap on its home pitch. The Wolverines have lost just three matches at home in the past three seasons, posting an impressive 22 3 4 record. UVU holds an all time 67 32 10 mark at home since the Wolverines became a Division I member in 2003. UVU went unbeaten at home last season with a 9 0 1 record. The team extended its Clyde Field unbeaten streak to 14 matches with its 2 1 overtime win over Grand Canyon on Sept. 26, before it was halted with a loss to CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 7. The Wolverines ranked 24th (1,074 per game) nationally in attendance at Clyde Field last season. UVU ranks 20th in the nation in attendance after welcoming an average of 1,197 fans through the gates though seven home matches this year.

The culture of winning hurts player development



Believing these clubs must be doing a good job, parents are happy to drive their children great distances and freely open their wallets to provide the best opportunities possible. What they fail to realize is this culture of winning can have a significant negative impact not only on their children’s enjoyment of the sport, but ultimately on their development as well. It is a vicious cycle pushing clubs to advertise their trophies rather than their retention and improvement of players’ abilities. In fact, if you ask Young jersey cheap soccer players for reasons why they enjoy playing soccer, “winning” isn’t even in the top 10 most common answers. As adults, we hijack their experience to satisfy our purposes.

All too frequently, games represent the “big stage” and are overhyped by parents and coaches. For instance, listen to pregame “pep talks” and you’ll too often hear coaches saying things like: “This team is really good, you guys are going to have to bring your A game if you want to beat them.” Or, “Remember, if we don’t play smart out there, they’re going to punish us.” Or, “If you don’t work hard, I’m going to sub you out.” Or, “Last time we played them, they beat us on a bad penalty call. We owe them this time!”

As we discussed in the last post, the optimum environment for learning occurs when the brain is pushed just beyond its comfort zone. However, in an overly pressured, competitive environment, tension and anxiety build to the point that performance, fun and learning suffer. In soccer, children need to have the freedom to be courageous and try new skills they have not yet mastered. They need to exercise their circuits that allow them to think creatively and develop their on field problem solving. Instead, the pressure placed on them by adults to produce a win shapes their play into avoidance of mistakes as the primary goal rather than accomplishing difficult feats.

What do players like Maradona, Gerrard, Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez have in common with each other and so many other soccer greats? During their early soccer careers, they all regarded a soccer ball as a toy, rather than a tool. The street ball environment of mixed ages and abilities, without coaches, parents and trophies, allowed these Young jersey cheapsters the freedom to be creative. By having fun, they were happy to play for hours and hours without getting burned out. Research on elite athletes confirms these champions only began to approach competition from a more serious perspective in their later stages of development (often as teenagers).

Games at this stage of development should be used primarily for learning. This is not just the musing of one idealistic pediatrician. It is supported by elite soccer clubs and coaches throughout the world. Well informed coaches realize Success jersey cheap is not equivalent Cheap Jerseys from China
to winning. Studies on top level youth academies in England showed, “Despite the elite nature of the programs, winning was de emphasized; no scores or league positions were kept. The focus was on improving and developing individual players rather than the team’s win/loss record.”