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Explosive Police frontline gives them edge against Winners tonight

first_img… Large turnout expected for finaleIN the sport of football the team with the most goals in a game is declared the winner and the customary match winners come from the attacking third.This is why many pundits are predicting a win for Police when they face the Mining Town’s Winners Connection in today’s final of the 2017 Edition of the Mayor’s Cup, at the Mackenzie Sports Club, Linden.Both teams are coming off of impressive victories with Police firing five past Soesdyke in their 5-1 triumph last Sunday at the MSC ground while Winners Connection managed to beat counterparts Milerock by a 3-1 margin in their encounter to set up a highly anticipated clash with the Lawmen for the top prize.The pundits believe that even though the game is being played in Winners Connection’s backyard and with the expected large turnout of support from the community combined with the age-old rivalry that exists when teams visit from Georgetown, the sheer explosive front line of Police may prove too powerful for the hosts to handle.Added to that, they are brimming with confidence following a string of victories or at minimum last-four appearances in nearly all the competitions they’ve played. The Lawmen have to be rated as the most in-form team in the country.The return of Dwain Jacobs from national duty has added even more potency to an already star-studded lineup, while talismanic striker Quincy Holder, who netted a beauty in their previous encounter, has shown how difficult it is to contain him.He will be supported by players the calibre of Philbert Moffat, Sharma Fraser, Steffon Ramsay and Rawle Haynes, all proven goalscorers with loads of experience.It could be a long difficult night for the Connection backstoppers, who will have to play way beyond their current potential to stop the rampaging Police strikeforce.On the other hand, Keon Sears, who netted a brace in their semi-final clash, will be the leader of the pack in search of goals, while the wily veteran Rawle ‘Boney’ Gittens is expected to pull the strings from midfield.Gittens is also known to make some surprising attacks upfront so it would be interesting to see what will be the strategy employed by the team’s coaching staff.Then there is the nippy Derrol Dainty, whose deceptive skills and poaching ability are underrated, but extremely important and he too could have a say in how the game finishes.Marmalique Davidson, who was kept off the score-sheet might be eager to steal the spotlight from Gittens and Sears so Police will have to ensure that whoever is assigned to him is equally competent to keep him quiet.It appears the defences of both teams are in for a torrid time and which one cracks first could decide the outcome of this year’s competition.The playoff for third place also has great significance because of how the teams from the Mining Town think.They do not allow visiting teams to dominate them in their hometown so immediately you see why the Milerock versus Soesdyke matchup is an exciting precursor for the main course.Milerock would want to give the home fans a positive start, while Soesdyke most likely would like to bolster the belief of Police with a victory over the hosts.Over $1M in total prize money is up for grabs with the winning team set to receive $500 000 and the Ministry of Citizenship trophy, while the runners-up take home $250 000 and the Busta trophy.The third- and fourth-place finishers will walk away with $150 000 and $100 000 along with trophies donated by John Fernandes Ltd and Cummings Electrical respectively.last_img read more

Syracuse let down by its penalty kill in 4-0 loss to Mercyhurst

first_imgUPDATED: Jan. 27, 2018 at 7:35 p.m.After an interference call on Syracuse’s Kelli Rowswell, Mercyhurst began their first of six power plays. What was a five-on-four opportunity, turned into an inadvertent five-on-three as Syracuse’s Megan Quinn lost her stick in a fight for the puck.The Lakers were quick to take advantage as Rachel Marmen made a pass across the ice to Molly Blasen in front of SU’s bench. Blasen in turn fired the puck to Vilma Tanskanen in front of the net, who deposited the puck right past the outstretched reach of Syracuse goalie Abbey Miller for Mercyhurst’s first goal of the game.The Orange’s failure to kill the Lakers’ power-play opportunities was a reoccurring theme throughout the rest of the matchup. Syracuse (9-15-2, 8-5-1 College Hockey America) faced off against Mercyhurst (13-13-2, 10-3-1) in the second game of a weekend series, losing 4-0. In a fight for a possible first-place spot in the conference, SU struggled mightily on the penalty kill. Less than 24 hours after killing all six of the Lakers’ power play chances, Syracuse gave up four goals, three of which occurred on a Mercyhurst power play.Fifty-two seconds into the third period, Mercyhurst took advantage of another power play opportunity. Vilma Tanskanen netted her second goal of the game as the puck deflected off of SU goalie Abbey Miller’s right glove after she made a desperation save that left her lying flat on her stomach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiller said that the Lakers were able to the “pick the Orange apart” on its power play opportunities.“They were making plays behind the net,” Miller said. “They (Mercyhurst) were getting those passes through today. It is a tough spot for our (defense).”SU head coach Paul Flanagan was disappointed at the Orange’s lack of effort on the defensive end and on the penalty kill on Saturday. SU came into this game riding a three-game win streak, which made Saturday’s struggles “hard to explain,” Flanagan said. He recognized a key difference between SU’s penalty kill success in Friday’s game against Mercyhurst and today’s.“I think we were giving them very good looks. Yesterday we were getting to our assignments quicker and not giving them as many good looks,” Flanagan said. “Abbey on those power plays was overworked and overextended.”Quinn said that getting back on defense after playing the wall during Mercyhurst’s power play opportunities was where the Orange was at fault against the Lakers. She also acknowledged that the Lakers’ quick, quality puck movement led to its success on the power play. With little time left in the season, Quinn knows the Orange must improve on what she says is “basic execution and knowing your job” on the penalty kill.“We’ve got to make sure we are executing on the penalty kill, blocking shots and getting the pucks out,” Stephanie Grossi said.With a win tonight and a Robert Morris loss, Syracuse would have moved into a tie for first place in the CHA. Thanks to a shoddy penalty kill Saturday, SU remains in third place with only six conference games remaining.“Mercyhurst showed us the difference between first place and third,” Flanagan said.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Vilma Tanskanen was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 27, 2018 at 7:04 pm Contact Anthony: amkhelil@syr.edulast_img read more