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Huskies excited for home opener on Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are excited to finally begin their season on home ice this coming weekend when they play their second game of the season against the Sexsmith Vipers.While the Huskies have gone 1-2 in their first three games, head coach Todd Alexander says that the team’s record isn’t telling the whole story. “We’ve got a lot more going on than just what our record is,” said Alexander. “We’ve done a lot of really good things in those three games. We’re learning a lot, we’re a young hockey club so we need a little bit more time to figure things out. It’s not like you can just throw certain plays out there with a veteran team.” Indeed, the Huskies and North Peace Navigators are both tied in having the most number of rookies in the NWJHL, with ten each.”Despite this, Alexander says that the group shows incredible promise going into their first home game, provided they keep their emotions in check. “The excitement of finally being home with the group, for a lot of them this will be their first time going through this so it’s gonna be imperative for us to control our emotions in this hockey game. We’re gonna be pretty excited, pretty jacked up.”- Advertisement -Facing off against the Vipers, Alexander says that the team will be focusing on coming out guns blazing. “Not looking around and waiting to see who’s going to step up and start playing. They just need to step up as a group and get playing together right off the hop. We have been a little bit concerned, two out of three games we haven’t started very good. We definitely did a better job of that against Fairview last game.” Alexander added that the Huskies, who have had no problems getting shots to the net, will also be focusing on maintaining more of a presence in front of the net in order to capitalize on rebounds.The Huskies face off against the Vipers on Saturday night at the North Peace Arena, where they will also be debuting their new jerseys. Warm up starts at 7:30 p.m., with the puck drop at 8:00.last_img read more

Arsenal score five to send Everton in relegation zone

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates scoring his side’s third goal during the English Premier League against Everton Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on October 22, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 22 – Wayne Rooney recreated his famous first league goal for Everton against Arsenal on Sunday but it was not enough to prevent his struggling team falling to a 5-2 defeat and into the Premier League bottom three.Goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette proved pivotal as Everton continued their worst start to a season in nine years, with this latest reverse adding to the mounting pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman. German international Ozil struck with a superb header in the 53rd minute at Goodison Park, slipping between two defenders to meet a magnificent left-wing cross from team mate Alexis Sanchez and put Arsenal ahead.Nacho Monreal had cancelled out Rooney’s opener and hopes of a home comeback were damaged when Everton were reduced to 10 men in the 69th minute after midfielder Idrissa Gueye caught Granit Xhaka and was shown a second yellow card.Lacazette killed off any hope of that recovery in the 74th minute, after neat passing between Sanchez and Ozil allowed the Frenchman to convert clinically from 15 yards.The rout continued in the last minute of normal time as substitute Jack Wilshere produced a defence-splitting pass which found Aaron Ramsey who finished unerringly to make it 4-1.But in a bizarre conclusion, there were two goals in stoppage time, first from Everton substitute Oumar Niasse who charged down a Petr Cech clearance to force the ball into the net.Arsenal were still not finished and Sanchez became their fifth different scorer from the last attack as he was allowed to carry the ball across the face of the area and score with an excellent angled shot.– Rooney rolls back the years –Rooney’s goal had come completely against the run of play in the 12th minute but the technique employed by the veteran forward — who turns 32 on Tuesday — was no less impressive for that fact.Gueye won the ball from Xhaka some 30 yards out and slipped the ball to Rooney, who leant back and guided a perfect finish into the top left-hand corner of the net.It was the same end and the same top corner as the goal which announced Rooney’s spectacular arrival in the Premier League against the same opponents, 15 years and three days earlier.But while the Rooney goal that day had won three points for Everton, a repeat of that outcome looked doubtful from early in Sunday’s proceedings.Aaron Ramsey was denied by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after just three minutes and a Ramsey cross soon found Lacazette, who showed breathtaking skill to turn his defender and force Pickford into another fine save.Even after going behind, Arsenal were soon back in the ascendancy with Pickford failing to gather a fiercely-struck Sanchez free-kick but making up for that error by blocking Ramsey’s follow-up attempt from the rebound.But there was no similar reprieve in the 40th minute when Pickford dived to keep out a drive from Xhaka, which took a deflection off Gyfli Sigurdsson.The Everton keeper could only push the ball as far as the sprinting Monreal who struck a sweet finish past Pickford for the equaliser.Everton started the second half brightly but, after Nikola Vlasic ended a promising attack by having a shot blocked, instead of playing in Rooney, Arsenal broke directly upfield for Ozil’s goal.Lacazette’s goal killed off the contest and, even before the late flurry, there should have been more for the visitors as Sanchez missed with a diving header and Xhaka struck the crossbar with a 20-yard shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Carver calls for Newcastle to be more professional

first_imgNewcastle manager John Carver called for his side to be more professional, after the Magpies conceded a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Sunday.The 50-year-old looked good for his second consecutive win as head coach, before Peter Crouch struck with a stopper-time header as the Potters exploited the hosts’ lack of organisation in defence. “I’ve told the guys in that dressing room they have to be more professional,” said Carver. “There’s two minutes left on the clock, we’ve got the ball in the final third, we play four five passes backwards to our goalkeeper who kicks it, we’re out of shape and before you know it it’s in the back of the net.“We can’t do that. They’re young players learning their trade.“Why take the free-kick so quickly? The one thing I’ve worked on since taking over is making sure that we’re in a good shape when we take goal kicks and free-kicks and we were too open.”He added: “We’ve got to see games out; you can’t afford to give one opportunity. Really, in the second half they’ve had one opportunity and scored.”Carver also refuted claims that Jack Colback should have been awarded a second yellow card for a tackle on Victor Moses, with Stoke boss Mark Hughes calling for referee Kevin Friend to be “stronger” in producing a red card for the 25-year-old.“Colback is a very competitive footballer and I wouldn’t have him any other way,” Carver said. “But so is Glenn] Whelan, so is [Steven] N’Zonzi, so is [Phil] Bardsley.“This is a competitive league and there are a lot of things that go unpunished. It might have been a suspect tackle, but the referee controlled the game quite well and managed that situation well, so I’ve got no complaints there.”last_img read more