Jenn Gilligan guides Syracuse to 3-1 win against Penn State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ First, senior goalie Jenn Gilligan kneeled down to the ground and fell on a puck that came in fast and low. A few minutes later, she leaned to the right and made herself bigger as a puck that was destined for the top shelf got pushed away by her upper body. Later on she snatched an incredibly fast-moving puck right out of midair. And that was all just in the first period.Penn State jumped out to a fast start, Gilligan’s nine saves in the first 20 minutes kept the Nittany Lions scoreless.Gilligan’s strong play helped save a Syracuse (8-9-1, 5-1-1 College Hockey America) team that didn’t have its “A” game in a 3-1 win over conference rival Penn State (4-10-3, 1-3-3) on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion.“Jenn kept us in that game … that’s why you want a veteran goalie. (For when) the going gets tough,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said.The Orange came out flat to start the game and played tentatively for much of the contest. The puck was stuck in the Syracuse zone for much of the period as Penn State repeatedly probed and got shots off. SU racked up three penalties in the first period, which meant there were long stretches in which it was playing down a player.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere were several times throughout that first period when Orange defenders came over to give Gilligan a slight tap, showing their gratitude for her outstanding play.“It’s great to have Gilly back there playing hard in the net. … I don’t think people realize it as much … the way she’s out there, talking to us, settling us down, it’s just really good to have,” senior defender Nicole Renault said.Gilligan’s lone blemish came toward the end of the second period. With 15 minutes already elapsed, junior PSU forward Amy Peterson slipped behind the Syracuse defense and had a one-on-one with Gilligan. Peterson skated straight down the middle until she was a few feet away from the goal, when she leaned to the right and snuck the puck right under Gilligan’s leg.A dejected looking Flanagan put his head down as the Nittany Lions goal tied the score at 1-1.“She just came in with speed, you gotta tip your hat to her,” Gilligan said. “I tried to take away the low ice as quickly as I could and she made a nice move and put it in. Nothing you can really do about it.”Even though the game was tied, Syracuse still didn’t play with as much as intensity as it has in past games. Flanagan pointed out that even after the first period, Gilligan made “four or five really good saves” to keep the Orange a goal away from the lead.Gilligan’s strong game was rewarded. With three minutes and 17 seconds left in the game, junior forward Jessica Sibley found herself right in front of the goalie and slapped in a puck that was originally shot by senior Melissa Piacentini, to give the Orange a lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.Gilligan talked about how that goal served as a stress reliever. After playing such a strong game, she finally started playing with a lead again, only needing to hold on for a few more minutes to give her team the lead.She stressed the importance of taking things slowly in games like these, when the whole team seems to be struggling.“You just gotta kinda stay in the game, and take it one shot at a time,” Gilligan said. “That’s what the team did, that’s what I did, and we came out with the victory.” Comments Related Stories Melissa Piacentini notches 100th career point in win over Penn Statecenter_img Published on December 5, 2015 at 12:00 am Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

The Clippers, Boban Marjanovic included, suffered a frustrating night in Oklahoma City

first_imgMBAH A MOUTE QUESTIONABLEAfter missing the past three contests with a sore knee, Mbah a Moute remains questionable entering Thursday’s game. The Clippers’ veteran forward also missed all but one preseason game, sidelined by a calf injury.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Basketball Without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has happened annually since 2001 when it tipped off in Treviso, Italy – with Clippers guard Milos Teodosic a participant.The other former Basketball Without Borders campers on the rosters for Thursday’s mini-international summit in Philadelphia include the Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luc Mbah a Moute, Danilo Gallinari, as well as the Sixers’ Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.MOTOWN PHILLY, BACK AGAINAs the plane descended into Philadelphia on Wednesday, Ralph Lawler sent out a tweet: “Heading into Philadelphia where it all really began for me.”The Clippers’ longtime broadcast voice plans to retire following this season, his 40th calling the team’s games. Before he became an L.A. basketball mainstay, Lawler’s career got rolling with Philadelphia’s WCAU and PRISM cable TV, for which he covered the Phillies, Flyers and 76ers, as well as Villanova basketball, Temple football and more, including, yes, an NBA Finals. (In his tenure calling Clippers action, the team has never reached a conference finals.) Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “But he’s young in the league too in a lot of ways, and he’s not gonna be perfect every night,” Rivers added about the 30-year-old Serbian big man, who is playing his sixth NBA season. “This was a night that none of us were.”GOING DEEPEntering Wednesday, the Clippers led the NBA in bench scoring with 56.9 points per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers were second, with their reserves responsible for 48.1 points.The Clippers’ franchise-record-setting 85 points off the bench against Houston last Friday boosted that total, but so far this young season, the reserves have just about kept pace with the starting unit, which is collectively averaging 58.7 points per game in 130.7 minutes.The Clippers’ trusty bench, by comparison, has combined to play an average of 109.3 minutes per game – second most in the NBA behind the Portland Trail Blazers’ reserves’ 112.5.BASKETBALL KNOWS NO BOUNDSSome international trivia, for the most dedicated basketball fanatics: Of the 11 international players involved with Thursday night’s game between the Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, six are former Basketball Without Borders campers – an NBA-high this season, according to the league. The Clippers probably would like to forget Tuesday’s 128-110 loss at Oklahoma City, to bury the memories of a jarring third-quarter collapse, their failing composure, even Boban Marjanovic’s tough night.For once, it didn’t look easy for the Clippers’ 7-foot-3 center, whose statistical output remains staggering. His eight points per game this season makes him the sixth-highest scoring Clippers player, even as he’s averaging just 9.6 minutes per contest – which is 12th most on the team, ahead of only Tyrone Wallace and Jerome Robinson.As the Clippers fell to 4-3 on Tuesday, Marjanovic lodged a season-high three blocked shots but contributed a more mortal five points in 10 minutes of action. He also was tagged with four quick fouls, which visibly frustrated him.“They played him physical,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the game. “They attacked him. And he’s got to understand, people are going to gameplan for him. (Tuesday) night, they attacked him and I thought he complained way too much instead of just playing. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more