Beat writers unanimous in prediction of Syracuse’s game at Miami

first_imgAfter losing at home to North Carolina State, Syracuse (17-9, 6-7 Atlantic Coast) to take on a Miami (18-7, 7-6) with plenty of offensive weapons. The Hurricanes hosted No. 1 Virginia on Tuesday and lost, 59-50. But with just five games remaining in both teams’ ACC schedules and within one win of each other in-conference, the Orange and Miami have plenty to play for when Saturday’s game tips off at noon.See how our beat writers think the matchup will play out.Matthew Gutierrez (22-4)Hurricane Season in FebruaryMiami 70, Syracuse 55As Sam soaks up the South Florida sun, there’s a decent chance Syracuse loses each of its last five games. Several signs point to that beginning at Miami this weekend. With its frontcourt now in a flux, Syracuse’s identity has not differed much from three main scorers and a strong defense that struggles at times defending the outside. The latter was evident early in the year, even against Colgate. Stopping the 3-point shot is a glaring weakness for SU and, when combined with an injury-depleted frontcourt, it becomes difficult to suspect SU will come out with a win against a good Miami team on the road.Sam Fortier (19-7)A Bay BayMiami 68, Syracuse 61AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hurricanes and Orange are about even in terms of defense, but Miami can really shoot the ball and that, at home, gives them enough of an advantage to pick them comfortably in this game. Led by 5-foot-7 freshman point guard Chris Lykes, the Hurricanes have 67 or more points in all but three conference games. UM surrounds Lykes with four capable scoring options and some nice complementary length. The one thing about UM: They are one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the nation, hitting 66.4 percent from the stripe. If the Orange can make it a contest there down the stretch, there’s a chance for SU. But even still, Miami might have too much offense.Tomer Langer (18-8)U are doneMiami 65, Syracuse 59Syracuse’s loss to N.C. State on Wednesday night stings, particularly because SU played fairly well. Now, it’s put a damper on the hope this team showed one week earlier. The narrative throughout the ACC this year has been about how difficult it is to win on the road in conference. And even in last year’s disappointing campaign, Syracuse only lost one ACC home game. But the loss to the Wolfpack was SU’s third ACC loss in the Carrier Dome this year. One came against a powerhouse in Virginia, but then there’s this most recent one to the Wolfpack and a still-inexplicable loss to a Notre Dame team missing its two best players. Now, the Orange has to play UM. The only teams to beat the Hurricanes in Miami are Virginia and then-No. 5 Duke. SU isn’t in the same class as those teams, so give me Miami in this one. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 16, 2018 at 5:14 pmlast_img read more

Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames final score: Goalie fight headlines Oilers’ blowout win in intense ‘Battle of Alberta’ game

first_imgKassian and Tkachuk largely stayed away from one another in this one; it was their goaltenders and goal-scoring that took center stage in the rivalry on Saturday. Oilers rookie Kailer Yamamoto and Kassian actually opened up the scoring quickly, putting Edmonton up 2-0 less than two minutes into the entire affair. The pace was intense from the start, and Calgary was on the board by the end of the first period too, by way of Buddy Robinson’s first goal as a Calgary Flame.Mayhem and chaos won the day in the second period; Robinson and Jujhar Khaira had dropped the gloves earlier in the game, but it didn’t seem anyone else would engage until there were 24 seconds left. Edmonton’s Sam Gagner poked away at a puck Talbot had covered, sending the Flames goaltender and his teammates into a frenzy.Because Talbot left his crease to go after opponents, Smith skated to neutral ice to test the waters while Matthew Tkachuk and Edmonton rookie Ethan Bear dropped the gloves. Once Talbot was separated from the pack, he and Smith went at it in the first-ever goalie fight between the Pacific Division rivals.MORE: Watch Cam Talbot and Mike Smith fight in latest ‘Battle of Alberta’Oilers-Flames have an all-out brawl, including a goalie fight between Mike Smith and Cam Talbot.Rivalry games are fun.pic.twitter.com/g4QkgQgCey— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) February 2, 2020When it was all said and done, Talbot (21 total penalty minutes) and Smith (17) were both ejected from the game — which forced already-pulled Flames goaltender David Rittich to go back between the pipes for the remaining 20 minutes. By that time, the score was already 6-3; Gagner and Gaetan Haas both scored for the Oilers in the third period to officially put the game away. Tkachuk, Oilers forward Alex Chiasson and Calgary defenseman Rasmus Andersson were handed misconducts as time expired as well.The Oilers’ two points from the win keeps them in second place in the Pacific Division; the Flames actually dropped into the West’s first wild card spot with the loss, thanks to the Vegas Golden Knights’ win.The final ‘Battle of Alberta’ match of 2019-20 regular season will be played on April 4, in Calgary, Alta., at the very end of the regular season.Sporting News trackeed live scoring updates and highlights from the Oilers vs. Flames game on Saturday. Follow along as it all played out belowEdmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames live score, updates and highlightsFinal scoreOilers: 8Flames: 3(All times are game clock times)Third period0:01 — Patrick Russell and Noah Hanifin lock up as time expires. The on-ice officials let the last second go in order to get this one over with.1:57 — Gaetan Haas is granted a penalty shot after Matthew Tkachuk is given a 10-minute misconduct penalty. He scores on Rittich, increasing Edmonton’s lead to five.6:45 — GOAL! Sam Gagner fires a slap shot past Rittich’s glove, giving Edmonton an insurance goal.8:43 — Patrick Russell and Sam Bennett are given matching minor roughing penalties. 4-on-4 play for two minutes.10:00 — Koskinen makes a couple nice saves in a row and freezes the puck. Some pushes and shoves are thrown after each whistle, words are exchanged, but tensions are calming as the game starts to wind down.16:06 — With one goaltender on each side no longer available, questions are being raised about who the emergency goaltender in the building tonight is. According to Sportsnet’s broadcast, 25-year-old Colin Cooper, who last played for Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alta. in 2018-19 is on standby for both teams. If both Rittich and Koskinen need to leave this game, then things will get really bizarre.18:20 — Edmonton’s power play does not result in any goals or shots, but it does seem to have calmed things down a bit. At this point though… who knows what happens before this game ends.Second periodHere’s the full list of penalties as a result of the brawl at the end of the second period. Talbot got 21 penalty minutes when it was all said and done; Smith got 17.The penalties. pic.twitter.com/Y0u0qH2M0Y— Kukla’s Korner (@kuklaskorner) February 2, 20200:00 — Rittich re-enters the net for Calgary and Koskinen in net for the Oilers, the second period ends with Edmonton on a power play.0:24 — Mayhem on the ice after Sam Gagner goes digging after a puck that Talbot had covered. There were a couple fights and the two goalies even dropped the gloves. The referees decide to play the last 24 seconds of this period after the intermission, effectively ending the second. This will take a while to sort out.All hell breaks loose in the Battle of Alberta, including a goalie fight between Mike Smith and Cam Talbot pic.twitter.com/7YRcWnFbEx— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 2, 2020The chaos started when Gagner poked away at Talbot; two Flames jumped on top of him and Talbot started throwing punches with his blocker and glove. Everyone came together, but no gloves actually dropped until Ethan Bear and Matthew Tkachuk decided to go at it. Smith skated to center-ice, customary when an opposing goaltender gets involved in an altercation, and after Talbot had been separated from the group, he skated out and met Smith for a fight, too.Both goaltenders were ejected from the game as a result of the fight — meaning David Rittich has to come back and play another period for Calgary.1:45 — Matthew Tkachuk is back on the Flames bench. He went off for a little while after looking concerned about his hip. He takes a quick skate during a break in play and remains on the bench.3:07 — Tempers start to flare after a whistle. If the Oilers continue to run away with it, this has the potential to get a little uglier in the third period.4:02 — GOAL! Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones gets a slap shot through traffic and beats Talbot. Oilers have a three-goal lead now. Edmonton is outshooting Calgary 33-15.Could be Chiasser’s tip… What do we think? #BattleOfAlberta | #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/t77Cpz9qNW— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 2, 20208:23 — GOAL! Ryan Nugent-Hopkins increases the Oilers’ lead back to two goals once more by stopping right in front of Talbot’s net and delivering on a one-time pass from Yamamoto.9:47 — GOAL! The Flames have brought this game back to one goal with an extended effort against a sprawled-out Mike Smith. Tkachuk initially turned the puck over, and then Elias Lindholm showed impressive patience before flipping it over Smith’s pads.15:25 — GOAL! Matthew Tkachuk isn’t letting Edmonton run away with this. His goal cuts the lead back in half.Chucky 🥰 pic.twitter.com/2Jf3iPLL9c— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 2, 202016:42 — GOAL! Connor McDavid scores his second goal of the game and that will chase David Rittich out of the net. Cam Talbot enters the game for the Flames.Two on the night for McDavid and that’ll end Rittich’s night. #HockeyNight pic.twitter.com/08r35LF5s3— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 2, 202018:52 — The Oilers will head to the penalty kill quickly in the second period after Darnell Nurse takes a tripping penalty.First period0:00 — The first period ends with the Oilers’ 3-1 lead intact.4:05 — Buddy Robinson and Jujhar Khaira drop the gloves.Khaira and Buddy Robinson drop the gloves. 😤 pic.twitter.com/0PTydy7xDe— The Oil Drop (@TheOilDrop) February 2, 20204:27 — GOAL! Connor McDavid makes a shifty move around Noah Hanifin and sends the puck past Rittich’s blocker side for his 450th career point. The Oilers now hold a 3-1 lead.6:17 — The Oilers will get a power play now as Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic heads to the box for slashing Josh Archibald.7:18 — GOAL! The Flames are on the board. Buddy Robinson initiates a give-and-go on the zone entry with Johnny Gaudreau and he out-muscled Caleb Jones when the pass came out front. Edmonton leads 2-1.🚨 Buddy Robinson 2-1 #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/Lva82Evjho— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) February 2, 20208:00 — Calgary gets two shots during their man-advantage but no goal to show for it.9:44 — Who else but Matthew Tkachuk? He causes a little bit of a pileup after perhaps one too many whacks at Mike Smith’s pads while the Edmonton goalie made a save.10:45 — Yamamoto heads to the penalty box for a hold and the Flames have an opportunity to cut their deficit in half.14:05 — Six minutes in, the pace has calmed down just a little bit, but we’re in for another intense game between these two teams. Oilers lead the shot battle 4-2.18:17 — Oilers goalie Mike Smith keeps that two-goal lead with a crazy save coming from behind his own net. A lot happening in the opening minutes of this one.👀 Mike Smith #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/M0OfuoBEmr— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) February 2, 202018:55 — GOAL! Zack Kassian finishes off an impressive cross-crease pass from Josh Archibald. The Oilers are up by two goals incredibly quickly.🚨 Zack Kassian 2-0 #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/SNGgAVQlqM— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) February 2, 202019:31 — GOAL! Edmonton’s Kailer Yamamoto takes advantage of poor puck management by the Flames and pots the first goal of the game less than one minute in. Uhh.. where should we start?11 goals were scored, three fights (including one between both team’s goaltenders) instigated and five misconduct or game misconduct penalties were handed out over the course over the Edmoton Oilers’ 8-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. The fourth ‘Battle of Alberta’ matchup this season was highly anticipated after Wednesday’s edition featured a Zack Kassian-Matthew Tkachuk fight and a narrow shootout win for Calgary. 🚨 Kailer Yamamoto 1-0 #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/Lr7gBf7GOK— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) February 2, 202020:00 — The puck has dropped.PregameThe Oilers’ lineup.With warmup complete, we have ourselves a lineup. #BattleOfAlberta | #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/ay5kYHgi14— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 2, 2020Calgary’s expected lineup.#Flames tonight vs. Edmonton:Mangiapane-Lindholm-TkachukGaudreau-Monahan-RobinsonLucic-Ryan-DubeBennett-Backlund-RiederGiordano-BrodieHanifin-HamonicKylington-AnderssonRittich— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) February 1, 2020last_img read more