April 24, 2014

The Ice is Heating Up

Today the puck will drop for the Wisconsin Men’s hockey team (22-10-2, 13-6-1 Big Ten). Earning a first round bye with their 2nd-seed, Wisconsin will face Penn State in the second round. The 6th seeded Nittany Lions won their opening match against 3rd-seeded Michigan 2-1 in double overtime.

Wisconsin is undefeated (4-0-0) against Penn State this season.

The NCAA Division 3 Frozen Four Ice Hockey Championships are on tap this weekend.  Semi-final action this afternoon has top ranked St. Norbert College facing Geneseo State at 3pm. St. Norbert has been to the Frozen Four 8 times and won 3 National titles.

UW-Stevens Point faces Oswego State in the other semi-final.


Bucks fall short

Former Marquette and Madison Memorial star Wesley Matthews had a game-high 26 points, as the Portland Trailblazers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night in overtime, 120-115.

Despite the two team’s opposite trajectories this season, Portland had its hands full with Milwaukee. The lead changed hands 23 times and neither club ever had a double-digit lead.

Portland (44-24), currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoff standings, led 52-47 at halftime. But after an 0-7 start from the floor in the first two quarters, Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton got hot in the third quarter, hitting three of his four shots en route to an 18-point game.

Milwaukee (13-55) was led by Brandon Knight’s 24 points and eight rebounds. Guard Ramon Sessions chipped in 23 points off the bench.

The Bucks will play at Golden State Thursday night.

Green Bay upset in NIT

Missing Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes with a left ankle injury, it was one-and -done for the Green Bay Phoenix in the NIT at the Resch Center on Tuesday night.

For the Bruins, Craig Bradshaw scored a career-high 25 points and Drew Winkler added 15 as Belmont won going away 80-65.

Without Sykes handling the ball, the Phoenix coughed up a season-high 21 turnovers.

Greg Mays scored 15 points to lead Green Bay.

Belmont will host Robert Morris University in the second round of the NIT.

Minor League Baseball returns to Miller Park


The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Tuesday afternoon that the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Beloit Snappers will play a Midwest League game at Miller Park on Saturday, May 24.. Game time is scheduled for 6:10 p.m.

“The Brewers and Timber Rattlers have had a strong partnership for a number of years and this is a great opportunity for our fans to see our future stars,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger in a statement released by the team.  “It’s also a great opportunity for these players to get the thrill of playing at Miller Park.”

“We are excited to be returning to Miller Park this year as it has been a fan favorite and it allows our fans in the Milwaukee area the opportunity to see some of the top prospects in the Brewers organization right in their own backyard,” Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav said in the same release. “We also know it is a day our players mark on their calendar and gives them the chance to get a taste of what they are striving to achieve.”

This will mark the seventh time in team history that the Timber Rattlers will play a game at Miller Park. Among the list of current Brewers who have played in minor league games at Miller Park includes Rickie Weeks, Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson and Wily Peralta.


Garza roughed up by the Angels

Matt Garza’s spring training struggles continued for the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.  David Freese had three hits and Albert Pujols added two as the Los Angeles Angels’ split squad knocked off the Brewers 12-2 in Tempe, Arizona.

Garza allowed 10 runs, 6 of them earned, on 9 hits in 1 2/3 innings.  The Brewers committed two errors in the Angels’ 8-run second inning.

AUDIO: Matt Garza on his rough outing :18

Garza’s spring ERA now stands at 19.06 after three starts.

Angels starter Hector Santiago allowed five hits and two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, striking out six.  Santiago came to the Angels in a three-way trade that sent Mark Trumbo to Arizona.

The Brewers return to Cactus League action this afternoon.  They’ll face the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Arizona.