It took 39 games, but the Wisconsin men’s hockey team finally reached a new record low.In a season filled with struggles, the Badgers came up empty-handed yet again, this time by way of a 2-0 defeat against Ohio State at the Kohl Center in the final regular season game of the year.The defeat pushed the Badgers to their 25th loss of the 2014-15 campaign, surpassing the 24 losses of the 1975-76 Badger squad, which was the previous high for most setbacks in one season.Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said he liked the effort of his players Saturday night, but that didn’t translate into the desired outcome.“There’s not one young man in that locker room that didn’t want to play really well tonight,” Eaves said. “But it just didn’t happen.”Not surprisingly as the third lowest scoring team in the nation, Wisconsin (4-25-5, 2-15-3-2 Big Ten) failed to find the back of the net and got shut out for the fifth time in the last seven games.But Ohio State (13-18-3, 8-11-1-1) couldn’t solve Joel Rumpel either, and the teams remained scoreless almost until the halfway point of the tilt. But before the teams reached that halfway mark, OSU struck for the only goal it needed. OSU’s David Gust slid a backhanded centering feed to the front of the net, and Tyler Lundey slammed the pack into a vacated net with Rumpel down and out to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead 8:54 into the second.Although that proved the pivotal score, Eaves said the turning point of the game came when UW’s Cameron Hughes sustained an upper body injury. Jedd Soleway had trouble getting into the bench after he had gotten hurt earlier in the sequence, and when Hughes skated by the bench with the puck, he got slammed hard into the open door. Hughes left the game with an undisclosed injury and did not return, although Soleway did return to the game.“I thought he broke his arm,” Eaves said. “The anguish in his face was pretty good and that just was typical of the night.”Already down a goal and one player, Wisconsin lost senior Matt Paape with less than five minutes to go in the second period when he took a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a check from behind.The Buckeyes couldn’t score on the subsequent extended man advantage, but the Wisconsin offense continued its own struggles after it got back to even strength.The Badgers managed just 17 total shots in the game, the sixth time this season they have failed to record at least 20. According to Eaves, Rumpel was the big reason Wisconsin managed to even stay in the game, as the senior stopped 32 of 34 shots in the final two periods in his last home game.Ohio State would tack on an insurance goal with a little less than 10 minutes to play when Matthew Weis zipped a shot past Rumpel from the left wing on a sharp angle.But despite yet another loss this year, Rumpel and the rest of the Badgers remained optimistic after the game, with their eye on the team they will meet in the first game of the Big Ten tournament next Thursday.“They better watch out,” Rumpel said.Wisconsin will take on third-seeded Michigan Thursday in Detroit in the first round of the conference tournament.Badgers salvage tie with Buckeyes Friday nightThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team played the second 30 minutes of Friday night’s game against Ohio State like there was no tomorrow after it was nowhere to be found in the first half of the series-opening contest.But after falling down a goal twice in game one of their last home stand of the season, the Badgers never quit against Ohio State, battling the Buckeyes to a 2-2 draw and a shootout that OSU won in the tenth round.Both teams got out to a slow start in the first period, especially the Badgers, who registered only six shots on goal in the first 20 minutes. Fortunately, Wisconsin goaltender Landon Peterson, who started in place of the usual starter Rumpel, played well to keep the game scoreless heading into the second.While the Badgers finished strong, Eaves was unhappy with how his team came out to start the game.“It becomes a balance act. For a period and a half, we were disappointed,” Eaves said. “We looked distracted. We didn’t look like we were ready to play in the first period.”Wisconsin senior captain Brad Navin agreed.“We had guys who didn’t show up until halfway through the game,” Navin said.The weekend was also Wisconsin’s senior weekend, which Eaves said may have distracted his team a bit at the start of the game.Wisconsin’s play improved in the second period, but that did not prevent the Buckeyes from taking the lead 13 minutes into the period. Lundey scored on a rebound to give the Buckeyes a one goal lead that they would take into the final period.Wisconsin seniors Navin and Peterson made their senior weekends memorable in the final period. Three minutes in, Navin connected on a power play goal to tie the game and snap Wisconsin’s 183-minute goal drought. After an Ohio State goal put the Buckeyes ahead again, Navin tied it up again for the Badgers with 3:57 to play, giving him a two-goal game. Peterson may have been the biggest hero of the night, making a brilliant save on an Ohio State breakaway that came with just more than a minute left in the game.After a scoreless overtime, Ohio State prevailed in a shootout that does not count toward the teams’ NCAA records, but gives the Buckeyes an extra point in the Big Ten standings.
Baldwinsville also features unusual pep band instruments like violins, obos, bells, a cello and a viola. Those aren’t typical of a pep band, Vanderstouw said, but it’s typical of his group.“Kids show up and they want to do it, you don’t tell them no,” Vanderstouw said.“Nobody sits on the bench, which is great,” Viviana added.The performances in the Carrier Dome aren’t the only big events Plan Bee has in the works. The group also has an album release upcoming at The Palace Theatre in Syracuse. It features a collection of songs recorded from their live performances over the past three and a half years.The name of Plan Bee’s album: Bee Sides.“I like to keep it tongue in cheek,” Vanderstouw said.Usually, the Sour Sitrus Society only performs the Syracuse fight song at the conclusion of SU victories. But after Old Dominion upset the Orange, that didn’t stop Plan Bee. The Baldwinsville students blasted the classic song, and didn’t stop there, playing a few more songs before putting away their instruments.The trumpets blared. Vanderstouw stamped his feet as he directed from his elevated perch. After the loss to Old Dominion, surrounded by a crowd of unhappy SU basketball fans, the local high schoolers didn’t lose energy and jammed on. Comments About an hour before Syracuse faced Old Dominion, Casey Vanderstouw implored his trumpets to play louder. The Baldwinsville (New York) High School band director and Syracuse grad was a percussionist in the Carrier Dome during basketball games in the mid-90s. He knew the volume and balance needed to be much higher than an average Baldwinsville basketball game.“There’s a huge echo in here that bands have to deal with, and a delay,” Vanderstouw said. “So you really have to listen to each other and not the echo.”The Baldwinsville pep band, Plan Bee, fills the role of the Syracuse pep band for four games during SU’s winter break in place of the regular Sour Sitrus Society. Featuring about 120 members between grades six and 12, Plan Bee has already performed at Syracuse’s (7-4) games against Old Dominion and Buffalo, and will also play during the Arkansas State game on Dec. 22 and against Clemson on Jan. 9. Many of the students overlap with Baldwinsville’s marching band, which will participate in next year’s Rose Parade at the Rose Bowl. The group brings a full, at times unique sound to the classic role of a pep band, and that’s because they let everyone be involved.“It’s just really cool to see how much the band has evolved from just a small thing to this huge thing with all these instruments and opportunities and events that we go to,” Desiree Hoff, a sophomore at Baldwinsville, said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMolly Bolan | Staff PhotographerWhenever Syracuse ran out of its tunnel on Saturday and Tuesday, the pep band played the SU fight song, just as the college’s usual band does. But Vanderstouw doesn’t remember ever being asked to have his students learn it. Rather, SU trusts Plan Bee to do a good job, he said, because that’s all they’ve done throughout the years.Two of the band members, Vanderstouw’s daughter Viviana, along with tenor saxophone Hoff, couldn’t decide which song they execute was their favorite. Crocodile Rock by Elton John, maybe, or Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, they said. But regardless of the song choice, they don’t feel nervous performing in the Carrier Dome. Rather, their weekly practices, along with carryover from performing together in the fall’s marching band, has prepared them to fill the spacious Carrier Dome with sound.“I feel like that’s the warming part of being in this group is just to see how much the audience actually appreciates us being here,” Hoff said.Molly Bolan | Staff PhotographerThe group also plays fewer songs during SU games than they do in Baldwinsville, Vanderstouw said, due to the Dome’s commercials and piped-in music. That requires Viviana to don a headset and be in communication with the Dome staff throughout the game to know when it’s their turn. Then, Vanderstouw steps onto an elevated stand to direct his 120 musicians.At halftime of the Old Dominion game, one of the more unusual elements of the Baldwinsville pep band stepped forward: the bagpipe player. Last year, when the band was considering adding “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys to its repertoire, Vanderstouw posed the question. Tyler Norman, a tuba player, raised his hand, and said he knows the bagpipes, Viviana recalled.So last Saturday, Norman stepped up and opened the halftime set. Before the game, Vanderstouw said the bagpipes were going to “blow your mind.” Then, after Norman got the tune underway, the rest of the group joined in, a full sound surrounding the bagpipe melody in the Carrier Dome. The group repeated the halftime song choice on Tuesday during the Buffalo game. And here’s the follow up of Shipping off to Boston by the @bville_bees band, great stuff pic.twitter.com/zhaNRflXcT— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) December 15, 2018 Published on December 20, 2018 at 11:05 am Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+