Luck turns for Turnbull

first_imgPodge Turnbull needed a few bounces to go his way this weekend.The senior forward has been in and out of the UW lineup throughout the early portion of his final collegiate season, still searching for consistency.But head coach Mike Eaves gave Turnbull a chance to center Wisconsin’s second line over the weekend, and some luck finally found the stick of the Hayward, Wis. native.Turnbull scored the game-tying goal in Friday’s contest against Bemidji State and tallied UW’s second goal en route to a 2-0 win Saturday.Neither goal was particularly pretty, but fortunately for Turnbull and the Badgers, they all count the same.Turnbull’s goal Friday shocked everyone in attendance and most importantly, it surprised BSU goaltender Dan Bakala.Immediately upon entering the offensive zone, Turnbull fired a shot that knuckled its way past a defender and skipped past Bakala’s glove.The proper terminology used to describe the timely goal? Allow Turnbull to explain.“I wish I could tell you. I just tried to get it on net, and I’m not sure if it hit the guy’s stick or if I just ‘muffined’ one in there,” Turnbull said. “But it went in and that was the important thing.”“Good things happen when you shoot the puck and especially when you get it on net. This game is a game of inches and bounces, and fortunately it went our way.”Turnbull scored another important goal Saturday to double Wisconsin’s lead.This time Turnbull got his stick on a shot from Frankie Simonelli, and the puck did the rest. Bakala tried to fight off the bouncing puck as it came toward him, but the rubber somehow found a way to slip through him and into the net.“I just tried to get a stick on it and create a little misdirection, and I got a lucky bounce,” Turnbull said of his second round of good fortune. “I definitely didn’t try to do what I did. It’s just something that happens in a game, pucks roll.”Regardless of how it happened, Turnbull produced, and his coach wants to see more of it.Turnbull took advantage of his chance to play on one of the top lines, and Eaves hopes the senior forward finally takes ownership of that spot in the lineup.“He’s been given an opportunity now, and he has been given similar opportunities before,” Eaves said. “What has happened in the past is that he has let those opportunities slip away from him. Hopefully he has grasped this opportunity and is going to hold on to it.”Turnbull has been plagued by inconsistency throughout his career. He’s shown flashes that warrant more ice time over the years but often regresses once it’s given.Eaves doesn’t need to see Turnbull fill up the score sheet all season like he did in the sweep over BSU, but he wants to see high energy from the senior forward every time out.“The thing about Podge is his ability to play at a high level all the time and compete, and he did that [Friday], and he was able to earn himself some extra ice time based on that,” Eaves said.Whether it is second line center or fourth line winger, Turnbull has the ability to fill multiple roles in the lineup when needed.The particular position isn’t important. The opportunity to help this team win is all Turnbull is asking for.“I try to play wherever they need me. Its something that I’ve always done since I’ve been here. I’ve been a utility guy,” Turnbull said. “Wherever they need me I’ll play.”last_img read more

Erickson: Masters win would only be beginning in Woods’ comeback

first_imgEverybody loves a good comeback.The Philadelphia Eagles’ 28 unanswered points in seven-and-a-half minutes to beat the New York Giants in Week 15 was one of the best moments in the 2010 NFL season.Lance Armstrong was given a less than 50 percent chance to live after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996. From 1999 to 2005, he won seven Tour de France titles and is still living strong 15 years later.Michael Vick went from being one of the most hated men in football, with little hope of making a statement in the NFL ever again – and now he’s the starting quarterback for the Eagles.Yet, the sports world is still waiting for one more comeback.One year ago, Tiger Woods made his return to golf. After his now-infamous personal life scandal blew up news outlets during Thanksgiving 2009, Woods made his return to golf at the 2010 Masters.Yet, he still hasn’t solidified his comeback.He didn’t quite make the comeback he probably wanted in hopes of making the general public forget about his personal life. Woods has yet to even win an event since.Days after winning the 2008 U.S. Open Woods’ announced he needed knee surgery due to a torn ACL.A year later, his wife found out about his alleged sexcapades.Through 20 events over the past 17 months, Woods’ play hasn’t been anywhere near what it was pre-scandal.Sure, Woods tore his ACL, but he still managed a few wins in 2009 after the 2008 surgery.One year since his return, is it finally time for Tiger to return to the top of the golf world?Well, that depends. Will the old Woods show up or not?Last year, Woods shared a fourth place finish at the Masters and since then has struggled with his short game.This season hasn’t looked too promising for the former course god.Woods opened his season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course and tied for 44th, one of the worst starts of his career.Now only one day into the Masters, Woods finished -1 with 71 strokes, placing him 24th. With two more rounds to play, if there were ever a time for Woods to make a comeback – in the match and his career – it would be now.Ask any athlete and he or she will tell you that your play during the biggest games is what matters most.Take the UConn men’s basketball team, for example. The Huskies finished ninth in their conference with a 9-9 conference record, but charged their way through the Big East Tournament. In the NCAA tournament, UConn upset San Diego State, defeated streaking Arizona and Kentucky, and finally dominated Butler to claim the national title.UConn didn’t have its strongest regular season, but the Huskies won the games that really counted.If there were ever a time for Woods’ pre-scandal, pre-knee surgery self to appear, now would be the time. Now is the time for him to play at his best, ? la UConn through March Madness or the Green Bay Packers through the NFL playoffs.In this year’s field, there really isn’t a front-runner or a favorite to run away with the green jacket.After one day, Rorey McIlroy and Alvro Quiros lead the field at -7 with 65 strokes. Neither McIlroy nor Quiros has ever won a major in their young professional careers.Defending Masters champion Phil Mickelson finished at -2 with 70 strokes in 2010. The only other green jacket winner doing better than Mickelson is Trevor Immelman (-3 with 69 strokes), who won in 2008.If Woods can find the inner strength that formerly captivated golf fans around the world, then expect to see him wearing black and red on Sunday.Despite his rocky start to the season, Woods is still very much in the running to win his first major since 2008. If Woods wins that coveted green jacket a fifth time, don’t expect his comeback to be complete.While a win would certainly launch him into comeback mode, especially with the dismal start he has had this season, Woods’ comeback requires more than just one majors win.A green jacket would start him off on the right foot, but he’ll need to finish the rest of the season strong, with a few more wins if not another major win.Vick wasn’t just named the starting quarterback and then blessed with a complete comeback. He had to work for it, and it wasn’t until he led the Eagles to the playoffs that his comeback was truly solidified.A Masters win for Woods would be like Vick being named starting quarterback. The work is just beginning.While Woods has a decent chance at a major win this weekend, it’s only the start of a longer process for him. Until he returns to being a dominating presence on the course -or at least a shadow of that figure – that process will continue to be ongoing.Kelly is a sophomoreintending to major in journalism. Do you think Woods has a good chance at thisyear’s green jacket? Do you think this could be his comeback year? Let her knowwhat you think at kerickson@badgerherald.comor follower her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.last_img read more