Saints add depth in goal with signing of Alexandre Sirard

first_img“I’m looking to establish myself as a top player in the BCIHL and play a role in building a winning team, while also having good marks in school.”As an 18-year old, he saw action with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and compiled a record of 3-4-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in nine games.He went on to play two-plus seasons of Junior A hockey, primarily with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melville Millionaires.He was named the Mills’ Playoff MVP in 2011 following a first-round series loss to the Estevan Bruins, who he held to 11 goals on 172 shots over five games. Sirard split the 2011/12 season between the University of Regina and the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s Pilot Butte Storm, who he helped to a league championship following his late season addition.He concluded his junior career with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and sevven ties. “Alex is a talented netminder whose experience in Major Junior and Junior A hockey has prepared him well to take the next step at the college level,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”With a largely new group coming in this fall, getting solid and steady goaltending will be crucial to team success early in the season.”Alex is coming off a championship run last season and he’s highly motivated to be a key piece of another winning team at Selkirk College.” The 21-year old has shown an ability to step up his game in the playoffs, where he has posted a 2.68 goals-against average and .927 save percentage over the past two seasons. Sirard is the second goaltender to commit to the Saints this offseason, joining former KIJHL and VIJHL stand-out Stephen Wolff. Also committed to the Saints for the 2012/13 season are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) and defencemen Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL), Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL) and Lucas Hildebrand (Revelstoke, KIJHL). Forget about the nice summer weather.The movers and shakers from the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey Team are doing their best to dream of success on ice after inking a major cog in next season’s team — former Western Hockey League netminder Alexandre Sirard of Calgary.Sirard joins the Saints for the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season following three seasons of junior hockey spent in the WHL, AJHL and SJHL.”I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk College and joining the Saints,” said Sirard, who describes himself as a quick, athletic goaltender with a good foot work in a team press release.last_img read more

Wednesday night GAA – Galway football results

first_imgFootball League Results Wednesday May 4th 2016 Division 2 Semi-FinalSt. Michaels 1-13 Micheál Breathnach 1-10 – (St. Michaels play Cortoon Shamrocks in the 2015 Division 2 League Final) John Dunne CupBarna 1-14 Killannin 1-11West GPC:Minor “A”  – Salthill/Knocknacarra 3-7 Barna 2-7Minor “B” – Carna/Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh 2-10 An Cheathru Rua 2-7Killannin 3-16 Clifden/Renvyle 2-7North GPC:Minor “A” – Annaghdown 2-16 Oranmore/Maree 2-12Corofin 1-7 Kilkerrin/Clonberne 0-7Mountbellew/Moylough 1-10 Claregalway0-7Division 6Cortoon Shamrocks 0-10 Kilconly 1-6print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Chelsea to move for £45m Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld this summer

first_imgTOTTENHAM are braced for bitter rivals Chelsea to bid for Toby Alderweireld.The £45million-rated Belgium centre-back is wanted at Stamford Bridge in a summer move after failing to agree a new deal at Spurs.6 Toby Alderweireld could be set to swap Spurs for fellow London giants ChelseaCredit: PA:Empics SportAnd the two clubs must put aside years of bad blood, which started when Frank Arnesen left White Hart Lane in 2005, to get a deal done.Alderweireld, 29, is firmly on the radar at Stamford Bridge despite the history meaning the rivals rarely do business.The ex-Atletico Madrid star only has a season left on his deal at Spurs.Alderweireld is still regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and viewed as a bargain at his price.6 Toby Alderweireld is rated by many as the best centre-back in the Premier LeagueCredit: REUTERS6 Belgian Toby Alderweireld has also been on the radar of Manchester City and UtdCredit: REUTERS6 Antonio Conte may have Toby Alderweireld in his ranks if he is still Chelsea boss next seasonCredit: AFP or licensors AFP or licensorsManchester City were tracking him before moving for Aymeric Laporte in January – and Manchester United have looked at him too.But Chelsea will compete for him too and offer make him the cornerstone of their defence as they look to rebuild next season.Swansea 0-1 Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas scores early goal as Blues still hope for Champions League placeMASS-IVE BLOW Arsenal blow as Massimiliano Allegri reveals he is staying at Juventus for one more seasonAlderweireld’s current deal, as revealed by Football Leaks, has a £25m release clause active for 14 days if Spurs activate a one-year extension option at the end of next season.And that could leave Spurs with a dilemma over whether to try to get maximum value for him earlier.Spurs are lining up a £45m swoop for Dutch teen sensation Matthijs de Ligt as a replacement.6 Toby Alderweireld could be the most-wanted defender in the Premier LeagueCredit: REUTERSBoss Mauricio Pochettino sees the Ajax centre-back, 18, as the long-term replacement for Alderweireld.He has already played more than 50 times for the Amsterdam giants, and his fifth cap for the Netherlands senior team was in last month’s 1-0 friendly defeat at home to England.Full Sunday Premier League preview including Manchester United v Arsenal and West Ham v Manchester CityArsenal and Barcelona scouts have both watched De Ligt in action in recent months – although SunSport understands Barca’s interest has now cooled.The Gunners are still keen but it appears their North London rivals are now the front-runners to land the youngster, who saw his pal Davinson Sanchez leave Ajax for Tottenham for £42m last summer.6 World Cup glory might not be the only thing on Toby Alderweireld’s mind this summerCredit: Getty Images – Gettylast_img read more

Checkpoint Systems’ StrapLok Helps Largest DIY Retailer in Benelux Protect Luxury Range of Faucets…

first_imgCheckpoint Systems has recently announced that its StrapLok solution is helping the largest DIY retailer in Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) to protect its high-end range of faucets and tools.Praxis, part of the Maxeda retail group, operates a diverse range of outlets, including superstores and small high street stores, and has an online presence. In total, the company runs more than 370 stores, with chains such as Plan-it by Praxis and Formido in the Netherlands, and Brico and Plan-it in Belgium and Luxembourg.The retailer sells a wide range of merchandise, including power tools and luxury bathroom faucets. Unfortunately, these desirable products are also very popular with shoplifters and susceptible to theft. As a result, Checkpoint conferred with managers at two of its stores—Praxis Apeldoorn (franchiser) and Praxis Drunen (branch)—to find out how they reduced shrink on two specific product categories.- Sponsor – ApeldoornPraxis was experiencing a number of issues with the availability of luxury bathroom faucets. Despite its order system indicating that these products were in stock, the reality was there were none available. On further examination, the retailer found that the Grohe brand was particularly affected with shoplifters targeting its easy-to-conceal range of products.Having identified the problem, the team implemented a solution from another vendor. However, the results were not as positive as they had hoped. Primarily, this was because the device alarmed every time a customer touched the merchandise. Although dishonest customers were deterred from stealing the products, customers were also put off and were unable to interact with the range and view the product information. Not only that, it was also very labor intensive for store staff who had to constantly turn off the alarm, using the appropriate key/detacher.As a result, Checkpoint presented Praxis with its StrapLok™ solution. Many high-theft products received by retailers arrive with nylon straps around the box to protect inside contents. StrapLok quickly attaches onto the existing nylon straps. Because of dynamic tension adjustment, it is compatible with low-quality, loose straps found on boxes already pre-strapped from manufacturing. StrapLok actively monitors the strap’s tension and will only alarm if the strap is being cut. This is one of the key advantages of the StrapLok as it will not generate false alarms. After a short trial, the retailer immediately placed an order.Remon Bonte, who has worked at the company for over 19 years, commented: “The StrapLok instantly minimized false alarms, which made a huge difference for the customer. For store staff, it also meant that we could deal with every alarm effectively as we knew it was a legitimate issue. It is a perfect solution because it’s easy to apply, allows customers to interact with the product and protects merchandise.”Praxis has been using the StrapLok across its stores for over four months and has steadily increased the number in use. At first, the solution was used to protect products with a value of $175 or more, but that has now been brought down to under $100.DrunenPraxis’ store in Drunen had similar challenges. It found that shoplifters were removing luxury faucets and power tools from their packaging and leaving empty boxes on the shelves. As a result, a three-month trial was ordered by head office, with StrapLok tags applied to products across a range of product categories.Jos van Lith, who manages the Drunen store and has worked at Praxis since 1990, said, “Since implementing the StrapLok, we no longer find empty packaging on our shelves. It has been highly successful because it is reliable and easy to use. We do not suffer from false alarms and can deal with each problem very effectively. Ultimately, this solution has reduced shrink of Grohe faucets and hand tool boxes from Makita, Bosch and Worx.”According to Stuart Rosenthal, vice president of sales and marketing for Checkpoint’s Alpha High-Theft Solutions, “The StrapLok is a direct result of customer feedback combined with our deep and longstanding knowledge of the retail industry.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Data Management: Getting a Grip on Enterprise Data

first_imgData is important for the organization and it is important to develop methodologies to use data efficiently and cost effectively.  451 Research analyst Henry Baltazar proposed four different approaches for getting better control on data managed by the organization:Audit.  Know what you have. Audit the current usage of data to understand the frequency and urgency that different data is being used within the organization.Metadata and usage reports can be reviewed to see the frequency of access of data and which groups are using which data.It’s important that the right data is being stored on the right resource.Centralization. While there are exceptions, a rule of thumb is to simplify data management by consolidating data into fewer systems.It is too easy for data to become sprawled across many different storage systems.Efficient Cloud Storage. Moving data to the cloud can often save money and simplify storage management.But cloud data is best used when it can be granularly accessed. Without that, it may be necessary to recover a large block of data from the cloud to retrieve some piece of data.  Retrieving large blocks of data can incur data transfer costs that are expensive and require a large amount of time to make the transfer.Automated Data Management. Metadata and data usage patterns derived from machine learning can help automate the use of data.Automation and process management tools can help data be used more efficiently and intelligently.last_img read more

In the polar ‘twilight zone,’ these unusual sea creatures outshine the starlight

first_imgThe ocean’s twilight zone is a spooky place, where creatures like krill and “werewolf” plankton hunt—and hide—using only the light they themselves emit. In most seas, the zone is deep, stretching from 200 to 1000 meters beneath the surface. But new research has found that in the winter waters near Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, the zone shifts upward during the long polar night, bringing some of these creatures close to the surface. What’s more, the denizens of the zone live in distinct layers, with some dominating the upper levels and others ruling below. The findings could lead to a new understanding of polar marine ecosystems, even as they are endlessly transformed by melting sea ice.“This is a new look at the structure of the water column in the polar night,” says Edith Widder, an oceanographer and biologist who studies bioluminescence at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association in Fort Pierce, Florida. “[This] looks at the impact of one of the most important organizational principles in the open ocean, light, including the light animals make themselves.”The polar night was long considered a time of hibernation. For nearly 4 months, the sun disappears entirely; tiny animals at the base of the food chain were thought to die off or go dormant. But that thinking changed in 2007, when sonar equipment used by marine ecologist Jørgen Berge picked up on a strange signal: an echo that descended predictably during the day and rose at night. In warmer waters, a similar pattern marks the daily movement of millions of marine creatures up and down the water column. The sonar echo meant this mass migration was also happening near the poles, triggering a complete re-evaluation of Arctic ecosystems. Since 2012, Berge, at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, has led annual expeditions examining everything from “werewolf” plankton to clams with internal clocks timed to an absent sun.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In their dark journeys, Berge and his team discovered an unexpected abundance of bioluminescence. They began wondering where the creatures’ own light took over from the virtually nonexistent daylight and how that glow affected predator-prey relationships. But to do so, the team had to first quantify how much light was being produced—and by what.The scientists started by netting a variety of organisms, from krill to comb jellies to copepods, small crustaceans that form the base of the Arctic food chain. Then, they used a special device to measure the emitted light: an Underwater Bioluminescence Assessment Tool (UBAT), designed in part by team member Mark Moline, a marine ecologist at the University of Delaware (UD) in Newark. Like a mini vacuum cleaner, the breadbox-sized black box sucks water into a chamber and whips it, prompting the creatures inside to light up.               “It measures every 1/60 of a second, so you get to see the kinetics of the actual flash,” Moline says. “Each organism emits a different signal in terms of intensity and duration. It almost looks like a Morse code or a heartbeat.”In the lab, the scientists examined 17 species and came up with distinct signals for seven of them. Then, over the course of two 3-week cruises in 2014 and 2015, they used their key to map the entire column in 20-meter increments down to 120 meters. Finally, they calculated the total bioluminescence of each level and compared it with the light that should have reached that depth from the atmosphere. The brightness from bioluminescence surpasses starlight, moonlight, and even the nearly imperceptible noontime daylight about 20 to 40 meters below the surface, they report this week in Scientific Reports. Further, dinoflagellates, microscopic creatures that can selectively photosynthesize, dominate the upper ranges, whereas copepods rule the deeper realms.“We tried to … break out who’s there and where they are and how much light are they producing,” says paper author and visual ecologist Jonathan Cohen of UD. “We put that together with where atmospheric light and bioluminescence actually flip roles.” Jonathan Cohen, visual ecologist at the University of Delaware, adjusts the reflectance plate on his light meter before setting off to take measurements of atmospheric light. The team’s next step is to explore the role bioluminescence plays in predator-prey dynamics. Cohen, who specializes in krill bioptics, has already mathematically modeled how far away and at what depth a keen-eyed krill can detect a predatory bird diving into the twilight zone, especially if that bird happens to be trailing a line of brightly lit dinoflagellates. The findings suggest that extra light from other creatures may save the krill from becoming an untimely snack. But the research has other ramifications.“One of the major implications of climate change in the Arctic is thinning ice and a changing light climate,” Cohen says. Sea ice blocks daylight, so less frozen ocean makes seas a brighter place, possibly posing problems for animals adapted to darkness in the polar night. “Changing the atmospheric light portion even in times of twilight will influence the role bioluminescence can play.”center_img Randall Hyman last_img read more

Kristen Bell Helps Fight Child Hunger With Nutrition Bar

first_imgWhat if your favorite fruit and nut bar was not just a midday snack, but was also a meal for a hungry child across the globe? Well now, it can be!Video: Celebrity Kristen Bell Creates ‘This Bar Saves Lives’ to End World HungerWhen Hollywood actors Todd Grinnell, Ryan Devlin and Ravi Patel visited Liberia, they were heartbroken by the poverty they encountered. In fact, the epidemic is so severe that one child dies of malnourishment once every 12 seconds. Upon their return, they knew they had to take action. They decided to jump on the ‘buy one, give one’ band wagon and create a healthy, nutritious fruit and nut bar.With the purchase of this new snack, a child in need on the other side of the world receives a food bar, jam packed full of the nutrients required to nurse them back to health. This Bar Saves Lives eventually attracted the attention of A-list celebrities like Kristen Bell. By the end of the year, the co-founders hope to sell one million bars, giving helpless families across the world a chance at life!last_img read more

2018 Fort St John Annual Municipal Report being presented

first_imgCopies of this report are available on the city’s website; CLICK HERE or in person from City Hall at 10631-100th StreetAny inquiries regarding this public meeting can be directed to David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services at djoy@fortstjohn.ca or call (250) 794-3300 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A public meeting is being held to present the 2018 Annual Municipal Report on Monday, June 24th, 2019.The presentation starts at 6 pm at City Hall in the Council chambers and is being presented by David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services.The presentation will go over the details of the report including the 2019 goals and objectives, updates to the 2018 goals and objectives, the 2018 audited financial statements and report on permissive property tax exemptions.last_img read more

Regulator seeks powers to grant immunity impose lesser penalty

first_imgNew Delhi: With an aim to bolster its information-gathering mechanism and fast-track its probe, market regulator Sebi has sought direct powers to grant immunity in select cases and to impose lesser penalty if the accused agrees to provide assistance against other wrongdoers. In two separate proposals for the government, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has opined that such provisions would help it in establishing and securing stronger findings and orders against defaulters against whom sufficient evidence may not be available otherwise, officials said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe new powers can be crucial for Sebi in some ongoing cases, including one involving a large bank and several high-profile names, officials added. At present, any immunity for securities law violations can be granted only by the central government. Citing similar powers available with the fair trade watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI), Sebi has proposed to impose a lesser penalty on a person who may have violated securities laws but provides assistance to the regulator in proceedings against other accused before completion of investigation, inquiry, inspection or audit ordered by it. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsResponding to Sebi’s proposal, the Finance Ministry has opined any such powers should remain with the central government and a provision for that can be made by suitable amendments to the Sebi Act and the Securities Contracts Regulation Act (SCRA). Clarifying that the proposal to impose a lesser penalty is different from granting immunity, Sebi has said the conduct of a person in an actionable proceeding may be considered as a mitigating factor and the regulator or its adjudicating officer should be empowered to impose a smaller fine against an individual providing help in probe. This would, however, depend on the person having made a full and true disclosure in respect of his or her alleged violations and the disclosure should be vital for the regulator. Also, the penalty cannot be reduced in cases where the disclosure is made after receipt of report of inspection, inquiry, audit or investigation. In cases where the informant stops cooperating with the regulator before completion of the proceedings would also not qualify for the leniency. Besides, Sebi can act against such an informant at a later stage if it finds that the person has failed to comply with the necessary conditions for the leniency, had given false evidence or the disclosure was not vital or to the satisfaction of the regulator or its adjudicating officer. On the proposal regarding power to grant immunity , the regulator is of the view that such powers currently lies only with the central government. However, the Committee on Fair Market Conduct has recommended that such a power can also be exercisable by Sebi. The Committee has also suggested necessary amendment to the Section 24B of the Sebi Act to give power to Sebi to impose lesser penalty along the lines of a similar provision in the Competition Act. This Section provides for power to grant immunity to the central government to a person who is alleged to have violated any of the provisions of the Sebi Act or rule or regulations the immunity from prosecution or from imposition of any penalty. It has been now proposed that such powers should be available to the government as well as to Sebi, officials said. Sebi has also proposed to remove the reference in the current provision that any recommendation from the regulator for grant of immunity should not be binding on the government. Any such immunity, however, cannot be granted in cases where the proceedings for the prosecution for any offence has been instituted before the receipt of application for granting immunity. Also, an immunity can be withdrawn by the government or Sebi at a later stage if it is found that the person has failed to comply with necessary conditions or the evidence provided by him or her is found to be false. Subsequently, the person can be tried for the offence and also become liable to imposition of a penalty for the offence for which the immunity was granted.last_img read more

OSU mens hockey soar past Golden Hawks in exhibition

Ohio State sophomore forward Dakota Joshua surveys the defense against Wilfrid-Laurier in an exhibition at the Schottenstein Center on Oct. 2, 2016. Credit: Ric Kruszynski | Ohio State AthleticsOhio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik’s message to his team in the offseason was clear: A fast start to the season will be a key factor in the team having an opportunity at postseason play. The Buckeyes did just that in their exhibition game on Sunday at Value City Arena inside the Schottenstein Center by jumping all over the Wilfrid-Laurier Golden Hawks from the get-go.With the help of two first-period goals from sophomore forward Dakota Joshua, OSU defeated Wilfrid-Laurier 9 – 2. Yes, it was just an exhibition, but Rohlik said he was pleased with the team’s offensive attack in the early period.“We talked a lot about getting out there, and the guys were anxious to play against somebody else besides themselves,” Rohlik said. “Just trying to get out there and throw the first punch, get out there, get after it, that was kind of our focus today.”Joshua would come back in the second period to tack on another goal to his already impressive performance, topping off a hat trick. Joshua added an assist on a second-period goal by sophomore defender Tommy Parran, for a total of four points on the day.“I was fortunate enough to get two in the first,” Joshua said. “It was a little weird being the first game back from a long break so it was nice to see the first one go in.”Sophomore forward John Wiitala had four points as well, and newcomer forward Tanner Laczynski had three points on Sunday. The Buckeyes registered 50 shots on net.Being selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Laczynski is being asked by the coaching staff to fill a big role for an OSU team that has postseason aspirations. Joshua said that the youngster didn’t have any deer-in-the-headlights looks out there in his first game action.“He knows, in his head, that he has a big role to fill, so it was good to see him go out in the first game — even though it was an exhibition — and do what he needed to do,” Joshua said. “Hopefully that will give him a little jump start.”Concerning the defense, Rohlik stuck with his pairs of defensemen that he ended last year with. Senior captain defensemen Josh Healey and Drew Brevig possess the most experience on the back line, but each of them was paired with sophomores Tommy Parran and Sasha Larocque, respectively.Twelve out of 26 OSU players are sophomores or freshmen, and one particular pairing that showed OSU’s youth was the duo of freshmen defensemen Matt Miller and Gordi Myer. Healey said he believes the coaching staff has figured out its six defensemen for the regular season, but Sunday’s game provided an opportunity for the freshmen to compete for a spot in the lineup.Earlier in the week, Rohlik said the penalty kill and powerplay units will be crucial this year for the Buckeyes. On Sunday, OSU was 2-for-5 on the powerplay, but did allow a goal on the kill.The Scarlet and Gray ranked near the bottom of the NCAA in penalty kills last year, which Healey said he believes caused several results in ‘15-’16.“It’s definitely been something we have worked on and have been working on,” he said. “We had a lot of one-goal games last year that came down to penalty kill and powerplay either not capitalizing or giving up a goal. This year, we are definitely focusing more on that.”The Buckeyes will switch its focus to the regular season and No. 3 Denver, the team’s first opponent on Friday. read more