Lumberjacks’ Emilio Pettersen is starting to score the way the team knew he could

first_img DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY $0.00 Other Not relevant Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Other 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… The League Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… $49.95 × × (657) Bestseller Displayed poorly Ads by Amazon $9.99 Shares Twelve Displayed poorly MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Bestseller Not relevant By Steve GunnLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – There were great expectations for Emilio Pettersen when he came to the Muskegon Lumberjacks last summer.After putting up big offensive numbers in youth hockey, Pettersen was tendered by the Omaha Lancers in the summer of 2016. That means the Lancers thought so much of his talent that they gave up a first-round draft pick to sign him.He proved he was worth it in 2016-17, collecting 10 goals and 17 assists for Omaha as a 16-year-old rookie.So when the Lumberjacks acquired him in an offseason trade, they figured they were getting a guy who would score a lot of goals this winter.“Emilio is a world-class player,” Lumberjacks General Manager John Vanbiesbrouck was quoted as saying in a team press release after the trade. “He is a versatile player who can make a difference at both center and wing. We are excited to add him to our team.”But Pettersen did not stand out over the first two months of the season. He struggled to find the net, and some fans were probably wondering what all the hype was about.They are finding out now.Lumberjacks center Emilio PettersenPettersen has been more than a little hot lately, piling up five goals and three assists in the last five games.His last two games were particularly productive. He had a goal in the Lumberjacks’ 3-0 home victory over Team USA last Friday, then delivered two goals in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over the Chicago Steel.Pettersen now has 7 goals and 11 assists on the season.“It obviously feels really good to start producing more,” said Pettersen, 17, a native of Manglerud, Norway. “It starts with being more comfortable around the team and with the lines and everything, and building some chemistry.“Working on small details in practice has helped me a lot.”Pettersen’s recent hot streak has helped the Lumberjacks finally hit their pace. After a slow start to the season, when they were in and out of last place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference, the Jacks have won 8 of their last 10 games, and have a six-game winning streak, which tied the franchise record for consecutive victories.Despite his slow start, Pettersen said he never felt a lot of external pressure to produce.“I was aware of it,” Pettersen said about the expectations. “But I never felt any pressure from the town or the team, even during the times when things weren’t going so well. Everything is a team effort for me, and that’s all I think of.“Obviously I set high expectations for myself. It was frustrating not being able to do what I wanted to do, but I just stayed focused on doing the right things. I knew it would come.”Emilio Peterson chases a loose puck against Team USA. Photo/Jason GoormanPettersen said the entire team retained its confidence during the bad months, even if that wasn’t obvious to frustrated fans.“I think everyone knew we had the tools to be a really good team,” he said. “I think we kept believing the whole way, and now we’re building off that. Six-game winning streaks don’t come from nothing.“We are playing together now, and we’re really focusing on defense and getting that done first, We always had the tools to do whatever we wanted to do offensively, but we wanted to score and win so badly that we forgot about playing good defense. Now we’re focusing on the D before the offense. It’s huge. Good defense leads to offense, so we’re all bearing down on that.”After performing well last season, Pettersen had every reason to believe he would be back in Omaha this season. Instead he was traded for the first time in his young hockey career, and he admits it stung at first.But now he says he’s very happy to be in Muskegon, playing for a team that’s clearly on the rise.“It was not my choice to leave,” said Pettersen, who will play college hockey at the University of Denver next winter. “They just wanted me out of there. They were trying to rebuild and they didn’t want me to be a part of it. It did (hurt a little) at the time, because you build those relationships. But I knew right away that it’s a part of hockey.“As soon as I heard that Muskegon was one of the options (in the summer trade talks), I was really excited about that. I had heard about the culture here, I knew about the team they had here last year, and I knew about Coach (John) LaFontaine’s reputation. That was a big part of it for me.”Pettersen’s performance should be an inspiration to undersized athletes everywhere. He’s only 5-10 and 170 pounds, which might be viewed as a disadvantage in a sport filled with much bigger players.But he says he’s learned over the years to use his small size to his advantage.“I don’t really think of it as a weakness,” Pettersen said. “I just try to position myself well, and I try to use my speed and agility to get by people. ”New year, new challengesThe new year will be full of challenges for the Lumberjacks.On Friday they will attempt to set a new franchise record for consecutive wins when they visit the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The old record, which they tied on Sunday, dates back to the 2013-14 season.The Jacks celebrate after a goal against Team USA last weekend. Photo/Jason GoormanThe Jacks will also play in Dubuque on Saturday night, then return for home games on Jan. 12 and 13 against the Green Bay Gamblers.If they stay hot, the Lumberjacks have a chance to move up the USHL Eastern Conference standings quickly.‘They are currently 12-11-2 and are tied with Cedar Rapids for fourth place in the conference with 26 points.The two teams immediately ahead of Muskegon in the standings, Dubuque and Youngstown, have 28 points.. The second-place team, Chicago, has 29.So the Jacks are only three points – a win and a tie – out of second place at the moment.Green Bay leads the division with 33 points.New player’s dad won a Cup with the Red WingsThe Lumberjacks have a new Red Wings connection.They recently acquired forward Cam Knuble from the Des Moines Buccaneers for a player to be named later. The 17-year-old was an East Grand Rapids High School student until starting his USHL career this season.He had one goal and one assist in 19 games for Des Moines.Knuble is the son of Mike Knuble, a former member of the Detroit Red Wings who played on the 1998 Stanley Cup championship squad. Mike Knuble had a 16-year NHL career which also included stints with Boston, the New York Rangers, Washington and Philadelphia.He retired in 2013, and has been an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins for the past four seasons.The Lumberjacks started this season with goalie Matt Vernon on the roster. He is the son of former Red Wings goalie Mike Vernon.Matt Vernon was released in October to gain more experience in a lower league. Shop Now Other DEAL OF THE DAY $0.00 (31628) Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (7802) NBC Sports Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive × × Other Thank you! 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Tyson Fury having second thoughts over MMA switch as he claims he’d only do a ‘stand-up’ fight without wrestling

first_imgTYSON FURY has backtracked on his wish to make a sensational switch to MMA.The Gypsy King previously revealed he fancies a scrap in the cage, and even said he would be trained by UFC legend Conor McGregor.Tyson Fury isn’t interested in an MMA rules fight nowCredit: PA:Press AssociationThis was laughed off by The Notorious in the week before he makes his cage return against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas.And now Fury, who fights Deontay Wilder on February 22 in a rematch, has moved to play down the prospect of becoming an MMA fighter.Speaking over dinner with talkSPORT regular and boxing journalist Gareth A Davies, Fury said: “I would fight an MMA fighter, but not in a wrestling match, in a stand-up fight.“We could go into a cage and put cage gloves on. If they wanted to kickbox, but I don’t recommend that with a giant with long legs.“Whatever they wanna do. As long as it’s not grabbing to the floor and all that. I don’t like all that stuff.“It’s not really my thing. “I’m alright with my legs, but it’s not my thing. Punching is my thing. Obviously, you can’t have it your own way all of the time.“But any one of them guys [Miocic, Jones or Ngannou]. When I’m finished with the boxing I’ll have a dust-up with them.”WINNING WWE DEBUTFury has already swapped boxing for another sport – in October he made his WWE debut at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.And it was a successful one too as he defeated Braun Strowman via count out.In November last year Fury claimed to have been in contact with McGregor about swapping the boxing ring for the octagon.But the Irishman was left baffled by his claims.McGregor said: “Tyson keeps saying we have spoken and that I have said that I would train him but I have never spoken to Tyson in my life.“I don’t know why he is saying that but it is not a bad little story so I let it roll. I heard he is coming to my fight at the weekend and he is a good man and a phenomenal boxer.”Tyson Fury wears incredible bespoke suit with images of HIMSELF ahead of Wilder fight Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Funny Moments Of Football Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017center_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwanlast_img read more

Stubbs: There’s a good vibe about St Mirren right now

first_img“When I spoke to the board last week, we sat round the table and I answered questions, asked questions and I felt a good vibe from it,” he said. “It’s obviously a really well-run club.“They’re ambitious in terms of where they want to take the club and they’re very realistic as well.“I felt it was important that in my next job I worked with people that were good and I think they’re very realistic in terms of what their ambitions are.“You probably appreciate that when you’ve had a negative experience like Rotherham. “Before that, I had a fantastic relationship with Leeann and George and the board at Hibs and it’s the one thing I think you appreciate more than anything. I feel as if I could replicate that relationship here.”Stubbs said he felt he was returning to Scottish football when the game was on the up and drawing widespread interest.He credited the profile of coaches as being key to that rise, with Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon and Steve Clarke making an impact and the arrival of Steven Gerrard generating more coverage.“I think the general consensus is that Scottish football hasn’t been talked about the way it is now for a long time, a good number of years,” he said. “You only have to look at broadcasters, the amount of airtime. Steven’s profile has taken it on another level.“Brendan obviously started it a couple of years ago and you have Steve Clarke coming in and doing a great job at Kilmarnock. And you have Neil Lennon going in at Hibs with Craig Levein at Hearts.“You can go through them all and there’s some fantastic coaches in the game now. What that does is it suddenly brings a lot more sponsors to the table that might not have been there before.“When you negotiate the TV deal with BT and Sky you’re talking about it from a completely different point of view now.“There’s a real clamour around the game. There’s a buzz and you embrace that.” New St Mirren manager Alan Stubbs has said he had a positive feeling about St Mirren after initial talks and was taking on a job with potential.Stubbs was appointed as Jack Ross’ successor on Friday and will take charge of the Paisley side as they return to the Premiership.The Liverpudlian has been out of the game since leaving Rotherham in October 2016. His time at the English club was short-lived and he confessed it had been a mistake to take on the role, saying it changed after he arrived and hadn’t been a good fit.As a result, he said he would have to have positive impressions before taking on a job and he had that feeling instantly at St Mirren.last_img read more