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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare THUNDERBOLTS LAUNCH 11-IN A ROW ON ROAD BATTLING TO BITTER END AT PT. MALLARDLIGHTNING BOLTS’ SHOTS:The Evansville ThunderBolts continue to attain great improvement with each passing week and each passing game with each of their NA3HL contests becoming more and more intense and competitive. Under the guidance of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the State of Indiana’s only elite junior hockey team has achieved many major quantum leaps over the past month. To both elaborate and enumerate on the ThunderBolts best progressive steps made yet thus far this season, the Evansville contingent has seen two of its last three games; three of its last five games; four of their last eight games and five of their last 11-games determined by a scant single goal margin. Another clear measuring yardstick of the club’s growing and maturing progress has been its ability to earn leads in the most recent games. At one time, this particular accomplishment ostensibly seemed out of its realm to the point of being prohibitive. With the lion’s share of the 2015-16 NA3HL game schedule still straight ahead, there has evolved a true sense of optimism and confidence within the organization that better, more successful days are looming on the next nearest horizon.NEXT ON THE ROAD SHOW:This weekend, the ThunderBolts journey to Peoria, IL where they will rekindle enmities with their Midwest Division rivals, the Peoria Mustangs. The two-games’ series is set for this Saturday afternoon at 3:45 pm with the encore encounter on the date slate for a Sunday matinee affair at 1:15 pm. Both games, as all ThunderBolts games, home and away, are broadcast live on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330. Saturday’s game broadcast commences at 3:15 pm while Sunday’s broadcast begins at 12:45 pm. Though having posted a 4(0-4-0) record against the Peorians, the ‘Bolts have competed kinetically against the rugged, ruffian Mustangs as two of the four duels have resulted in minuscule one-goal margins with two more bouts nearly as razor close. Evansville will arrive on the Peoria scene confronting s Mustangs aggregation nation which is riding the rising rapids of a season’s best 6-game win streak.NA3HL SHOWCASE EVENT:Peaking ahead to the remainder of the ThunderBolts pre-Christmas holiday slate, following their upcoming weekend series in Peoria, the elite junior club will continue its travels for the month of December when they make the long excursion to Blaine, Minnesota for the NA3HL’s Annual Showcase Event, December 16 – 19. Evansville will be facing a rigorous regimen consisting of three games in three days at the neutral site. Thursday, December 17th, the ThunderBolts will lock horns with the Lacrosse Freeze; Friday, December 18th, it will be the ‘Bolts clashing with the Gillette Wild; Saturday, December 19th, the Minnesota Fighting Aces will test with the ThunderBolts. All three games will be broadcast on WVHI-AM 1330. The broadcast times will be 12:30 pm on December 17th; 2:30 pm December 18th and 3:15 pm on December 19th.FICKLE FINGER OF FATE:The past weekend, once again, the ThunderBolts, perhaps, earned a far better fate and destiny in a pair of collisions against inter-divisional adversary Point Mallard. Evansville was not to be intimidated by one of the league’s premiere powers as GM/Coach Fankhouser’s hard-working cast of young juniors forced the high-tech, high-octane “Quack Attack” to perform some masterful and magical third period heroics and histrionics to claim the conquests in two fiercely-competitive and compelling contests. In game one Friday night, the ‘Bolts of Evansville’s finest gained 2-0 and 3-1 leads after the first two periods only to fall prey in the fateful final frame from a ferocious 4-goal flurry fomented by the Ducks in a 5-3 outcome. It marked the initial two times thus far this season that the ThunderBolts had achieved the leads when the period had ended. Saturday night, it almost appeared as if a duplicate script had been scribed as, again, the foreign ice invaders from the heart of Southwestern Indiana gained a 2-1 second stanza advantage only to be overtaken, again, by another 4-goal third period rally in a 6-3 ultimate result.THE NEW YEAR AT HOME:In the midst of a strenuous stretch comprised of 11-consecutive games in the hostile territory of foreign ice, the ThunderBolts will return home to the friendly climes and environs of Evansville’s Swonder Ice Arena in the early New Year of 2016. The ‘Bolts will renew hostilities with the first place St. Louis Jr. Blues, Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th. Both games are set for 7:30 pm opening face-offs. There are 11-home games remaining on the ThunderBolts maiden voyage schedule; 5 of those dates are on Friday nights with the other 6-dates on the docket for Saturday nights.FIRSTS FOR ‘BOLTS:The past weekend at Point Mallard in Decatur, Alabama, the ThunderBolts attained more noteworthy firsts in the overall growth and maturation of the novitiate franchise. On Friday night, for the first time ever, they earned game leads at the end of a period. It was 1-0 for the “good guys” after the first period and later, 2-0 and 3-1 following two periods. That same night also marked the first time ever in which the ThunderBolts had carved-out two-goal leads in a single game. Then on Saturday night, the ‘Bolts seized a 2-1 advantage, eradicating a 1-0 shortfall in the process. In the same game, the local standout, center Zach Faith delivered his first goal of the campaign for his Evansville squadron.FAITH FIRES FIRST:Center Zach Faith has been waiting a long time, ostensibly an eternity to not only return to his team’s lineup but also to make connection on his first-ever goal wearing the ‘Bolts coat of arms. The local product from Newburgh reached the pinnacle of promise on both fronts the past weekend in Alabama. Marked absent for a total of 10-games due to a concussion which he sustained back on October 11th at Peoria, the stellar centerman delivered that first goal Saturday night on a scintillating power play strike after actually recording his first point of the campaign one night earlier on line-mate Billy Bonser’s snipe. Centering the club’s #2 unit with Brandon Rozema and Bonser on his flanks, Faith was the supreme catalyst, sparking his line to the tune of producing one key, crucial goal in each game at Point Mallard. For the weekend: Faith 2(1-1-2); Rozema 2(0-2-2); Bonser 2(1-0-1).AWESOME THEN-SOME 3-SOME:The ThunderBolts highly-touted, vaunted “K – G – B” line of Mike Kelley, Jon Grimm and Brandon Bornkamp continues to flourish in fulminating fashion. Registering 4 of their team’s 6-goals the past weekend at Point Mallard, the awesome and then-some threesome has continued its climb to the apex of point-producing prowess in the NA3HL. For the weekend; Bornkamp 2(1-3-4); Grimm 2(1-3-4); Kelley 2(1-2-3). The tremendous trio are now ranked 1-2-3 in the ThunderBolts individual scoring derby.POWER PLAY PRECISION:At uneven strength through the power play, the ‘Bolts have excelled expertly and enterprisingly. Saturday night, the power plant percolation was fructifying yet one more time. In connecting twice on its initial three advantages, the extra man band was directly responsible for the ‘Bolts capturing of a 2-1 second period lead. The ThunderBolts power play is presently 5 for the last 12; 41.7% and 11 for the last 35; 31.4%. For the entire season, it has surged augustly and majestically to 11th in the league at 17-84; 20.3% proficiency rating.SCORING STREAKS STANDOUTS:Brandon Bornkamp has equaled his and the ‘Bolts longest point-scoring streak of the current season at 6-games; last 6(5-5-10); last 11-games; 11(11-7-18); Jon Grimm last 3-games; 3(3-6-9); last 8(6-8-14); Mike Kelley last 4(2-6-8); last 5(3-6-9); last 9(3-10-13); Triston Theriot last 8(1-7-8). Zach Faith last 2(1-1-2); Brandon Rozema last 2(0-2-2).ARTFUL ARTISANS:The ThunderBolts team leading scoring aces: 1- Brandon Bornkamp 20 (17-12-29); 2- Jon Grimm 20 ( 9-16-25); 3- Mike Kelley 15(5-11-16); 4- Triston Theriot 20(3-10-13); 5- Billy Bonser 17(6-4-10); 6- Brandon Rozema 17(2-3-5) 7- Scott Jacobson 15(2-3-5); 8- Brian Crink 20 ( 1-4-5).HOMEGROWN TEAM:With the recent acquisition of Indianapolis native, defenseman Ben Baker, the ThunderBolts can now boast a roster content comprised of no fewer than 11-homegrown hockey players from the State of Indiana. Those 11-homegrown hockey future stars are: goaltenders Adam Conkling and Bryson Linenburg. Defensemen Ben Baker, Brian Crink, Nick Luke and Triston Theriot. Forwards Brandon Bornkamp, Zach Faith, Jon Grimm, Austin Hayden and Mike Kelley.FEW FUN FAST FACTS FROM “FICThe ThunderBolts are now 6(0-6-0) in 1-goal decisions with 6 of their last 14-games decided in such fashion. ‘Bolts have scored the FG in only 3 of 20-games this season. ‘Bolts outscored in third period over the weekend at Point Mallard, 8-1. Adam Conkling has made 8-straight starts in the ‘Bolts goal, having played all but 20-minutes since October 24th. Conkling leads the league in saves with 631. Five times this season, Conkling has made 54 or more saves in a single game. Brandon Bornkamp is the lone ‘Bolts plus player on the road at +3. The ‘Bolts 38-SOG Saturday night represented their third most in a single game this season. Seven times this season, the ‘Bolts have allowed over 60-SOGA in one game; 3 of those 7 against Point Mallard. Evansville has generated multiple PPG in 4-games this season. ‘Bolts have been outscored, 2-0 in 4-on-4 situations this season. Mike Kelley is currently on the club’s longest assist streak of the season at 4-games; 4(2-6-8).THE THUNDERBOLTS RADIO UPDATE:ThunderBolts fans can stay up to date everyday even when there is not a game. It’s “The ThunderBolts Hockey Update,” Monday through Friday at 5:00 pm on flagship radio home WVHI-AM 1330 and at 2:30 pm on WEOA-AM 1400 and WEOA-FM Magic 98.5.FOOTNOTE: NEXT HOME GAMES: FRI. JAN. 15 & SAT. JAN. 16 VS. ST. LOUIS JR. BLUES / TICKETS ONLY $5 !!!last_img read more

first_img Harvard expert explores what the international community can do When the Cold War ended, the U.S. stood as the world’s pre-eminent power and looked forward to a new age of peace and prosperity. But a foreign policy overly focused on spreading American values dashed that promise, argues Stephen M. Walt in his new book, “The Hell of Good Intentions.”Walt, the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School, says that failures linked to a strategy of “liberal hegemony” championed by Washington’s foreign policy elite have undermined the goal of advancing ideals like democracy and free markets and diminished the nation’s power and influence.The Gazette spoke to Walt about his critique of U.S. foreign policy and his belief that the remedy lies in a more restrained approach.Q&AStephen M. WaltGAZETTE: How do you define “liberal hegemony” and why has it been such a destructive foreign policy approach for the United States?WALT: Liberal hegemony refers to a strategy that seeks to use American power to spread liberal values far and wide, and in a sense try to transform the world in America’s image. So it’s not “liberal” in the sense of being left wing. Rather, it is about spreading the classic liberal ideals of democracy, human rights, rule of law, and markets all over the world. These are wonderful principles that Americans rightly defend. The problem is that trying to spread them around the world doesn’t work very well, as we’ve seen for the past 25 years.First of all, non-democracies are threatened by this strategy and they resist in various ways, and sometimes quite effectively. Second, when we succeed in toppling a dictatorship and then try to create a democracy, it turns out to be an extremely difficult task, as we’ve seen in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other places. So instead of spreading our values, we end up with failed states, insurgencies, and terrorism. Third, this project involved the United States committing itself to protect countries all over the world, which meant we took on more and more security burdens without having more resources to accomplish those aims. This policy allowed allies to get a free ride and in some cases act recklessly under the protection of the United States.Liberal hegemony also involved spreading financial markets rapidly and trying to get more and more countries into our trading order, and rapid globalization just didn’t deliver as promised. We ended up with greater inequality here in the United States, stagnant lower and middle-class incomes, and eventually a major financial crisis.Stephen Walt. Harvard file photoGAZETTE: What is some of the evidence for your argument? And was there a pivotal moment when the mistakes began?WALT: The pivotal moment is really the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the unipolar era. The United States was really on top of the world in the early to mid-1990s, and it was an era of great optimism. Our relations with the major powers were good, including Russia and China. Democracy was spreading in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Markets were expanding. Iraq had been disarmed in the first Gulf War, and Iran had no nuclear enrichment capability. The Oslo peace process had begun. So there was this widespread belief that American ideals were going to spread around the world and that this was going to be relatively easy to do.But if you look at the situation we face today, relationships with Russia and China are quite poor, and those two countries are now cooperating quite closely against us. Democracy is in retreat in many parts of the world and under threat in places like Poland and Hungary. Even worse, American democracy itself is increasingly dysfunctional. India, Pakistan, and North Korea have all tested nuclear weapons in this period. The Oslo peace process was a complete failure and the two-state solution that we favored is further away than ever. And countries like Iran are now on the threshold of being nuclear weapons states if they decide they want to be. So given where we were in the early 1990s and where we are today, it’s pretty clear that American foreign policy didn’t accomplish what we thought it would. We are not solely responsible for all of those negative trends, but our fingerprints are on a lot of them.GAZETTE: Instead of relentlessly seeking to spread American values, what should the nation be doing?WALT: We should be focusing our foreign policy on trying first and foremost to make Americans safer and more prosperous here at home and to defend those core American values here in the United States. We should continue to stand up for these values and encourage other countries to embrace them, but primarily by setting a good example, by showing that these values work well in the United States. In terms of foreign policy I argue for a strategy that is sometimes termed “offshore balancing,” where the United States commits itself militarily only when there are threats to the balance of power in critical strategic regions like Europe, Asia, or the Persian Gulf. If no one is threatening to dominate these areas, the United States can stay “offshore” in terms of its military deployments, while remaining engaged around the world economically and diplomatically. Today, the only serious great power rival to the United States is China, and therefore the United States should focus most of its attention on maintaining a favorable balance of power in Asia so that China does not dominate that region. Offshore balancing is a much more restrained foreign policy than we have been following, but it is not isolationism or disengagement.GAZETTE: Is there a danger that if the U.S. shifts to a more restrained foreign policy, the vacuum would be filled by nations that do not support liberal values?WALT: I think that idea is mistaken. The United States has not been able to dictate politics in many parts of the world, despite repeated and sometimes costly efforts. As powerful as we are, we don’t control the evolution of local politics and political alignments in most of the world. We have some influence, but we have not been able to dictate what happens in the Middle East, we can’t determine the fate of Afghanistan after 17 years of war, we have not been able to steer the politics of a country like Hungary or Poland, which are moving in an illiberal direction. If the world’s most powerful country cannot do that, then other countries are not going to be able to do that either. We can do a lot to shape the balance of power in critical areas, but our ability to mold the politics of these regions and tell other countries how to organize their societies is very limited.GAZETTE: Had the U.S. followed the collapse of the Soviet Union with the policies you advocate, what would the world look like now?WALT: We would not have expanded NATO eastward in an open-ended fashion and our relations with Russia would be substantially better. In fact, over time, we would have slowly drawn down our commitment to Europe and encouraged Europe to take greater responsibility for its own defense. I think if we had done that beginning in the 1990s Europe would be in better shape today. The United States would not have adopted the strategy of dual containment in the Persian Gulf in the 1990s, which required us to keep troops in Saudi Arabia to deter Iran and Iraq simultaneously. Our presence there was one reason Osama bin Laden decided to attack the United States, so Sept. 11 might not have happened. Had we adopted a more even-handed approach during the Oslo process, we might have actually gotten a two-state solution. Needless to say I would not have invaded Iraq in 2003. And a more measured approach to globalization would have made sense as well. I’m not suggesting a different policy would have produced a foreign policy nirvana, but it’s pretty easy to see how a less ambitious and more realistic approach to foreign policy would have left us and much of the world in better shape today.Interview was edited and condensed. The latest violence in the Middle East Netanyahu, in the driver’s seat Israeli election results promise more settlements and warnings on Iran, with scant chance of a Palestinian state, Walt says center_img Peace in our times? Harvard Kennedy School panel explores: ‘Is War on the Way Out?’ Relatedlast_img read more

first_img That hike in the ratings left Dullea will little choice but to take on better company. “He’s been brilliant, without a doubt. He’s stepping up in class now. The handicapper made us go this way so he’ll take his chance,” said the County Cork handler. “We’re hopeful he’ll get the trip. Others in the race are the same, stepping up to three miles, so we’re all in the same boat, but he certainly wasn’t stopping the last day over two-and-a-half. “He stayed the trip at Mallow (Cork) well that day, so we’re hopeful. “He handled the ground well that day. Hopefully he’ll run a big race.” Damut is among five horses declared for a race that has been saved on a few occasions following the cancellation of Cork the last two Sundays and Clonmel’s fixture earlier this week. Top owners Giggingstown House Stud are doubly-represented with the Willie Mullins-trained Gangster and Cogryhill from Gordon Elliott’s stable in the mix. The Mags Mullins-trained Last Encounter, third in the Grade Two Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan last month, and Harry Kelly’s Cheiliuradh complete the quintet. Press Association The seven-year-old has notched up a four-timer in handicaps with two wins at both Cork and Clonmel. Damut was on a mark of 89 when he started his spree and was put up to 131 following his latest 12-length verdict over two and a half miles at Cork a month ago. center_img Trainer Joe Dullea is looking forward to seeing stable star Damut test his powers in Grade Three company as he goes in search of a of a fifth successive victory in the rescheduled Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Saturday.last_img read more