Capitals' Carlson selected to U.S. Olympic hockey roster

January 02, 2014|Sports Digest

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Capitals' Carlson selected to U.S. Olympic roster

The Washington Capitals' John Carlson was one of eight defensemen named Wednesday to the 2014 U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Sochi, Russia, in February. Carlson has led Washington in ice time and handled the toughest matchups the NHL has to offer every night through the first three months of the season. For Capitals coach Adam Oates, who has been lobbying for Carlson's inclusion since the summer, it was a no-brainer. "He's one of the best defenseman in the league," Oates said. "He plays a lot of minutes, plays physical, he's got an unlimited tank. He plays every situation, can do anything you ask of him." This is the first time Carlson, 23, has been named to an Olympic roster. He last represented the United States in the 2010 World Junior Championships, when he scored the overtime winner in the gold-medal game. In the four years since that international appearance, Carlson has established himself as perhaps Washington's top defenseman. As injuries befell Mike Green and the Capitals leaned on Carlson in recent years, he took an increased role in stride. This season he's averaging a career high 24 minutes 41 seconds of ice time per night, a team high by more than a minute, and has shown consistency in his play on a game-to-game basis. "This is the biggest year in terms of [consistency]," Carlson said. "I've always played a decent amount and against top players but I feel like a little more onus is upon me now and I like it. I think I've done a good job, but I know I can certainly get better, too."

Katie Carrera, The Washington Post

Women's college basketball: Visiting Mount St. Mary's (5-7) matched Boston College (9-5) point-for-point in the first half but fell behind in the second and lost, 81-67, on Wednesday. Sydney Henderson had 16 points for the Mount, which was tied at 37 at halftime.

Men's college basketball: Cameron Cook (Calvert Hall) scored 18 points and Hood (7-3) won its fourth straight, 71-56, over Eastern (4-5) at the Adidas D3 Holiday Slam in Miami. Hood shot 50 percent from the field in the first half to take a 45-28 lead at the break.

Women's college soccer: Muhlenberg junior Krissy Fioretti (Notre Dame Prep) was named to the Centennial Conference academic honor roll.

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