MILAN (AP): Udinese stunned Juventus by winning 1-0 in Turin yesterday, as the Italian champions’ bid for a record-equalling fifth successive league title started with its first loss in 48 Serie A home matches. Juventus dominated but were unable to finish any of their many chances, and Udinese made the host team pay when Cyril Thereau scored 12 minutes from time with one of his side’s few opportunities. The Bianconeri’s last league defeat at the Juventus Stadium was on January 6, 2013, against Sampdoria. “The result leaves a slightly sour taste,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “We need to be more confident in our ability and to not lose heart when we don’t score. The players did everything required of them for 70 minutes, apart from scoring.” It was Stefano Colantuono’s first match in charge of Udinese – although his 200th as coach in the top flight. “Juventus forces you to defend. You have to be good at hitting them on the few sniffs of a chance you get,” Colantuono said. “That’s what we did. It’s not easy winning here … . Our spirit is to fight for every ball and you saw that.” In the evening matches, Fiorentina eased past 10-man AC Milan 2-0, while Sassuolo beat Napoli for the first time in Serie A, coming from behind to win 2-1. Inter Milan snatched a 1-0 win over 10-man Atalanta when on-loan Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic curled a stunning strike into the top right corner in the third minute of stoppage time. Newly promoted Carpi missed a penalty in its first-ever match in Serie A as they lost 5-2 at Sampdoria, which had David Ivan sent off late on. Frosinone was also playing in the top flight for the first time in their history and lost 2-1 at home to Torino, despite taking the lead in the seventh minute through Danilo Soddimo. Elsewhere, Chievo Verona won 3-1 at Empoli, and Palermo beat Genoa 1-0 with a stoppage-time strike from Abdelhamid El Kaoutari.
McLean’s performance earned him the third star of the game honour.Fort St. John will have to wipe Friday’s trip to Peace River from their memory, and focus on their next task, a Saturday evening home game against the NWJHL’s last place team, the Beaverlodge Blades. Tonight’s game at the North Peace Arena begins at 8 p.m. It was a tough start for the Huskies, who spent the first five minutes of the game pinned in their own zone, thanks to a heavy Navigators forecheck. Luckily, Fort St. John starting goaltender Travis McLean was up to the challenge, stopping numerous point blank shots, keeping the Navigators from building a quick lead.As the Navigators attack continued, the home team eventually slipped on past McLean at 7:44, with Brenden Szmata opening the scoring for the Navs.However, roughly after the ten minute mark of the first, the momentum began to shift as the Huskies started to build steam following a few good shifts. The effort paid off, as at 15:02, Kyle Norris scored on a nice shot low blocker from just inside the left face-off circle, beating a very talented North Peace goaltender, Patrick Earle. – Advertisement -The second period began with the game tied at 1-1, but unfortunately, only one of the teams produced any offense for the remainder of the game.The North Peace Navigators scored twice in the second, and four times in the third, to conclude the game with the scoreboard reading 7-1 in favour of the Navs.It was a tough for the Huskies, who entered Peace River with only 13 skaters for the evening game and credit must be given to Huskies netminder Travis McLean, who faced 48 shots Friday, compared to the 21 the Huskies fired at Navigators Patrick Earle.Advertisement