Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh saw the Badgers earn a 7-1 win over Robert Morris at the RMU Island Sports Center. Junior Brooke Ammerman led the team with a hat trick, and Hilary Knight added two goals.
After Friday night's game, the team encountered a bit of a traffic jam on the way back to its home for the weekend, the Omni William Penn. When it appeared that a detour would force the bus to turn around about four blocks from the hotel, the UW crew opted to walk the short distance back instead of sitting in traffic. Everyone was looking forward to getting back to the hotel to eat dinner and relax.
As everyone stepped off the bus, we looked up and saw fireworks lighting up the night sky over a nearby building. The group joked about what a nice welcome it was for the city to set off fireworks right when we arrived.
The fireworks were actually part of the 50th annual Pittsburgh Light Up Night celebration downtown Friday night; it also included live entertainment, strolling carolers, tree-lighting ceremonies, the unveiling of the holiday window displays and a parade, which the Badgers encountered moments later.
After walking a block or so and dodging a construction site, the group turned a corner to find a huge crowd of people, music blasting from speakers, inflatable bounce-houses for kids and, to top it all off, the parade. The group took a collective deep breath, the team linked arms and we dove right in.
We navigated the crowd with ease, considering the UW group included close to 30 people in total. Everyone laughed at the journey back to the hotel, and as assistant coach Tracey DeKeyser said, "This is like Survivor!"
The group made it back to the hotel without any problems, and the team immediately headed to the Bob and Delores Hope room for their postgame meal. After a relaxing evening of homework, movies and chatter, the team drifted off for a good night's sleep, dreaming of sweeping Robert Morris (and maybe a few Pittsburgh Penguins players).
Saturday morning, the team enjoyed another delicious pregame meal before heading to the rink. We checked out of the hotel with minimal ghost encounters, although athletic trainer Denny Helwig told us that his television had changed channels on its own. It seems safe to say that any hauntings going on at the Omni William Penn are friendly ghosts - or Badger fans at the very least.
Wisconsin earned another 7-1 win over Robert Morris Saturday afternoon to earn the series sweep and improve to 11-1-0 on the season. This time, Knight led UW with a hat trick. The Badgers also scored two short-handed goals for the second-straight night to total four on the weekend. Ammerman added three assists to her three goals from Friday night to lead the team with six points in the series. Read the complete game recap, "Badgers sweep Robert Morris with second-straight 7-1 win," at UWBadgers.com.
After the game, the Badgers headed for the airport. The Badger bus containing the team's luggage headed back to Madison, and after a short flight, the team was back on the ground in Wisconsin. In addition to two victories, the team left Pittsburgh with memories of ghost stories, good food and a great time with the Pittsburgh Penguins. All in all, it was a fantastic trip - one the team will never forget!