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A look back at Wisconsin Women's Hockey in 2010

The 2010 calendar year was an exciting one for Wisconsin women's hockey. The team saw its ups and downs while sharing countless memorable moments. Relive some of the Badgers' most significant moments from the past year as UWBadgers.com retraces women's hockey in 2010.

Jan. 5, 2010
Wisconsin started off 2010 by hosting Team USA in an exhibition game at the Kohl Center. Seven current and former Badgers skated for the U.S. Women's National team and five recorded points as Team USA earned a 9-0 victory over Wisconsin in front of a school-record crowd of 6,085 fans.

Read more: A family affair as Team USA visits Wisconsin 

Feb. 6, 2010
Wisconsin defeated Bemidji State, 6-1, in the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic, the second-ever women's hockey outdoor showdown. The game was played in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 8,263 fans. Kelly Nash led the Badgers with four points.

Read more: Badgers freeze Beavers in 6-1 outdoor victory 

Feb. 25, 2010
The greatest moment in all of women's hockey for the 2010 year came on Feb. 25, when the United States and Canada faced-off in the gold-medal game of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Team USA fell to Canada, 2-0, to earn its second silver medal. Head coach Mark Johnson led Team USA to silver, while two former Badgers earned gold over their former coach. In total, nine current and former Badgers earned Olympic medals.

Read more: Nine Badgers pick up silver and gold 

Feb. 26-27, 2010
Back on the ice in Madison, the Badger squad mirrored Team USA's heartbreak when it fell to Ohio State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Wisconsin dropped back-to-back overtime games to the Buckeyes and saw its 2009-10 season cut short of a sixth-straight NCAA tournament appearance.

Read more: Badgers' season ends in heartbreaker

April 19, 2010
As part of Team USA's post-Olympic Games tour, Meghan Duggan threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays MLB game at Fenway Park. Team USA also returned to The Ellen Show to visit with Ellen DeGeneres and went to Washington, D.C., to visit the White House and President Barack Obama.

Read more: Duggan throws opening pitch at Fenway 

April 21, 2010
At their annual end-of-the-year banquet, the Badgers celebrated their four 2010 seniors: Jasmine Giles, Kyla Sanders, Alannah McCready and Emily Kranz. Brooke Ammerman was named the team's offensive player of the year, and Stefanie McKeough received the defensive player of the year award.

Read more: Ammerman, McKeough take top honors at women's hockey banquet

May 27-June 2, 2010
The Badgers' Canadian quintet of Mallory Deluce, Carolyne Prevost, Brittany Haverstock, Stefanie McKeough and Saige Pacholok took part in Hockey Canada's national women's program summer strength and conditioning camp at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Read more: Five Badgers participate in Hockey Canada strength and conditioning camp

Aug. 13-21, 2010
Current and former Badgers took part in the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., including Meghan Duggan and former Badgers Jessie Vetter, Molly Engstrom, Erika Lawler and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej. In addition, Hilary Knight, Brooke Ammerman and Brianna Decker represented the U.S. while Stefanie McKeough and Brittany Haverstock skated for Canada in the 2010 Women's Under-22 Series.

Read more: Badgers active on international ice 

Sept. 2, 2010
The team named its captains for the 2010-11 season, selecting senior Meghan Duggan as the team captain and naming fellow seniors Mallory Deluce and Geena Prough along with junior Hilary Knight as assistant captains.

Read more: Badgers name 2010-11 captains

Sept. 22, 2010
The start of the 2010-11 season saw Wisconsin earn 43 points and two first place votes to finish second overall in the WCHA preseason poll. Hilary Knight was chosen by the WCHA coaches as the league's preseason player of the year, and Alex Rigsby, Madison Packer and Brittany Ammerman all received votes for the WCHA preseason rookie of the year award.

Read more: Badgers picked second in WCHA preseason poll 

Oct. 18, 2010
Wisconsin earned its first No. 1 national ranking of 2010 when it topped the USCHO.com for the week of Oct. 18. The Badgers opened the season ranked No. 5 by both USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.

Read more: Badgers earn No. 1 national ranking 

Nov. 15, 2010
Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight led the U.S. to a second-place finish with a 2-1-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record at the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup in St. John's N.L. Duggan totaled three goals and two assists for five points in the tournament to lead the U.S. in scoring. Decker ended with four points on one goal and three assists, while Knight had two goals and one assist.

Read more: Badgers help Team USA to second place at Four Nations Cup

Nov. 17, 2010
A new era of Wisconsin women's hockey became official when the Wisconsin State Building Commission gave final approval to a multi-level, hockey and swimming competition and training facility to be constructed adjacent to the Kohl Center on the UW-Madison campus. La Bahn Arena will be named after Charles (UW-Madison '49) and Mary Ann La Bahn, the lead donors for the project.

Read more: La Bahn Arena receives final approval 

Nov. 19-20, 2010
The Badgers traveled to Pittsburgh for a non-conference series at Robert Morris. In addition to posting identical 7-1 victories over the Colonials to earn the sweep, the Badgers attended the Pittsburgh Penguins' morning skate at the Consol Energy Center.

Read more: On the road in Pittsburgh part one and On the road in Pittsburgh part two

Nov. 24, 2010
Head coach Mark Johnson announced the newest additions to the Wisconsin women's hockey family with the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 season.

Read more: UW women's hockey inks four for 2011-12 campaign

The Badgers close the 2010 calendar year riding a four-game winning streak. Overall, Wisconsin was 22-12-0 in 2010, made up of a 6-10-0 mark in the second half of the 2009-10 season and a 16-2-0 record in the first half of the current season. The team is poised to continue its success in 2011. Happy New Year from Wisconsin women's hockey!