It might have been a hot weekend in Madison, but seven Badgers
spent the weekend on the ice in Calgary, Alberta, as the U.S. U-22 team
faced Canada in a three-game series to cap off the summer.
The U.S. had the upper hand, defeating Canada 2-1 on Thursday, 6-0 on Friday and 3-2 on Sunday.
UW goaltender Alex Rigsby stood out in the series, as she won both
games she started and earned a 6-0 shutout win over Canada in the second
game of the series. Rigsby had a goals-against average of 0.50, a save
percentage of .971 and had a shutout in Team USA's 6-0 win on Saturday
The lone goal that Rigsby gave up in the series came
thanks to Canada's Blayre Turnbull, as the Badgers' captain beat her
former teammate on a 2-on-1 rush to score her first goal as a member of
the national team.
"It was great to get my first goal but it would have been better to get a win," Turnbull said.
freshman Annie Pankowski, a member of last year's U.S. national team,
recorded two assists while appearing on the team's top-line.
the start of the new four-year cycle, we had a fresh start to really
set the tone on how USA Hockey was going to play," Pankowski said. "As a
team, I think we had an awesome weekend and it really showed what an
extremely talented pool of players the United States has."
giving up four goals in the first period to the U.S. in Game 2,
Ann-Renee Desbiens bounced back in the final game, as the UW sophomore
had a shut out until the final few minutes and made several acrobatic
saves to keep Canada in the contest.
Fellow sophomores Sarah
Nurse and Mellissa Channell also suited up Canada during the series.
Nurse played alongside Turnbull on Canada's top forward line, while
Channell looked solid on Canada's blue line.
Emily Clark rounded out the UW quintet on Team Canada, as the freshman appeared on Canada's second line.
Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson attended the series in Calgary, Alberta, and was pleased how his Wisconsin players performed.
all played pretty well," Johnson said. "To me, one of the positives is
the exposure to the training camp and the things that they take away
that can help them in their development. The biggest thing is the
confidence factor, as they made it through camp, through the cuts, and
were able to play in a highly-competitive series.
"It should be a big confidence booster for the kids as they make their way back to Madison and get ready for our season."
it was a great experience," Turnbull said. "I learned a lot from the
coaches and other players that hopefully I will be able to bring back to
school and share with my Badger teammates."