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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.

Former 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 night.

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.

Incoming freshman Annie Pankowski, a member of last year's U.S. national team, recorded two assists while appearing on the team's top-line.

"With 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."

Despite 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.

"They 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."

"Overall 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."


I hope all are enjoying the sunshine of summer, and excited for the upcoming hockey season. With the off-season winding down and coming to an end, it is time to unveil the next blogger for the Badger women's hockey team. It is my honor to pass the torch to the one and only, witty yet serious, top-shelf seeking phenom, commonly known as Sarah Nurse.

Thank you to all fans and family who followed the blog and helped make it a success, now it is up to Nurse to fill the void...I am a tough act to follow folks so cut her some slack!

Best of luck to the Badgers in this upcoming season, and be sure to follow Sarah Nurse as she records and reports all that takes place on the ice and behind the scenes with the team!

One final time, thanks for reading and On Wisconsin!

- Madison


Thursday night's U.S./Canada U-22 game had a Badger flair, as former UW netminder Alex Rigsby stopped 26 of the 27 shots she faced to help the U.S. to a 2-1 win in Calgary, Alberta.

The lone goal that Rigsby gave up came from current UW senior Blayre Turnbull, who scored on a 2-on-1 rush. The tally marked Turnbull's first goal in a Canadian jersey.

Annie Pankowski assisted on Team USA's first goal as Dana Trivigno lit the lamp to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Shlann Darkangelo added a goal in the second period for the U.S. before Turnbull cut the U.S. lead in half midway through the final period.

Canada's Emerance Maschmeyer took the loss in net as she saved 22 of the 24 shots she faced.

The two teams meet again on Friday in a 4 p.m. (CT) contest that can be seen on FastHockey.com.

It's still camping season for the Badgers, as eight members of the Wisconsin women's hockey team are participating at U.S. and Canadian camps as the two countries prepare to meet in a three-game series later this month.

Canadians Mellissa Channell, Emily Clark, Ann-Renee Desbiens, Sarah Nurse and Blayre Turnbull have been in Calgary, Alberta, for a few days now at Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp. The quintet is among a group of 42 athletes competing for 22 spots on the team that will face the U.S. U-22 team on Aug. 21-24.

In the first intrasquad scrimmage, Nurse tallied the game-winning goal to give Team Yellow a 3-1 win over Team Blue. Nurse's goal game early in the second period as she beat Team Blue netminder Ali Binnington from the top of the circle.

Clark assisted on Team Blue's lone goal, which came five minutes into the second period.

Desbiens made 14 saves while allowing only one goal in 28 minutes, 31 seconds played. Her save percentage of .933 was second among the four goaltenders that suited up in the game.

The two teams will meet on Friday and Saturday before the camp ends on Sunday.

In Lake Placid, New York, Badgers Courtney Burke and Annie Pankowski, along with former UW netminder Alex Rigsby, arrived at the Olympic Center for the 2014 U.S. Women's National Festival. The event features 69 players and staff, and will be used to select the U.S. U-18 team and the U-22 team that will face Canada.

During the first day of camp, the players conducted on-and off-ice strength and conditioning tests and met with Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA hockey.

After morning practices on Wednesday, Team Blue, which features Burke and Pankowski, will face Team White in the afternoon. Rigsby and the rest of the invited goaltenders will rotate between the two teams.
Nurse doubled the lead 47 seconds after the puck dropped to start the second period, gathering in the puck off a won face-off by Heffernan and beating Binnington from the top of the circle. - See more at: http://stats.hockeycanada.ca/game/show/7942920?subseason=170662&referrer=1290442&referrer=1290442#sthash.zdi3bSsA.dpuf
Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp. - See more at: http://stats.hockeycanada.ca/game/show/7942920?subseason=170662&referrer=1290442&referrer=1290442#sthash.7qyea8ke.dpuf
Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp. - See more at: http://stats.hockeycanada.ca/game/show/7942920?subseason=170662&referrer=1290442&referrer=1290442#sthash.7qyea8ke.dpuf
Badger men's golf coach Michael Burcin contributed this blog from his duties as caddy for UW senior Jack Watson who is participating Aug. 11-17 in the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Atlanta

U.S. Amateur Scoring

ATLANTA, Ga. --  I am writing after three days of delayed baggage, delayed parents, lots of rain, and one hard golf course. Jack Watson's week started with a practice round on Saturday with rental clubs where we decided on wedges and a putter on the back nine. The regular flex shafts were not ideal for Jack or the 7,500-yards of Atlantic Athletic Club. 

Sunday meant another wet golf course and a reintroduction to his own clubs as they arrived late Saturday night. It only took this one bag 30 hours to get from the ticket desk to the destination...Flying is fun! 

Today, we began the US Amateur and Jack was one of 312 of the best amateurs on the planet. The AM is a interesting mix of young kids, successful college players, guys wrapping up their amateur careers and looking ahead to pro golf, and mid-ams that are trying to find lightning in a bottle and take down the younger guys who now dominate the majors of amateur golf. 

We played the Highlands Course at AAC, which hosted the 2011 PGA Championship. With almost every par 4 being 450-510 yards, it is one of the most demanding tests of tournament golf I have seen.  

I was walking this morning gaining a huge appreciation for what a tour player does to that type of setup. It was even more remarkable to see the course record scorecard of Steve Stricker on the walls of AAC. A 63 on the same route we walked this morning is a unbelievable round of golf!

Jack was certainly disappointed with his result today, but it was a great learning experience and I know he is motivated to come back strong tomorrow. We are set for 1:30 p.m. ET tomorrow off the alternate course, Riverside, which is very good, but not quite as demanding. Let's hope for a dry pattern of weather between now and tomorrow afternoon and a few shorter par 4s.  

Coach Burcin


Badger men's golf coach Michael Burcin contributed this blog from his duties as caddy for UW senior Jack Watson who is participating Aug. 11-17 in the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Atlanta

I begin the US Am week blog from 35k feet on my way to Atlanta, while also thinking about former Badger Ryan Helminen who, with a solid round today, can make the cut at the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Also adding to the success of our alums is Craig Brischke who competed in the US Senior Open a few weeks ago. It is fitting that there are such exciting things going on these last few days of summer as we prepare for another campaign of Badger Men's Golf.  

The last two months were highlighted by strong summer play throughout the roster....and coaching staff! Sophomore Ben Skogen competed in the US Pub Links earlier this summer, Thomas O'Bryan finished these last few weeks with an under par stroke average for the summer. Assistant coach Robbie Ziegler finished second at the WI State Amateur,  and Jack Watson played well nationally as well!  

The Wisconsin State Open still awaits in two weeks and we look for good showings there as well. The aforementioned Jack Watson has one more small event left...hence, on to Atlanta!

Atlanta Athletic Club awaits Jack as the US Am week begins on Monday. The USGA does a terrific job of having prime facilities on the championship schedule and this coming week will be no different. Atlanta Athletic Club most recently hosted the 2011 PGA Championship in which young Americans Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner battled until Bradley took home his first major championship. AAC has been the host for 10 previous premier events of which there have been several PGA Championships, Ryder Cups, US Open, US Jrs., a US Women's Open, and a World Cup. Atlanta is a tradition rich golf town with the roots of Bobby Jones being there, so venues are a plenty in this part of the country.

A few years ago the NCAA made a rule adjustment allowing coaching staffs to caddy for each player once a calendar year in a national championship or major championship. This is where my small role in the week begins. I look forward to a week of heat and humidity and the opportunity to watch Jack cap off his successful summer. 

After filling yardage books with numbers, lines, and club choices on Saturday and Sunday, I am excited about a long week of watching, while "keeping up and shutting up" .....always a good suggestion for good caddies. It is an honor to be asked to carry a bag in the prestigious event and even more fulfilling to loop for one of our own Badgers. I think its a sign of where our program is going and the type of players we are getting here and are on their way to being successful Badgers.

The US Am is a terrific celebration of amateur golf.  ts a week filled with parents, coaches, equipment representatives, giants of our industry, and players reflecting on the recent summer of amateur golf while anxiously awaiting to see who can clinch the title and a trip to the Masters. I will do my best to offer some insight from inside the ropes of the most sought after amateur golf title in the world.  When you are enjoying the 80 degree days in Madison from the Union Terrace, think of Jack and I as we sweat through another golf shirt, and enjoy a wonderful walk around Atlanta Athletic Club.

Coach Burcin 



Andersen's answer: You're on scholarship

Walk-ons have been a backbone of the Wisconsin football program since Barry Alvarez put an emphasis on the program when he arrived in Madison in 1990. Since then, 76 players that walked onto the team at UW have gone on to be awarded scholarships. Well, make it 77. 

Head coach Gary Andersen added another member to that list Sunday as the Badgers gathered for a team meeting on the eve of their first practice sessions of Fall Camp 2014. At the end of a trivia game -- bucket hats were the prize for correct answers -- Andersen posed a question to sophomore long snapper Connor Udelhoven: How many walk-ons have earned a scholarship under the current coaching staff's watch?

Udelhoven missed the multiple-choice question (the correct answer is eight, well, now nine) but that had no bearing on Andersen's decision to add him to the ranks of the players on scholarship.

One for the defense, one for the offense


- Photos: Morning Practice  |  Afternoon Practice

The Badgers split up and went their separate ways again Tuesday for the second day of practices inside Camp Randall Stadium, with one group teeing it up at 6:20 a.m. and the other taking its turn at 1 p.m.

As was the case Monday, the 16-period practices were shorter than what the team would usually face in the first week of camp, but the split-squad approach actually allowed players to take part in more reps than normal. Both sessions followed the same script, with the offense and defense squaring off in a third-down pass skeleton competition to close out practice.

The defense won bragging rights -- and the right to watch the offense be subjected to a little extra running -- in the morning practice, with CB Sojourn Shelton's breakup of a Tanner McEvoy pass intended for WR Robert Wheelwright among the highlights. It was a different story in the afternoon, with the offense getting the last laugh thanks to a couple of connections between QB Joel Stave and WR Reggie Love during the first team's reps and a nice catch and run by freshman RB Taiwan Deal on a pass from QB Bart Houston to cap the No. 2 unit's turn.

The Badgers' starting QB contenders, McEvoy and Stave, switched spots on Day 2 after Stave got the morning call and McEvoy took the afternoon shift on Monday.

Wednesday brings another set of split-squad workouts but marks the team's first practices in "Badger Gear," a limited set of pads. The full pads come out Friday, something head coach Gary Andersen is anxiously awaiting if his post-practice tweet is any indication.

Happy new year: Badgers open fall camp

Photos: Morning Practice  |  Afternoon Practice

The month-long march to a much-anticipated season opener began Monday for the Wisconsin football team, which took the field at Camp Randall Stadium in shifts for the first practices of the 2014 season.

The 14th-ranked Badgers opened fall camp -- and, in essence, their preparation for No. 13 LSU -- with a pair of split-squad sessions aimed at maximizing the number of reps for each player. The divided approach will continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before the Badgers strap on full pads for the first time on Friday.

The morning session's 6:20 a.m. start time meant football under the lights for the first group of players, who drilled for 16 periods with a number of their teammates who were slotted into the afternoon session on hand as spectators. "If they think that they can gain something out of a practice, then they can come in and watch it," UW head coach Gary Andersen said of the non-participating players. "If I was fighting for a spot, pretty good chance I'd be sitting in those stands."

"I like the schedule," he added. "I think it's great. The reps were fantastic."

One highlight came from freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone, who went 5-for-5 on field goal tries to open the practice, including an on-the-money boot from 49 yards that had plenty of yardage to spare. "You're going to make me comment on a kicker after one day?" Andersen quipped when he was asked about Gaglianone's performance after the day's second practice.

"He hit them all and he was very confident," Andersen said. "He said, 'Don't worry, coach, I'll make them all.' It was good. I like it. It's better than saying, 'Coach, I plan on missing three today.'"

Also drawing strong reviews was freshman wide receiver George Rushing, whose exploits in the morning session included a one-handed catch he made despite losing a shoe while running his route, and afternoon participant Taiwan Deal, who Andersen is hopeful can take the role of No. 3 tailback behind junior Melvin Gordon and sophomore Corey Clement.

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