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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
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After opening the Four Nations Cup with a dominating 10-0 triumph over Sweden last night, the U.S. Women's National Team faces Team Canada tonight at 6 p.m. (CT) in Lake Placid, N.Y.

In yesterday's contest, Meghan Duggan, who was named team captain on Monday, put the U.S. on the board redirecting a shot from the point into the net in the first period. Hilary Knight also added a goal in the third period that put the U.S. up 8-0. Jessie Vetter split time with Molly Schaus in net for the U.S. and combined for an eight-save shutout.

Tonight's game between the U.S. and Canada is the third tilt between the two rivals in the last month, and is the second chance for the American squad to claim a victory on its home soil.

Video is available through FastHockey.com, for a fee, and live stats are available on the USA Hockey site.

Four Nations Cup begins today

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The 2013 Four Nations Cup is underway in Lake Placid, N.Y. as five players with Wisconsin ties will represent the United States during the week-long tournament. 

Meghan Duggan, who won three national titles during her time at Wisconsin, was named captain of the U.S. squad yesterday. Duggan will serve as captain for the Four Nations Cup and during the rest of USA Hockey's Bring on the World Tour as the squad prepares for the 2014 Olympic Winter games in Sochi, Russia. 

Joining Duggan on the U.S. squad is former Wisconsin netminder Jessie Vetter and forwards Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight. In addition, future UW player Annie Pankowski is on the team of 25 players that are vying for one of 21 spots on the U.S. Olympic Team roster, which will be announced on Jan. 1. 

The United States opens the tournament tonight at 6:30 p.m. as the U.S. faces Sweden. Team Canada and Team Finland are also partaking in the tournament.

All contests during the 2013 Four Nations Cup can be watched online at FastHockey.com for a fee. The tournament wraps up on Saturday, Nov. 9. 


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Last week was one for the record books. We were overwhelmed with move out, finals, and packing up to head home for some much anticipated down time before things gear up for training camp to kick off the new season. The summer has flown by for most of us here on the women's hockey team. The semester began back in June, and we were instantly bombarded with materials to be covered between June 17th and August 9th. Most of the team stuck around for the summer, taking classes and hanging out around town in the off time. We had a lot of fun here in Madison and as a group we are excited to head into next season and go to work.

A quick recap of the summer is somewhat impossible, but some of the highlights would be the slue of birthdays we celebrated as a group, a Brewers game (the first for a few including myself and the freshies Jenny Ryan and Sydney McKibbon), a visit to Alpine for the Dave Matthews concert, and when we weren't off doing fun activities such as these, we could often be found laying out on the Kohl Center lawn or soaking up the atmosphere of the Monona terrace.

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Another event that took place was a goodbye party for one of our own, Brianna Decker, who is making her way out to Boston to train for the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. We are so proud of her, and all those representing the Badger family, and cannot wait to watch them on NBC Sports come February. Go get 'em girls!

After completing my final day of class, I loaded up the car, after packing up my apartment, and headed to the airport to fly home to Birmingham, Michigan. My flight was only delayed three hours this time, but I finally made it. After spending my first weekend back at home playing some pick up with my old man, I just finished a six-day boat trip with my family to Mackinac Island, the North Channel, and the Benjamin Islands. It is a family tradition, and I am excited to finish the summer off with the loving family that has been there for me through it all.

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In less than two weeks I will return to Madison to join my teammates, continuing our journey in preparation for next season. This summer has been a blast, and I cannot wait for what the future holds! Until next time, enjoy the last few days of your summers as well, and tune in for the next post! Thanks for reading.

On Wisconsin!

- Madison




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