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Nurse's Notes: Badgers ready for Frozen Four

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Good Afternoon Everyone!

After traveling up to North Dakota and winning the WCHA Playoff Championship and then beating Boston University in the NCAA Quarterfinals inside a packed LaBahn Arena, your favorite Badgers are back at it tonight in Minnesota of the semifinals of the Frozen Four!

We got in Wednesday night, had a quick practice on Thursday and then attended the Frozen Four banquet where Annie Pankowski took home National Rookie of the Year and Jenny Ryan won the NCAA Elite 89 award. So far it's been a successful few days and we're looking to continue that tonight as we take on the Gophers. You can follow along on Twitter or with the Badgers' Gameday Live Blog

Until Next Time!

- Sarah

Nurse's Notes: Hello from Mankato


First things first, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who met us at Vilas Park a few weeks ago and participated in skate with the Badgers. We hope you had as much fun as we did but after a great two weekends at home, we're on the road again! 

Last weekend, we faced the reigning national champions, the Clarkson Golden Knights for the first time in program history. With a tie on Saturday and a 4-0 win on Sunday, we were able to continue our undefeated out of conference record. 

This weekend we're in Mankato, Minnesota, to face the Minnesota State Mavericks. Games are Friday at 7 and Saturday at 3 and make sure you tune into the live blog and follow @BadgerWHockey on Twitter! 

Until Next Time!

~ Sarah

Nurse's Notes: Ready for the Border Battle


Happy New Year Badger Fans!

We ended off the first part of our season with a series sweep of North Dakota after a couple of big non conference wins at New Hampshire. 

After finishing off the 2014 schedule Jenny Ryan, Annie Pankowski and Karley Sylvester spent a week at USA Hockey's National December Camp in Minnesota while Ann-Renee Desbiens and myself were in Germany with Team Canada participating at the Nations Cup, where we ended up winning gold!

With exams and winter break training behind us we're looking forward to this weekend and taking on the Gophers. It's always fun playing Minnesota and this series is one we've been looking forward to. We face off Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and our game on Saturday is on the BTN, so make sure to watch!

Until next time!

~ Sarah

Nurse's Notes: Thanksgiving in New Hampshire


Happy Thanksgiving Badger Fans!

Last weekend we drove up to St. Cloud, Minnesota for a road series against the Huskies. We were able to come together and grab two wins before heading back to Madison for this week of practices.

Our team has a lot to be thankful for as we're back in action today and Saturday in New Hampshire for some out of conference competition.

We're taking on the Wildcats for the first time in two years and we have a lot of family that has been able to make this trip so everyone's very excited. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend and make sure you check out the Black Friday deals.. I hear women's hockey tickets are only $1 for our series against North Dakota next weekend!

Until next time!

~ Sarah

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Box Score

Team Canada scored twice in the final five minutes to defeat Team USA, 3-2, on Wednesday during the second day of the Four Nations Cup in Kamloops, British Columbia.

 Alex Rigsby stopped 18 shots in a losing effort for the U.S., while Brianna Decker tallied an assist for Team USA.

The U.S. scored early in the first to grab a 1-0 advantage before Canada scored a power-play goal to tie the game up heading into the first intermission. In the second stanza, Decker assisted on Shiann Darkangelo's power-play tally which gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead.

It looked like that lead would hold until Canada scored twice in a 46 second span to take a lead it would never relinquish.

Team USA will face Sweden on Friday at 3 p.m.


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Former Wisconsin star Hilary Knight scored the game-winning goal midway through the first period to lift the United States to a 5-0 win over Finland on the first day of the Four Nations Cup in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Knight lit the lamp with 8:16 left in the first period off a feed from Shiann Darkangelo to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Team USA went on to score two goals in the second and third period to earn the 5-0 triumph.

Brianna Decker and current UW freshman Annie Pankowski both started the game on Team USA's top-line, while former UW goaltender Alex Rigsby dressed but did not see any game action

Two Badgers were also in action for Team Canada, as Canada defeated Sweden, 2-0, in the second game of the tournament. Emily Clark and Blayre Turnbull both saw playing time for Canada.

The U.S. and Canada meet tonight at 9 p.m. (CT) in the Four Nations Cup, and fans can watch the game on Fast Hockey.

Nurse's Notes: Happy Monday!


Happy Monday! 

Last week, men's basketball coach Bo Ryan hosted his annual Make Bo Pay event, raising money for cancer research. Our entire team attended and were able to shoot a free throw and a half court shot. Every free throw made, Coach Ryan donated $10 and every half court shot made, he donated $1000. Many of us made our free throws but Katy Josephs was the big winner and made that $1000 half court shot. 

Josephs' moneyball led us into this past weekend as we traveled up to Bemidji, Minnesota, for a road series with the Beavers. This weekend we were able to come together after a few tough losses and a good week of practice to bounce back and get two wins on the road. 

The weather was beautiful up in Bemidji and as per my promise last week, the best tan hands down goes to our media man AJ Harrison, who spent a good chunk of the weekend by the lake.Thanks to everyone who followed along and tuned into the live blog, talk to you soon!

~ Sarah

Nurse Notes: Getting ready for Bemidji


Hey Badger fans,

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend to watch us play the Gophers, the atmosphere in the LaBahn was incredible! And although not the results we wanted, we're looking forward to this next weekend of hockey as we head out to Bemdji, Minnesota, to play the Beavers. 

We're pretty excited to head up there now because this weekend it's supposed to be about 70 degrees and I hear there's a beach right by our hotel. I'll let you know who comes out with the best tan once the weekends through. 

We play Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 4, so make sure you tune into the live blog or follow along on Twitter with @BadgerWHockey

Until next time! 

~ Sarah

Nurse's Notes: A weekend of firsts!

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Hey Badger fans,

This past weekend was full of firsts for the Badgers. It was our first series at home, Ann Renee Desbiens recorded her first shutout of the season, Maddie Rolfes made her Badger debut, and Baylee Wellhausen and Annie Pankowski both scored their first collegiate goals. And to top that all off we clinched our first home series sweep.

The success started during Thursdays practice when Sydney McKibbon showcased her million dollar hands and won the shootout showdown for the second week in a row. We came off to a strong start on Friday night and continued that momentum through the weekend to play six solid periods of hockey. There was a ton of special teams work and we were able to score on our power plays while stopping all of our oppositions.

This week we're looking to improve and prepare for our border battle against the Gophers this weekend. But first up today is Canadian Thanksgiving, so on behalf of everyone with the UW women's hockey team let me offer a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Canadian friends and family. I hope everyone enjoys their day and their turkey! Until next time!

~ Sarah