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Nurse's Notes: Thanksgiving in New Hampshire

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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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U.S. Box Score  |  Canada Box Score

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!

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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. 

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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

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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

Nurse's Notes: Ready to play at home

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Good Morning!

If you want my opinion Thursdays are so underrated. How could you possibly not love a Thursday, especially if that said Thursday happens to be the day before our home opener.. Now if that doesn't excite you then I don't know what will!

Although our season officially started two weeks ago in Lindenwood, there's no place like home and we've been buzzing all week in preparation for our games this weekend. We've been putting in work on the ice and in the gym everyday this week so I asked forward Erica Sowchuk to talk about our preparation.

"Practices having been going great," Sowchuk said. "Each week we step on the ice we are looking better than the week before, which is exactly what we want. Having the momentum from our sweep last weekend should give us an edge when we face off against Ohio State!"

I also talked with senior forward Katy Josephs, who's appeared in her fair share of home openers.

"I'm feeling really good about tomorrow night," Josephs said. "We had a great week of practice as a team and everyone has really been putting in extra work and effort for when the puck drops on Friday. I'm so excited to be back playing at home infront of our own fans and experience the energy of LaBahn again! It should be a great weekend."

It's been a great week thus far over here on our end and we're looking forward to keeping the success rolling and ending off the week with a few wins. See you all this weekend!

~ Sarah


Nurse's Notes: Happy Monday Badger Fans!

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Happy Monday Badger Fans!

This weekend we traveled up to Minnesota Duluth to play the No. 10 Bulldogs. After our long bus ride we went straight to business and started practice. As per road trip traditions, we finished off practice with a shootout competition. Sydney McKibbon made it look easy (sorry goalies!) as she dangled and sniped and then celebrated as she came out this weekend's shootout winner (watch it here). As per road trip tradition #2, she got to pick who would be serenading the team and staff at pre-game meal on Friday. Lauren Williams turned out to be the chosen one and gave an impressive, tear-jerking performance of "Drops of Jupiter."
 
Keeping up with great traditions, as I mentioned last week, it's an absolutely amazing feeling to put on the Wisconsin jersey. Last weekend in Duluth, freshman Emily Clark got to experience it for the first time.

"Going into my first weekend of games as a Badger I felt nothing but excitement," Clark said. "I couldn't wait to be able to wear the 'W' with all my teammates. I was very anxious to put the jersey on for the first time. Once I had it on it was hard not to smile"

After a hard fought battle and a great team effort on Friday night we were able to keep the momentum going into Saturday's game and sweep the Bulldogs in their own arena and take six points home. We had stellar performances across the board as Ann-Renee held up between the pipes, our defense didn't let anyone by them and every forward line was firing shift after shift.

The two wins bring us to 4-0 on the season which feels great as we look forward to this weekend when we have our home opener against Ohio State. It's been an incredibly long seven months since the LaBahn was packed and I can't wait until Friday night because I have no doubt it'll be bumping in there. After all, we have the best fans in the nation! Until next time!

~ Sarah


Nurse's Notes: On the road again

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Hey Everyone!

Last week I was in Canada with four of my teammates at the Hockey Canada National Women's Fall Team Festival. We were split up onto three teams and we played a few games and had a few practices over the course of the week. We were playing with quite a few Olympians from the 2014 Winter Olympics which was a lot of fun and an incredible experience. However, I'm so excited to be back. 

This week has been pretty successful coming off our series sweep in Lindenwood. We had a lot of players put up multi-point games and Jorie Walters recorded her first career shutout. We had Karley Sylvester claim WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Annie Pankowski winning WCHA Rookie of the Week award. We had a very productive week of practices and workouts, setting up systems and getting into the flow of things now that we have a full roster.

This weekend were headed to Minnesota Duluth for our first round of conference games. We're on the road right now and will practice at their rink tonight. Then tomorrow and  it's finally gameday! There's no feeling like rocking the "W" on your chest. I can't wait to put that jersey on and start my sophomore season! Talk to you soon!

~ Sarah

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