July 2, 2014
The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we'll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 6) and Freshmen of the Year (July 7-13).
Today we feature women's hockey's NCAA quarterfinal win over Harvard at LaBahn Arena.
2013-14 Year in Review
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey program and Harvard have enjoyed a few memorable meetings in the NCAA tournament over the past decade, and the 2014 NCAA quarterfinal contest was no exception.
The meeting at LaBahn Arena, marked the third time since 2007 that the two have squared off in the NCAA tournament. In the 2007 NCAA quarterfinal at the Kohl Center, the Badgers and Crimson played four overtimes in front of a then-Kohl Center record crowd of 5,125 fans. Jinelle Zaugg lit the lamp at the 127:09 mark of the contest after a pass from Sara Bauer to propel UW to its second Frozen Four. A year later, the two teams met in the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four as UW overpowered Harvard, 4-1.
The 2014 NCAA quarterfinal did not require four overtimes like the meeting in 2007 did, but the game provided a similar level of excitement to the sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena.
The Badgers dominated the first period, outshooting the Crimson 18-7, and were rewarded with a goal late in the period. Brittany Ammerman found Blayre Turnbull on a rush and Turnbull fired the puck past Harvard netminder Emerance Maschmeyer to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead.
Wisconsin found the back of the net in the second to extend its lead to 2-0 as Katy Josephs capitalized on a rebound after Kelly Jaminski's shot from the point was initially saved by Maschmeyer.
Harvard added a goal late in the third, but spectacular goaltending by Alex Rigsby helped Wisconsin hold on for a 2-1 triumph.
Rigsby ended her final home game with 23 saves and earned her 100th career win, the second-most career victories in NCAA history.
Turnbull finished the game with two points, while Ammerman earned her 100th career point to become the 19th player in school history to tally 100 points.
The win punched the Badgers' ticket to the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four, marking the seventh time in school history UW advanced to the round of four.