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This Week in Women's Hockey

Sept. 26 at Lindenwood W, 5-1
Sept. 27 at Lindenwood W, 6-0
Oct. 3 at Minnesota Duluth* 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Minnesota Duluth* 6 p.m.
Oct. 10 Ohio State* 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 Ohio State* 1 p.m.
Oct. 17 Minnesota* 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 Minnesota* 3 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Bemidji St* 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Bemidji St* 4 p.m.
Oct. 31 at North Dakota* 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 at North Dakota* 3 p.m.
Nov. 13 Minnesota State* 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 Minnesota State* 3 p.m.
Nov. 21 at St. Cloud State* 3 p.m.
Nov. 22 at St. Cloud State* 3 p.m.
Nov. 28 at New Hampshire 6 p.m.
Nov. 29 at New Hampshire 1 p.m.
Dec. 5 North Dakota* 3 p.m.
Dec. 7 North Dakota* 2 p.m.
Jan. 10 at Minnesota* 4 p.m.
Jan. 11 at Minnesota* 2 p.m.
Jan. 16 Bemidji State* 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 Bemidji State* 3 p.m.
Jan. 24 Clarkson 2 p.m.
Jan. 25 Clarkson 12 p.m.
Jan. 30 at Minnesota State* 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 at Minnesota State* 3 p.m.
Feb. 6 Minnesota Duluth* 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 Minnesota Duluth* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 at Ohio State* 5 p.m.
Feb. 14 at Ohio State* TBA
Feb. 20 St. Cloud State* 2 p.m.
Feb. 22 St. Cloud State* 12 p.m.
Feb. 27 WCHA First Round TBA
Feb. 28 WCHA First Round TBA
March 1 WCHA First Round TBA
March 7 WCHA Final Face-Off TBA
March 8 WCHA Final Faceoff TBA
* WCHA Game
^ WCHA First-Round Playoffs
% 2014 WCHA Final Face-Off

# 2014 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
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1 Jorie Walters JR G
2 Mellissa Channell SO D
3 Maddie Rolfes FR D
5 Jenny Ryan SO D
6 Courtney Burke JR D
8 Katilyn Harding JR F
9 Molly Doner JR F
10 Brittany Ammerman RS SR F
11 Sydney McKibbon SO F
12 Katy Josephs SR F
13 Katarina Zgraja SR D
14 Lauren Williams FR D
16 Sarah Nurse SO F
17 Blayre Turnbull SR F
19 Annie Pankowski FR F
20 Mikayla Johnson RS SO F
21 Baylee Wellhausen FR F
23 Kim Drake JR F
24 Karley Sylvester SR F
25 Erika Sowchuk JR F
26 Emily Clark FR F
27 Rachel Jones JR F
30 Ann-Renée Desbiens SO G
32 Megan Miller RS JR G
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After sweeping its season-opening series at Lindenwood, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team travels north to face No. 10 Minnesota Duluth this weekend. Faceoff on Friday and Saturday is set for 6 p.m.

 No. 2 Wisconsin (2-0-0) at
 No. 10 Minnesota Duluth (1-0-1)
Date Friday, October 3 | 6:07 p.m. (CT)
Saturday, October 4 | 6:07 p.m. (CT)
Location Duluth, Minnesota  |  AMSOIL Arena
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Game Notes Wisconsin Get    Acrobat  Reader  |  Minnesota Duluth

Key notes to consider
• The Badgers swept Lindenwood last weekend, defeating the Lady Lions 5-1 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday. The Badgers outshot Lindenwood 102-29 during the two-game series, and their 27 shots in the second period on Saturday were the third-most in program history.

• Karley Sylvester was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after recording six points during last weekend’s series. Sylvester set a career high on Saturday with four points. Her six points are the most in the nation

• Annie Pankowski, the WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year, was named the league’s Rookie of the Week after a four-assist performance against Lindenwood on Saturday. 

• Freshman Annie Pankowski was the WCHA coaches' pick for preseason rookie of the year, while Baylee Wellhausen also collected a vote.

• Mellissa Channell, Emily Clark, Ann-Renee Desbiens, Sarah Nurse and Blayre Turnbull return this weekend to the squad after missing last weekend’s series. The quintet attended Hockey Canada’s National Fall Festival last week in Calgary.

• The Badgers return 86 percent of their scoring from last year, as Brittany Ammerman, Blayre Turnbull, Katy Josephs and Sarah Nurse all recorded double-digit goal seasons last year.

• UW took the series against UMD last year, winning three of the four tilts while tying in the series opener against the Bulldogs.

Last time out: Wisconsin 6, Lindenwood 0 (Sept. 27, 2014)
Six different Badgers lit the lamp, while goaltender Jorie Walters earned her first career win and shutout as the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team defeated Lindenwood, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Lindenwood Ice Arena.

Walters, making her first career regular season start, stopped all 19 shots she faced to pick up the win for the Badgers (2-0-0).

Katy Josephs, Mikayla Johnson, Karley Sylvester, Erika Sowchuk, Sydney McKibbon and Jenny Ryan all found the back of the net against Lindenwood (0-2-0) to help UW complete the sweep of the Lady Lions. Wisconsin outshot Lindenwood, 48-19 and enjoyed a 102-29 shots on goal advantage during the two-game series.

Sylvester also added three assists, while Annie Pankowski chipped in four assists. In all, 10 different Badgers registered points this weekend, while seven different players tallied goals.

In the first period, Josephs scored her third goal of the weekend to give UW a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Badgers tacked on two more goals in the second, as Mikayla Johnson scored halfway through the period before Sylvester tallied a power-play goal. UW’s 27 shots in the second period were the third most in a single period for UW.

The Badgers closed out the game scoring three goals in the final 11 minutes to put the game out of reach. Sowchuk and McKibbon each notched their second goals of the series before Ryan scored with 22 seconds remaining.

UW finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play, while killing both of its own penalties.

Number of the week
- Out of the 71 games that Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth have played, 22 of the games have gone into overtime.

Against Minnesota Duluth
• Wisconsin leads the all-time series against Minnesota Duluth 31-29-11

• In the 71 meetings between the two teams, 22 of the games have gone to overtime.

• The Badgers won three of the four tilts against the Bulldogs last year. After the two teams tied 2-2 in Duluth on Nov. 29, the Badgers took the road series with a 1-0 win on Nov. 30.

• In Madison, the Badgers defeated UMD 3-1 and 2-0 on Jan. 24 and 25.

• Wisconsin has won five of the past six meetings in the series.

About Minnesota Duluth
• UMD features 12 players whose former team is either their country’s national or national U-18 team (Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweeden, Switzerland, U.S).

• The Bulldogs will return senior defenseman Brigette Lacquette from Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival.

• Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Jessica Healey were also selected to the Fall Festival but elected not to attend.

• Minnesota-Duluth had two players with two goals last Friday night against Connecticut in Lara Stalder and Ashleigh Brykaliuk.

Last time against UMD: Wisconsin 2, Minnesota Duluth 0 (Jan. 26, 2013)
Supported by a loud home crowd, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey overcame some physical play and a flurry of penalties to shutout WCHA-rival Minnesota Duluth, 2-0, on Jan. 26, 2014, in an intense conclusion to the weekend’s two-game series

Following a 3-1 win against the Bulldogs on Jan. 25, the Badgers faced a very physical UMD squad in the final game of the series. Both teams saw a wealth of power play opportunities as a combined 12 penalties were called.

But only Wisconsin was able to find success on the power play, as sophomore Erika Sowchuk found the back of the net near the end of the first period. Freshman Sarah Nurse later extended UW’s lead by lighting the lamp with five minutes left in the game to tally her ninth goal of the season.

Senior Alex Rigsby looked strong in the Wisconsin net, making 17 saves to record her fourth shutout of the year and the 27th of her career.

A physical first frame resulted in four penalties called on the Bulldogs and four power play chances for the Badgers. Sowchuk capitalized on UW’s third 5-on-4 advantage late in the period, bouncing a shot off UMD goaltender Kayla Black’s pads and then tipping in the rebound to record her second power play goal of the season.

The Cardinal and White began the second stanza with a 1-0 lead after outshooting UMD 19-5 in the first.

Neither team was able to score during the second, but the period was not without action. UMD went on a five-minute power play midway through the period, but some big stops by the UW defense and numerous impressive saves by Rigsby kept UMD from knotting the score.

With five minutes to go in the contest, Nurse tallied UW’s second goal, as she broke away with the puck, juked a defenseman and sent it over Black’s shoulder, creating the 2-0 advantage the Badgers would close the game with. UW outshot UMD 38-17 overall.

Nationally Speaking in 2013-14

• UW ranks third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing average of 1.14 goals per contest.

• UW sports one of the best power play units in the nation, as UW's 23.4 conversion rate is fourth.

• Wisconsin's penalty kill has been one of the nation's best, as UW's 92.5 penalty kill percentage ranks third.

• The Badgers are also third in the nation in scoring margin, outscoring its opposition by an average of 1.86 goals per contest.

• Wisconsin ranks sixth in scoring offense, averaging 3.00 goals per tilt.

• UW is last in the nation in penalty minutes committed, as the Badgers average 6.2 penalty minutes per contest.

• The Badgers winning percentage of .784 is the third-best in the nation, trailing only Minnesota and Clarkson.

Note of the Week
In her second game as a Badger, freshman Annie Pankowski tallied four assists as the Badgers defeated Lindenwood, 6-0. Her four assists are tied for the most by a UW freshman and ranked tied for third on UW’s all-time list.

Sylvester, Pankowski honored by WCHA
Following a sweep of Lindenwood last weekend, Wisconsin women’s hockey senior Karley Sylvester and freshman Annie Pankowski picked up Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the week honors, the league announced Wednesday.

Sylvester earned her first career WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor, while Pankowski was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week for the first time in her career.

A senior assistant captain, Sylvester had a career weekend during UW’s series at Lindenwood. She tallied two points in UW’s 5-1 win over the Lady Lions on Friday, where she scored UW’s first goal of the season. On Saturday, she had a career-high four points, thanks to a power-play goal in the second period and three assists as the Badgers shut out the Lady Lions, 6-0.

Pankowski, who spent last fall with the U.S. National Team as it prepared for the Olympics, recorded assists on UW’s final four goals in its win over Lindenwood on Saturday. Her four assists tied a school record for the most assists in a single game by a freshman, and tied for third on UW’s record list.

Family Affair
There are many family connections on this season’s Wisconsin women’s hockey team with the UW men’s hockey program:

• Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Mikayla Johnson is the daughter of head coach Mark Johnson, who starred at Wisconsin from 1976-1979. In addition, Mikayla’s brother, Patrick, played for the men’s team  from 2007-11.

• Junior Kim Drake’s brother, Chase, is a senior defenseman on the UW men’s hockey team this season.

• Junior Molly Doner’s father, Lexi Doner, played men’s hockey at Wisconsin from 1980-84 and won two NCAA titles in his four years with the Badgers.

• Junior Megan Miller’s brother, Adam, is also a goaltender for the men’s team, as the duo are the first brother/sister goaltender tandem in school history.

• Freshman Baylee Wellhausen’s uncles, Tony Granato, Don Granato and Robby Granato, all played their college hockey at Wisconsin. Tony and Robby, along with legendary U.S. women’s hockey star Cammi Granato, all wore the No. 21, the same number Baylee will wear at Wisconsin.

Nurse's Notes
Sophomore Sarah Nurse will blog each week for UWBadgers.com as she will give a behind the scenes look of the Wisconsin women's hockey team. In the latest "Nurse's Notes", Katy Harding fills in for Nurse and recaps UW's trip to Lindenwood

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