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This Week in Women's Hockey

Schedule
Sept. 26 at Lindenwood W, 5-1
Sept. 27 at Lindenwood W, 6-0
Oct. 3 at No. 10 Minnesota Duluth* W, 4-1
Oct. 4 at No. 10 Minnesota Duluth* W, 6-2
Oct. 10 Ohio State* W, 6-0
Oct. 12 Ohio State* W, 3-0
Oct. 17 No. 2 Minnesota* L, 4-1
Oct. 18 No. 2 Minnesota* L, 2-1 (OT)
Oct. 24 at Bemidji St* W, 2-1
Oct. 25 at Bemidji St* W, 4-3
Oct. 31 at No. 10 North Dakota* T, 3-3
Nov. 1 at No. 10 North Dakota* W, 3-2
Nov. 13 Minnesota State* W, 8-2
Nov. 14 Minnesota State* W, 8-0
Nov. 21 at St. Cloud State* W, 4-0
Nov. 22 at St. Cloud State* W, 3-0
Nov. 28 at New Hampshire W, 5-0
Nov. 29 at New Hampshire W, 5-0
Dec. 5 North Dakota* W, 2-1 (OT)
Dec. 7 North Dakota* W, 2-0
Jan. 10 at No. 2 Minnesota* L, 4-1
Jan. 11 at No. 2 Minnesota* T, 1-1
Jan. 16 Bemidji State* L, 2-1
Jan. 17 Bemidji State* W, 2-1 (OT)
Jan. 24 No. 7 Clarkson T, 1-1
Jan. 25 No. 7 Clarkson W, 4-0
Jan. 30 at Minnesota State* W, 3-0
Jan. 31 at Minnesota State* W, 5-1
Feb. 6 No. 7 Minnesota Duluth* T, 0-0
Feb. 7 No. 7 Minnesota Duluth* W, 5-0
Feb. 13 at Ohio State* W, 2-0
Feb. 14 at Ohio State* L, 4-3
Feb. 20 St. Cloud State* L, 2-1
Feb. 22 St. Cloud State* W, 5-0
Feb. 27 St. Cloud State^ W, 5-1
Feb. 28 St. Cloud State^ W, 4-1
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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Roster
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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The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team, after earning a sweep of St. Cloud State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, will head to Grand Forks, North Dakota for the 2015 WCHA Final Faceoff, held at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Badgers meet tournament host North Dakota in a 5:07 p.m. semifinal game. The winner of the UW/UND semifinal will face the winner of the other semifinal, featuring Minnesota and Bemidji State, on Sunday at 1:07 p.m.

No. 3 Wisconsin (26-6-4) vs. No. 8 North Dakota (22-11-1)
Date Saturday, March 7 | 7:07 p.m.
Location Grand Forks, North Dakota | Ralph Engelstad Arena
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Key notes to consider
• The Badgers advanced to their fifth-straight WCHA Final Faceoff, and will meet North Dakota for a third-straight year. UW has lost the last two tilts against UND in the playoffs, dropping a 2-1 game in 2013 before losing a 1-0 contest in 2014.

• The Badgers are 35-14 all-time in the WCHA playoffs, and hold a 5-2 record against North Dakota in postseason play.

• Wisconsin's defense has been stellar this year, as it ranks second nationally holding opponents to an average of 1.11 goals per game.

• The Badgers offense, which ranks fifth nationally, has been balanced, as four players rank in the top-30 nationally in scoring. Freshman Annie Pankowski ranks 16th (1.11 ppg), Blayre Turnbull ranks 21st (1.03 ppg), Karley Sylvester ranks 24th (1.00) and Brittany Ammerman ranks 25th (1.00 ppg)

• The Badgers lead the nation in shots on goal, averaging 42.08 shots on goal per game. Wisconsin also ranks third nationally in shots against, holding opponents to an average of 19.14 shots on goal per contest.

• Wisconsin has won four WCHA tournament titles, winning conference championships in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Number of the week
39-
Freshman Annie Pankowski leads the Badgers in points this season with 37 points off 18 goals and 21 assists. Her 37 points are the ninth most in program history among freshmen.

Against North Dakota
• Wisconsin leads the all-time series with North Dakota, 42-6-3, but the series has been closer as of late, as UW has a 8-4-2 advantage in the last 14 meetings between the two squads.

• Wisconsin went 3-0-1 against North Dakota this season, but all four games were close, as the Badgers tallied a trio of one-goal triumphs against UND.

• Wisconsin and UND tied, 3-3, in the first game of their series in Grand Forks this year thanks to a late Brittany Ammerman goal before earning a 3-2 triumph in the series finale.

• The road series finale win was impressive as UW was without Blayre Turnbull, Annie Pankowski, Emily Clark as the trio were with their countries at the Four Nations Cup, while senior Karley Sylvester missed the finale due to an injury.

• In Madison, Sarah Nurse scored in overtime to give UW a 2-1 win on Dec. 6 before the Badgers blanked UND, 2-0, on Dec. 8.

• In nine games against North Dakota, sophomore Sarah Nurse has four goals against UND.

• UW has outscored UND 205-67 in their previous 51 contests.

• UW leads the postseason series with UND, 5-2, but North Dakota has claimed victories in the semifinal round of the past two WCHA Final Faceoffs against Wisconsin.

Last time out: Wisconsin 4, St. Cloud State 1
Four different Badgers lit the lamp as the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated St. Cloud State, 4-1, on Saturday night to advance to the WCHA Final Faceoff in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Wisconsin (26-6-4) swept its WCHA first round playoff matchup with St. Cloud State (8-28-1) after defeating the Huskies 5-1 on Friday night.

Sophomore Mikayla Johnson and freshman Emily Clark scored in the first for the Badgers, while seniors Katy Josephs and Blayre Turnbull added goals in the third period.

"I think we played really well," Josephs said. "There were a couple shifts where we could've stepped up and worked a little harder. We still have improvement to do, but I really think that we came out strong and did what we needed to do today."

"It's nice to get back to the Final Faceoff again this season," Turnbull said. "After winning in two games this year, not three. So that's a bonus for us, we don't have to play again tomorrow. We're all looking forward to heading up to North Dakota later this week."

The Badgers got on the board early as Johnson tallied her third of the season, knocking a shot past SCSU netminder Julie Friend to give UW a 1-0 lead.

With time winding down in the first period, Clark accelerated through the St. Cloud State zone and notched her 11th goal of the season with 2.4 seconds to go in the period. Wisconsin ended the first frame outshooting St. Cloud State 18-2.

"We have talked about it prior to last night's game and after last night's game," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "The same message was talked about today as we got ready for tonight's game. If you can come out and establish something in the first eight or 10 minutes, create some opportunities and maybe get a goal or two, it sends a message to the other team that you want to win the hockey game."

"We get really energized when we have the lead," Turnbull said. "I think it's helpful for our team when we jump out quick and have a really good start."

After a scoreless second, Josephs tallied her second of the weekend and 10th of the season, stealing a SCSU pass and launching a rocket into the top of the net.

St. Cloud State snuck the puck past UW netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens with nine minutes left in the game, but Turnbull helped UW retake a three-goal lead with a blast past Friend a minute after the Huskies' goal. It marked Turnbull's seventh goal in the past seven games.

"I think I've just been working on my shot a lot in practice and trying to get that accuracy right," Turnbull said. "Luckily, it's been coming on my stick and I've been able to get it off quickly, but I owe a lot of that to my line mates. They've been getting me the puck and they've been seeing me wide open in the slot a lot of times. It's nice to play with people who feed me the puck."

Killing It
Wisconsin has been spectacular on the penalty kill, as UW has killed 103 of its 107 opponent's power plays for a conversion rate of .963, the nation's best mark.

Mercyhurst ranks second in the country in penalty killing with a .934 rate, almost three hundredths of a point below UW's.

The all-time NCAA penalty kill record belongs to Harvard, as the Crimson allowed only five power play goals in 117 opportunities for a conversion rate of .957 during the 2003-04 season.

Wisconsin's school record is .933, as UW let in 13 power play goals in 194 chances during the 2008-09 season.

Fire away
The Badgers have outshot their opponents in all but three games this season.

In their 36 games this season, the Badgers have had 40 or more shots in 23 of those games.

The Badgers lead the nation in shots on goal, averaging 42.08 shots on goal per game.

UW peppered St. Cloud State last weekend, outshooting the Huskies 103-29

In addition, the Badgers rank third nationally in shots against, holding opponents to an average of 19.14 per contest.

Note of the Week

Senior captain Blayre Turnbull has 93 career points, the 20th most in program history. Turnbull needs only seven more points to become the 19th member of the century point club at Wisconsin.

Home, sweet home
At LaBahn Arena, the Badgers are tough to beat, as UW is 42-10-3 (.805) at the new barn.

The Badgers have outscored their opponents 165-59 at LaBahn Arena, and have posted 17 shutouts.

At home this season, the Badgers are 12-4-2 and have outscored in opponents 59-17 in home contests.

Badgers bring home league hardware
Twelve Badgers were honored by the league on Wednesday when it announced its season awards, including UW freshman standout Annie Pankowski, who was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year, and senior captain Blayre Turnbull, who was an All-WCHA First-Team selection. „

Pankowski, the league’s preseason rookie of the year, lived up to the voters’ expectations, tallying 39 points in her freshman campaign on 18 goals and 21 assists. She was also named to the All-WCHA Second-Team and the WCHA All-Rookie team. Pankowski is second in the country in points per game among rookies at 1.11, which ranks 16th among all players. Pankowski’s 39 points this season are the eighth-most by a UW freshman in program history. „

A Laguna Hills, California, native, Pankowski became the third Badger to earn the league’s rookie of the year, joining Sara Bauer, who received the award in 2004, and Meghan Duggan, who earned the award in 2007. „

Turnbull was named to the All-WCHA First Team thanks to her 15 goals, the second-most on the team, and 18 assists. The Stellarton, Nova Scotia, native also is tied for the team lead with four power-play tallies. Turnbull was a third-team representative following the 2013-14 season when she put up 40 points on 18 goals and 22 assists during her junior season. Turnbull has 95 career points, and is five points away from becoming the 20th player in program history to tally 100 points while donning the Cardinal and White. „

Joining Pankowski on the All-WCHA Second Team is fifth-year senior Brittany Ammerman. A 2015 Hockey Humanitarian Award finalist, Ammerman has scored 13 goals on the year to go with 23 assists, second most on the team. The River Vale, New Jersey, native ranks 12th in Wisconsin program history with 137 points in her career. „

Senior forward Karley Sylvester, junior defenseman Courtney Burke and sophomore goaltender AnnRenee Desbiens each earned spots on the All-WCHA Third Team this season. „

Pankowski was joined on the WCHA All-Rookie team by linemate Emily Clark, who has 11 goals and 14 assists in her first season in Madison. „

In addition, senior Katy Josephs and sophomore Jenny Ryan were named WCHA Scholar-Athletes by the league. „

To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution. „

Seven Badgers also earned spots on the WCHA All-Academic team, including Ammerman, Desbiens, Kim Drake, Josephs, Sydney McKibbon, Sarah Nurse and Ryan. „

To qualify for the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters. 

Ammerman a finalist for Hockey Humanitarian Award
Wisconsin women's hockey senior forward Brittany Ammerman was announced Friday as one of the five finalists for the 2015 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.

The award is presented each year to college hockey's finest citizen, which is characterized by a student-athlete who makes contributions to both his or her team and the community as a whole through volunteerism.

This year's winner will be recognized on Friday, April 10 at the men's Frozen Four in Boston.

Ammerman is the first Wisconsin women's player to be a finalist for the prestigious award, as three Wisconsin men's hockey players have been finalists.

Two-time men's hockey captain Erik Raygor won the award in 1998 for his volunteer work with the Special Olympics, community DARE programs, YMCA and emergency response training programs. Dan Boeser and Andrew Joudrey were finalists in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

Ammerman helped to form the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League in Kenya, which organizes games between teams from seven small villages.

After purchasing a soccer ball to pass the time and interact with villagers during a trip to Kenya as a part of the Nikumbuke Health by Motorbike program (HbM) in the summer of 2013, members of the tribe, primarily the older women, showed interest in putting together a soccer team.

Ammerman began raising money to purchase jerseys for two villages, Jirani and Mpakani, through an online t-shirt fundraiser, and the league's first game was played on June 14, 2014.

The fifth-year biology/pre-med and women's studies major teamed up with former U.S. Women's national soccer team star Julie Foudy in an effort to raise money for more jerseys, soccer balls and other equipment. Ammerman plans on returning to Kenya this spring.

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