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A family affair as Team USA visits Wisconsin


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<b> Jessie Vetter made two saves against her former team. </b>

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Jessie Vetter made two saves against her former team.
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Jan. 5, 2010

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MADISON, Wis. - Five current and former Badgers recorded a point for the U.S. Women's National team as Team USA collected a 9-0 victory over Wisconsin (12-5-3) in front of a school-record crowd of 6,085 fans Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.

It was one of the most exciting atmospheres in UW women's hockey history as head coach Mark Johnson along with current Badgers and UW alums put on a show at the Kohl Center. It was Johnson's first appearance back since Feb. 21, 2009 and leading his Team USA squad were current players Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight along with former Badgers Erika Lawler, Jessie Vetter, Molly Engstrom, Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej and Kerry Weiland.

While Wisconsin hosted the future Olympians, the Badgers played without junior Mallory Deluce (London, Ontario) and sophomore Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ontario) as they are currently competing in Germany at the 2010 MLP Cup for Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team.

Team USA saw its first goal of the game at the 5:03 mark when Kelli Stack blocked a pass attempt by a UW defender and skated the puck to the left side of the crease and put a backhander past UW's Alannah McCready (Blaine, Minn.).

Just over five minutes later, at 10:06, Lawler recorded the secondary assist, after passing the puck to Jocelyne Lamoureux who found Lisa Chesson just outside of the left faceoff circle. At the 12:22 mark, it was UW's Knight who gave USA the 3-0 lead after Jenny Potter centered it to Knight in the slot. Knight, who still has two years of eligibility with the Badgers, put it over McCready.

Redshirt freshman Nikki Kaasa (St. Cloud, Minn.) made her debut in net for the Badgers in the second period while Team USA played with Brianne McLaughlin in the final two periods. Kaasa made 12 saves in the second frame as Team USA only put the puck past her once in her first 19 minutes of action.

At the 4:23 mark Kacey Bellamy took a shot from in front of the blue line and Zaugg-Siergiej tipped it in to make the score 4-0. Duggan recorded the secondary assist.

Team USA's Monique Lamoureux found back-to-back goals within just eight seconds of each other. With 18 seconds left in the second period, M. Lamoureux scored a goal between the left circle and the crease. She solidified a 6-0 lead heading into intermission, finishing on a pass from Knight in the final 6 seconds of the period.

Team USA went on to score three more goals in the final frame as the Badgers played with freshman Becca Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.). Ruegsegger had seven saves and allowed goals from J. Lamoureux, Potter and Lawler.

Team USA's final goal was in true Badger fashion as three UW alums combined for the score. From behind Team USA's red line, Engstrom sent the puck up to Lawler. Lawler passed the puck to Zaugg-Siergiej and Lawler finished the give-and-go to complete the 9-0 score at the 19:23 mark. UW's best chance to score came in the third period when freshman Lauren Unser (West Salem, Wis.) was tripped on a breakaway. She was granted a penalty shot, but McLaughlin came up with the stop.

Kaasa's 12 saves in-net for Wisconsin granted her "Wisconsin Player of the Game" accolades as M. Lamoureux earned the U.S. honor.

Vetter finished with two saves in goal for Team USA and McLaughlin notched seven saves as Team USA outshot the Badgers 38-9. Wisconsin was 0-2 on the power play and Team USA finished 1-for-6 with the man advantage.

After Tuesday night's matchup, Wisconsin is now 1-3 all-time with the U.S. Women's National Team. The only time the Badgers captured the victory was last season in a 3-2 upset when Wisconsin boasted current national team members Knight, Duggan, Lawler and Vetter.

The attendance of 6,083 broke UW's previous-best of 5,337 when the Badgers defeated St. Cloud State, 4-0, on January 26, 2008

Wisconsin hits the road from Jan. 8-9 to face WCHA opponent North Dakota (4-11-3, 3-10-1 WCHA) for the second time in the 2009-10 season at the UP Center in Fargo, N.D.

 

Allison Metcalf

Wisconisin Athletc Communications

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