Feb. 25, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – It was Team Canada who pulled off the 2-0 victory to claim the gold medal, but Wisconsin fans can be proud regardless.
Head coach Mark Johnson led Team USA to silver after the Americans settled for bronze in 2006. While two former Badgers earned gold over their former coach.
“Our entire community is enormously proud of Mark and all of our current and former Badgers on Team USA and Team Canada,” says UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin. “It’s great to be able to turn on the TV and see our students and alumni excelling at the Winter Olympics. Despite the loss for Team USA, it is a ‘great day for hockey’ and our program.”
Watch as the current Badgers gathered to watch the goal medal game
Seven Badgers earned an Olympic medal for the first time, with only two former Badgers repeating as Olympians. Carla MacLeod is now a two-time gold medalist while Molly Engstrom can add a silver medal with her bronze from 2006.
Meaghan Mikkelson picked up her first gold medal while Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Erika Lawler Jessie Vetter, Kerry Weiland and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej will all take home the silver in their Olympic debut.
"On behalf of our athletic department, I want to congratulate Mark and the former and current Badgers playing for Team USA and Team Canada,” said Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez. “They have been a source of pride these last two weeks both with their play on the ice and how they have represented their countries and the university. I’m very excited for Team USA and Mark in particular. An Olympic silver medal is a tremendous achievement, one that only a select few get to experience in their lives. Congratulations from the entire Badger family."
Vetter made 27 saves in the loss, while Duggan had five shots on goal. Knight and Engstrom each had a shot on net while Lawler also picked up one.
Mikkelson finished with two shots on goal and the defensemen recorded a plus-one for the game while on ice for Canada’s second goal.
Johnson will return back to Madison to coach Wisconsin for the 2010-11 season. Knight and Duggan will also return in 2010 for their junior and senior seasons, respectively.