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Fourth national crown caps near-perfect season



March 28, 2011


This Week in Women's Hockey

2010-11 Schedule
Oct. 1 Rensselaer Polytechnic W, 7-0
Oct. 2 Rensselaer Polytechnic W, 6-0
Oct. 8 Bemidji State W, 7-1
Oct. 10 Bemidji State W, 2-0
Oct. 22 No. 10/9 Ohio State W, 6-5 (OT)
Oct. 23 No. 10/9 Ohio State W, 5-2
Oct. 29 Minnesota State W, 3-2
Oct. 30 Minnesota State W, 6-1
Nov. 5 at No. 8 Minnesota L, 7-5
Nov. 6 at No. 8 Minnesota W, 5-0
Nov. 19 at Robert Morris W, 7-1
Nov. 20 at Robert Morris W, 7-1
Nov. 26 No. 4 Minnesota Duluth W, 3-2 (OT)
Nov. 28 No. 4 Minnesota Duluth L, 3-1
Dec. 4 at No. 8 North Dakota W, 4-3
Dec. 5 at No. 8 North Dakota W, 6-2
Dec. 10 at St. Cloud State W, 5-0
Dec. 11 at St. Cloud State W, 6-1
Jan. 1 vs. No. 10 Northeastern W, 7-2
Jan. 2 vs. No. 4/5 Mercyhurst W, 7-4
Jan. 7 at No. 10 Ohio State W, 6-2
Jan. 8 at No. 10 Ohio State W, 5-3
Jan. 14 St. Cloud State W, 10-0
Jan. 16 St. Cloud State W, 6-0
Jan. 21 at No. 6 Minnesota Duluth W, 4-1
Jan. 22 at No. 6 Minnesota Duluth T, 4-4 (OT)
Jan. 28 No. 4/5 Minnesota T, 2-2 (OT)
Jan. 29 No. 4/5 Minnesota W, 3-1
Feb. 4 at Bemidji State W, 7-1
Feb. 5 at Bemidji State W, 3-2 (OT)
Feb. 11 No. 8 North Dakota W, 5-0
Feb. 13 No. 8 North Dakota W, 8-4
Feb. 18 at Minnesota State W, 4-0
Feb. 19 at Minnesota State W, 9-1
Feb. 25 WCHA Playoffs vs. St. Cloud State
W, 9-3
Feb. 26 WCHA Playoffs vs. St. Cloud State W, 5-1
March 4
WCHA Final Face-off Semifinal vs. North Dakota W, 3-0
March 5 WCHA Final Face-off Championship vs. Minnesota W, 5-4 (OT)
March 12 NCAA Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota Duluth W, 2-1
March 18 NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal vs. Boston College W, 3-2
March 20 NCAA Frozen Four Championship - Boston University
W, 4-1
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2010-11 Roster
Kelly Nash
Brittany Haverstock
Stefanie McKeough
Anne Dronen
Meghan Duggan
Geena Prough
Mallory Deluce
10 Brittany Ammerman
11 Derya Kelter
12 Kelly Jaminski
14 Madison Packer
15 Alev Kelter
16 Saige Pacholok
17 Carla Pentimone
18 Brianna Decker
Breann Frykas
20 Brooke Ammerman
21 Lauren Unser
22 Laurel Miller
23 Hilary Knight
27 Carolyne Prevost
28 Natalie Berg FR D
29 Nikki Kaasa RS-SO
Becca Ruegsegger
Alex Rigsby
Complete Roster


2010-11 Season in Review
No. 1 Wisconsin (37-2-2, 24-2-2-2 WCHA) wrapped up a near-perfect season with a 4-1 victory over No. 3 Boston University in the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four national championship game at Tullio Arena in Erie, Pa., on March 20.

Senior forward Meghan Duggan was named the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, honoring the Badger captain as the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. She became Wisconsin's third Patty Kazmaier award winner, joining Sara Bauer (2006) and Jessie Vetter (2009).

The Badgers brought home their fourth national championship after taking home the title in 2009, 2007 and 2006. This year marked Wisconsin's sixth NCAA national tournament appearance and fifth Frozen Four berth.

Wisconsin ended the season on a 27-game unbeaten streak, posting a 25-0-2 record since losing to Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 28, 2010. The Badgers capped the streak with a 14-game winning streak, Jan. 29 through March 20, after tying a pair of games against Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota in mid-January.

The national championship game marked the first meeting between Wisconsin and Boston University in women's hockey history.

Women's Hockey Notes
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  Last time out: 4X NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!
Wisconsin won its fourth national title in six years as the Badgers defeated Boston University, 4-1, at Tullio Arena in front of 3,956 fans, in the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four national championship game on March 20, 2011.

Junior forward Carolyne Prevost led the Badgers (37-2-2) past Boston University (27-7-4) with two goals, including an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining. Freshman Alex Rigsby made 15 saves to finish her rookie season with a record of 27-1-1. The Badgers outshot Boston University 36-16 game, including an 18-4 advantage in the second period.

After a scoreless first period, Wisconsin used goals by Prevost and junior Brooke Ammerman to take a 2-0 in the middle frame. However, BU's Marie-Philip Poulin answered just 24 seconds after Ammerman's goal to make it 2-1. The Badgers added two late goals by Deluce and Prevost (empty-netter) to seal the 4-1 victory.

Badgers set NCAA single-season win record
Wisconsin's 4-1 national championship win over Boston University (March 20) was the Badgers' 37th victory of the season (37-2-2), marking the most wins in a single season in NCAA women's hockey history. The previous mark of 36 wins was achieved three times - Minnesota (36-2-2) in 2005; Wisconsin (36-4-1) in 2006; Wisconsin (36-1-4) in 2007. UW also finished the season with a nation-best .927 winning percentage.

Duggan wins Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
Senior forward Meghan Duggan was named the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, honoring the Badger captain as the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. The USA Hockey Foundation presented the award at a brunch award ceremony at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., March 19.

Duggan became the third Badger to receive the Patty Kazmaier award. Sara Bauer was Wisconsin's first honoree in 2006 and Jessie Vetter took home the award in 2009.

Wisconsin had multiple student-athletes among the top 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier award for the fifth time this season as Hilary Knight was a top 10 finalist for the second time in her career (2009, 2011). Brianna Decker also received attention as a nominee for this year's award. Ten Badgers have been named finalists for the award 12 times.

200+ points duo
Hilary Knight became the third Badger and 16th player in NCAA history to hit 200 career points with her 200th and 201st points coming on a pair of assists against Boston College (March 18). She netted her 100th career goal against Bemidji State (Feb. 4), becoming the first Badger to reach 100 career goals. She finished her junior season with 112 goals and 90 assists for 202 career points.

Earlier this season, Meghan Duggan became the second Badger and 13th NCAA Division I women's hockey player all-time to reach 200 career points when she recorded three points on one goal and two assists against St. Cloud State (Jan. 14). Duggan ended her career as UW's program leader with 238 career points (108 goals, 130 assists).

Prevost goals bookend 2010-11 season
Junior Carolyne Prevost scored Wisconsin's first and last goals of the 2010-11 season. She netted the team's first goal just 15 seconds into the season-opener, a 7-0 win over RPI (Oct. 1). Prevost then buried an empty-net goal with 18 seconds remaining in the Badgers' 4-1 national championship win over Boston University (March 20).

UW ends season on 27-game unbeaten streak
The Badgers' 4-1 win over Boston University (March 20) extended Wisconsin's unbeaten streak to 27 games at 25-0-2. Wisconsin's last loss was a 3-1 decision to Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 28, 2010. The Badgers capped the season with a 14-game winning streak, Jan. 29 to March20, after tying a pair of games against Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota in mid-January.

The current streak is the second-longest unbeaten streak in program history. The program record stands at 32 games (28-0-4), a stretch running from Nov. 25, 2006 to Oct. 14, 2007. The present streak surpassed the Badgers' 2008-09 season-opening 20-game unbeaten streak (18-0-2) as the second-longest all-time.

Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament
This season, the Badgers earned their fourth national championship in their sixth NCAA national tournament appearance and fifth Frozen Four berth. UW was back-to-back national champions in 2006 and 2007 before taking home the crown again in 2009. The Badgers are 14-2-0 in the national tournament for a .875 winning percentage.

WCHA continues NCAA dominance
In the 11 years of NCAA-sponsored tournaments, WCHA members have won all 11 titles as UMD has five, Wisconsin has four and Minnesota two.

Wisconsin was the lone WCHA team in the 2011 Frozen Four, marking the first time since 2005 that the WCHA only had one team among the final four teams. The league has had multiple teams in all but three Frozen Fours (2001, UMD; 2004, Minnesota; 2005, Minnesota).

Three WCHA teams qualified for this year's national tournament; Wisconsin knocked out Minnesota Duluth in the quarterfinals, and Minnesota fell to Boston College. This year marked the first time that multiple Hockey East teams advanced to the Frozen Four (Boston College, Boston University).

Win over Boston College propels UW to title game
Wisconsin broke a 2-2 tie with 48 seconds remaining in regulation as Meghan Duggan powered the Badgers past Boston College, 3-2, in the national semifinal to advance to the NCAA title game. Duggan set up Brianna Decker's nation-leading 12th game-winning goal to finish the game with a three-point performance. The Badger captain scored UW's first goal of the game and assisted the Badgers' other two tallies.

UW tops UMD to advance to Frozen Four
Wisconsin secured its fifth NCAA Women's Frozen Four appearance with a 2-1 win over Minnesota Duluth (March 12). In its second-straight comeback win, Wisconsin scored two unanswered goals after trailing 1-0 after the first period. Meghan Duggan scored her sixth game-winning goal of the season and Hilary Knight led all players with two points. Goaltender Alex Rigsby made 29 saves to improve to 25-1-2 on the season.

UW wins WCHA Final Face-off title
This season, the Badgers won their fourth WCHA postseason title (2011, 2009, 2007 and 2006). Wisconsin rallied to defeat Minnesota, 5-4 in overtime, to take home the league's postseason title. Brianna Decker was named the tournament's most valuable player, and Kelly Nash joined Meghan Duggan and Geena Prough on the all-tournament squad after scoring the championship game-winner in overtime. 

UW hits 30-win mark
Wisconsin's 9-1 win over Minnesota State (Feb. 19) marked the team's 30th win of the year and made 2010-11 UW's fourth 30-win campaign in program history. The Badgers also reached the 30-win mark in 2005-06 (36-4-1), 2006-07 (36-1-4) and 2008-09 (34-2-5). Head coach Mark Johnson's teams have secured at least 20 wins in each of his eight seasons leading the Badgers.

Badgers earn third WCHA regular season title
The Badgers clinched their third WCHA regular season title with a 7-1 win over Bemidji State (Feb. 4). The title marked Wisconsin's first since earning back-to-back crowns in 2006 and 2007. UW clinched the league title with five games remaining in the regular season. Wisconsin accepted the regular season trophy at the Kohl Center after its 8-4 win over North Dakota (Feb. 13).

Home sweet home
Wisconsin finished the year with a 17-1-1 mark at home after opening the season with an eight-game winning streak at the Kohl Center. The Badgers have a 120-23-13 record (.811 winning percentage) all-time at the Kohl Center.

Senior salute
The Badgers' 2010-11 national championship squad included six seniors in Mallory Deluce, Anne Dronen, Meghan Duggan, Kelly Nash, Carla Pentimone and Geena Prough. The group combined for 708 game appearances, 490 points on 194 goals and 296 assists, and a plus-416 plus/minus rating during their UW careers. Wisconsin honored these six skaters in the final home game of the regular season and capped the celebration with an 8-4 win over North Dakota (Feb. 13).

Over their four years at UW, Deluce, Dronen and Nash compiled a .783 winning percentage with a 118-28-13 record from 2008 to 2011. Meanwhile, in Duggan's four years as a Badger (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), the team had a 136-14-14 overall record for a .872 winning percentage. Prough and Pentimone both transferred to Wisconsin, spending two seasons on the Badgers' roster (2010 and 2011). 

Badgers set record-long point streaks
Meghan Duggan recorded a program-record 25-game point streak this season, registering 57 points from Oct. 22, 2010 to Feb. 4, 2011.

Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight both posted 20-game point streaks this season to tie the second-longest streak all-time, a record the two share with Meghan Hunter (Oct. 14, 2000 to Jan. 12, 2001). Decker tallied 38 points (Nov. 6, 2010 to Feb. 4, 2011), and Knight had 48 points in 20 games (Dec. 10, 2010 to Feb. 26, 2011).

Badgers hit century club marks
Brianna Decker became the most recent Badger to join the century club when she recorded her 100th point with a shorthanded goal against North Dakota (March 4). She ended her sophomore season with 107 career points on 49 goals and 58 assists. Decker is the third Badger to reach 100 career points in just two collegiate seasons, joining Hilary Knight (65 goals, 56 assists for 121 points) and Meghan Hunter (65 goals, 58 assists for 123 points).

Meghan Duggan became the first Badger all-time to reach both 100 career assists and 100 career goals when she scored her 100th career goal at Minnesota State (Feb. 19). She became the third Badger to earn 100 career assists when she recorded four against St. Cloud State (Dec. 11). Duggan ended her college career as UW's career leader with 238 points; she ranks second in both career goals (108) and career assists (130).

Two other Badgers hit the 100-career points mark earlier this season as Mallory Deluce and Brooke Ammerman both cracked the milestone. Deluce's 100th point came on an assist against Ohio State (Oct. 23), and Ammerman's came in UW's next game when she earned three points against Minnesota State (Oct. 29). At the end of her junior season, Ammerman ranks ninth all-time with 138 career points, while Deluce concluded her career with 122 points.

Badger fans are nation's best
Wisconsin set an NCAA women's hockey single-game attendance record when 10,668 fans watched the Badgers earn a 3-1 win over Minnesota in the Fill the Bowl game (Jan. 29) at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin's Fill the Bowl crowd of nearly 11,000 fans broke the previous NCAA attendance record of 8,263, which the Badgers set on Feb. 6, 2010 at Camp Randall when they hosted Bemidji State in the outdoor Camp Randall Hockey Classic. The record also bested the Kohl Center women's hockey attendance record of 6,085 fans, set last season against Team USA (Jan. 5, 2010).

Wisconsin led the nation in women's hockey attendance, averaging 1,752 fans per game in 41 games this season. At home, UW also boasted the national lead with 2,767 fans per game.

The WCHA owned the nation's top four attendance leaders this season. Behind UW, Minnesota (1,167 fans per game), North Dakota (1,077) and Minnesota Duluth (1,005) completed the top four teams. St. Cloud State (671) and Bemidji State (529) were seventh and 10th, respectively.

Wisconsin vs. ranked opponents
The Badgers went 19-2-2 against ranked opponents this season. Most recently, Wisconsin topped No. 5/3 Boston University, 4-1, in the national championship. UW was 4-3-1 against ranked opponents in 2009-10.

Duggan ends career as UW points leader
With seven points against Minnesota State (Feb. 18-19), Meghan Duggan became UW's all-time career points leader, surpassing the mark of 218 points held by Sara Bauer. Duggan ended her career with 238 points.

Knight is UW career goals leader
With three goals against OSU (Jan. 7-8), junior Hilary Knight became Wisconsin's career leader for goals. Knight's career total of 91 goals surpassed the previous record of 89 goals held by Jinelle Zaugg, who played at Wisconsin from 2004-08. Knight concluded her junior season with 112 career tallies.

Badgers earn program's 300th win
The Badgers' 7-1 win over Robert Morris (Nov. 19) marked the UW women's hockey program's 300th win. Wisconsin secured its 100th win Feb. 7, 2004 in a 3-0 win over Minnesota State at the Kohl Center, and the program's 200th victory was a 3-2 win at home over Ohio State Feb. 11, 2007.

Badgers are perfect in 2010-11 shootouts
Wisconsin was 2-0 in shootouts this season. The Badgers won their first shootout of the year when UW and Minnesota Duluth tied 2-2 after overtime (Jan. 22). Brooke Ammerman and Hilary Knight scored for the Badgers and Alex Rigsby made one save, as Wisconsin won the shootout, 2-1.

The Badgers earned their second shootout victory with a 3-1 win over Minnesota (Jan. 29) after skating to a 2-2 overtime tie with the Gophers. Brooke Ammerman, Meghan Duggan and Brianna Decker scored for UW, and Rigsby made one save.

The offensively-minded duo of sisters Brooke Ammerman and Brittany Ammerman teamed up on eight goals this season. The pair combined on two goals in four series this season: Bemidji State (Oct. 8-10), Minnesota State (Oct. 29-30), St. Cloud State (Dec. 11) and Mercyhurst (Jan. 2).

Badger quartet earns gold at MLP Cup
Four Badgers won gold with Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team at the 2011 MLP Cup in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland Jan. 4-8. Mallory Deluce, Carolyne Prevost, Brittany Haverstock and Stefanie McKeough represented their native Canada at the six-team tournament, which also featured Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The Badger quartet combined for 13 points on four goals and nine assists. Prevost and Deluce led the way with five points apiece.

Eight Badgers attend USA Hockey training camp
Eight current Badgers participated in the 2010 USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp at the National Sports Center's Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., Dec. 26-31, 2010. The six-day camp served as a tryout and training session for the U.S. Women's National Team. Brittany and Brooke Ammerman, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Kelly Jaminski, Madison Packer and Geena Prough attended the camp.

Four Nations Cup rewind
The Badger trio of Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker helped lead the U.S. Women's Select Team to a second-place finish with a 2-1-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record at the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nov. 9-13. The U.S. won its three games in the opening round-robin competition, but Canada skated to a 3-2 overtime win over the U.S. in the championship game. The all-Badger line of Duggan, Knight and Decker combined for four goals in the tournament, and Duggan totaled three goals and two assists to lead the U.S. with five points in four games.

Program-best season start
The Badgers tied the best start in program history with an eight-game winning streak (8-0-0) before falling 7-5 at Minnesota (Nov. 5). UW also started the 2008-09 campaign at 8-0-0 before tying Minnesota in their ninth game; Wisconsin was unbeaten in its first 21 games at 19-0-2 to start that season.

Badgers in season-openers
With a 7-0 win over RPI on Oct. 1, the Badgers improved to 9-3-0 all-time in season-openers. Nine different Badgers recorded points against the Engineers, including a game-high three assists from Brianna Decker. This year marked Wisconsin's ninth season-opening game at the Kohl Center.

UW's victory over RPI was the program's fifth season-opening shutout win and the third most goals scored by the Badgers in the first game of the year. Wisconsin also posted shutout wins in 2003-04 (2-0 over Vermont), 2006-07 (3-0 over Quinnipiac), 2007-08 (5-0 at Union) and 2008-09 (10-0 over Quinnipiac). The team's seven goals against RPI trailed only the 2008-09 Badgers' 10 goals against Quinnipiac and the 2004-05 squad's eight goals against Wayne State (8-1 win) to start the season.

We're #1!
The Badgers were ranked No. 1 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls for 17 weeks during the 2010-11 season, including 12-straight weeks at the top Jan. 3 through March 21. Wisconsin opened the season ranked No. 5 in both national polls.

Wisconsin first earned the No. 1 national ranking by USCHO.com the week of Oct. 18, marking the first time the Badgers topped the national polls since opening the 2009-10 season as No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll. Wisconsin moved into No. 1 in both polls the week of Oct. 25 and held both top spots for five-straight weeks. After slipping to No. 2 for three weeks, UW moved back into the No. 1 ranking Jan. 3.

Badger captains
Senior Meghan Duggan captained UW this season, assisted by fellow seniors Mallory Deluce and Geena Prough along with junior Hilary Knight. Duggan served as an assistant captain during 2007-08, while the 2010-11 campaign marked the first season for Deluce, Prough and Knight as assistant captains.

Return of the Olympic Badgers
The 2010-11 campaign saw senior Meghan Duggan and junior Hilary Knight return to the ice for the Badgers after missing the 2009-10 season while competing with the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Head coach Mark Johnson also returned from his one-year sabbatical during which he served as head coach of the silver medal 2010 U.S. Olympic team.

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State
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