Aug. 29, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin women’s hockey assistant coach Jackie Friesen recently returned to Madison after helping the Team Canada’s Under-18 National Team to a three-game series victory over the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 squad.
Friesen served as an assistant coach for Canada’s U-18 squad during a week-long camp before a three-game set against the United States at Lake Placid, N.Y.
The camp began on Aug. 11 with 41 Canadian players who participated in drills, condition and were split into two squads for a three-game intrasquad series. The roster was trimmed to 22 players who competed in the series against the U.S.
In the first game between the two rivals on Aug. 22, Canada defeated the U.S., 4-1. After the game was tied 1-1 after one period of play, Canada scored three unanswered goals to secure the victory. Canada clinched the series on Aug. 23 with a 3-2 win as the Canadians jumped out to a 3-0 lead. In the series finale, the U.S. prevailed 3-2 on Aug. 25 to prevent Canada from a series sweep.
“I had an amazing two week experience working with the Canadian U-18 team,” Friesen said. “The Hockey Canada staff were professional and amazing to work with. We threw a lot at the players and they did everything we asked of them. It’s obviously nice to take the series win, but with that comes many areas we need to improve on. All in all, my time representing Canada was a fantastic experience and gave me an opportunity to grow as a coach.”
Friesen, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, was joined on the bench by Minnesota Duluth’s assistant coach Laura Schuler, who served as the Canadian U-18 head coach. Quinnipiac assistant Cassie Turner also served as an assistant coach.
The staff will turn its attention to the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U-18 Women’s World Championship next April.
Friesen is about start her fifth season as a full-time assistant on the Wisconsin bench. During her coaching career, she has helped guide the Badgers to two Frozen Four titles games, winning the championship in 2011. Friesen also served as an undergraduate assistant coach for Wisconsin in 2006, helping coach the squad to its first national championship.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Friesen accumulated 53 goals and 34 assists in her 136 games while skating for UW from 2001-05.