Nov. 15, 2010
• Four Nations Central | Game 3 Recap | Championship Recap
ST. JOHN’S N.L. – The U.S. Women’s Select Team, which included the all-Badger line of senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) and sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), finished second with a 2-1-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record at last week’s Four Nations Cup.
Team USA advanced to the championship game after closing out round-robin play with a 4-0 win over Sweden last Friday. Former Badger Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) earned the shutout with 20 saves for the U.S.
The UW line of Knight, Decker and Duggan combined for its fourth goal of the tournament against Sweden, as Knight netted the game-winner off assists from both of her linemates just 3:20 into the game. The U.S. outshot Sweden, 42-20, and former Badger Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.) closed out the scoring with an empty-netter at 19:06 to account for the 4-0 final score.
In the championship game, Canada avenged its earlier loss to the U.S. after Knight scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to propel Team USA to a 3-2 win in the opening round.
Former Badger Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert, Alberta) scored the game-tying goal for Canada after the U.S. held a 2-1 lead late in the second period of the championship game. She then assisted the game-winning power-play goal in overtime as Cornell’s Rebecca Johnston tallied her second goal of the game at the 6:25 mark to give Canada the 3-2 victory.
Duggan totaled three goals and two assists for five points in the tournament to lead the U.S. in scoring. Decker ended with four points on one goal and three assists, while Knight had two goals and one assist.
The trio is back in action with the Badgers this weekend when Wisconsin travels to Pittsburgh for a nonconference series at Robert Morris (2-9-0). Puck drop is set for 2 p.m. (CT) Friday and Saturday at the RMU Island Sports Center.