After the first period, it was an all-around ugly night for the No. 17 Badgers, as they were swept right out of their own building by the Nittany Lions.
Eight minutes into the second period of Friday night’s game, Penn State dumped the puck into the Badgers’ zone on a seemingly harmless play.
For most of the season, Wisconsin’s game plan has been to suffocate teams with layers of defense and roll out three or even four skilled offensive lines that collectively overwhelm the opposing team’s defenders, wearing them down. Thus, it came as a surprise to senior forward Sarah Nurse when head coach Mark Johnson told her before a game against Minnesota State two weekends ago that she would be joining junior forwards Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark for the game, a move that put the Badgers’ top three scorers on the same line.
In his first three seasons as a Wisconsin Badger, Aidan Cavallini amassed a grand total of zero goals.
For two periods, Bemidji State stuck with No. 1 Wisconsin, matching the Badgers nearly shot-for-shot and giving the country’s top-ranked team its toughest challenge in two months.
All season, the Badgers have prided themselves on their ability to adjust. Whether that comes in the form of changing lines mid-game or dressing different players on the fourth line and on defense, the Badgers have found a way to overcome adversity and often earn wins. In No. 18 Wisconsin’s (8-2-0-0 Big Ten, 15-8-1 overall) sweep of Michigan State (1-7-2-0, 5-16-3) in East Lansing this weekend, the Badgers once again had to adjust in order to earn a tough six points. In the first game of the weekend, Badgers senior defenseman Tim Davison drew a kneeing penalty, but was taken to the locker room and did not return.
Back in 1999 when the Wisconsin women’s team played its first game, few knew what to expect from the program.
Every great team, regardless of the sport, has had that one shortcoming that makes people think “yeah, but...” that they needed to overcome to hit on all cylinders and compete for a title.
In his 25 years as a goaltending coach, Mark Greenhalgh has worked with numerous award-winning goaltenders, including All-Americans Jessie Vetter and Alex Rigsby.
NEW YORK—In a span of just over seven hours, two Badger athletes turned dreams into memories in the city that never sleeps.
NEW YORK—After beating Ohio State Thursday, the Badgers’ not only had an opportunity to play a game in Madison Square Garden, but also had a chance to sweep the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes in the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” The game lived up to its hype: A furious late-game effort by the Buckeyes sent the contest to overtime, where Cameron Hughes scored the golden goal to send the Badgers’ home happy.
Playing for the second time in just 18 hours, Minnesota State returned to LaBahn Arena and with a physical game plan, succeeding at times in keeping Wisconsin in its own zone and limiting scoring opportunities.
In women’s hockey, where body-checking is officially illegal, physical play is still an important part of the game and has a tendency to manifest itself in more dangerous forms, like scrums after the whistle or questionable hits behind the play and away from the attention of the referees. Like in any sport, the interpretation of these acts will differ wildly between coaches, players and officials as to what constitutes a “dirty” or illegal play, and what is allowable.
During the offseason, forward Luke Kunin made waves when he was selected as the first sophomore captain of the Badgers since former head coach Mike Eaves captained UW in the 1975-’76 season.
The Badgers are coming off maybe their most impressive weekend of hockey this season after splitting a home series against No. 6 Minnesota.
Twice during a physical and occasionally chippy game, Wisconsin’s bench watched as one of their teammates was helped off the ice after a hard and questionably legal hit by a North Dakota player.
For the second night in a row, and continuing a theme of the season, the Badgers had a slow start coming out of the locker room in the first period.
With the final seconds of regulation ticking off the clock, Corbin McGuire set up in the slot for a one-timer.