Jared Abbrederis went rock. Joe Schobert went scissors. And that was how the Badgers kicked off their 2016 season. It was perfect football weather in Madison Saturday, and for over 9,000 fans at Camp Randall and many more watching at home, today was also the perfect opportunity to get a first look at next year’s Wisconsin Badger football team, as it hosted its annual Spring Game.
For the third consecutive season, the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (35-3-1) return to the NCAA Women’s Hockey Frozen Four looking to bring a National Championship trophy back to Madison for the first time since 2011. Their semifinal matchup comes against an opponent they are very familiar with.
The season continues on for the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (35-3-1) as they punched their ticket to a third consecutive Frozen Four appearance, defeating Mercyhurst (19-11-5) in the NCAA quarterfinals 6-0. The victory came in front of a sold-out and boisterous crowd at LaBahn Arena, an atmosphere that has become a staple at home this season.
The No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers (32-3-1) are on to the WCHA Final Face-Off in Minneapolis, Minn. this weekend after easily handling Minnesota State in the quarterfinals, defeating the team by a combined score of 10-0 over two games. Head coach Mark Johnson was naturally pleased with his team’s performance last weekend.
It was a momentous Saturday for the No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers (32-3-1), as they defeated Minnesota State (3-29-4) 6-0, earning a series sweep and booking their place at the WCHA Final Face-Off next weekend, along with junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens recording her 18th shutout, breaking the single season NCAA record, all in front of a sold out crowd at LaBahn Arena in Madison.
The No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers (31-3-1) were able to quickly forget their sweep against Minnesota last weekend, as they defeated the Minnesota State Mavericks (3-28-4) Friday night 4-0, winning the opening game in the first-round series of the WCHA playoffs. The last time Wisconsin faced off against Minnesota State was on Senior Day Feb.
The No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (24-1-1 WCHA, 30-1-1 overall) have already clinched the fifth WCHA conference championship in program history, but the regular season isn’t done yet.
The last time the Wisconsin women’s hockey team won the WCHA championship was in 2012, a year before this year’s senior class came to Madison.