Monday, January 19, 2009

Badger Women sweep North Dakota

(Both photos from TCT. Top: Wisconsin's Hilary Knight (23) readies to shoot for a first-period goal as North Dakota's Kelly Lewis (20) defends at the Kohl Center Friday afternoon. Bottom: Wisconsin's Meghan Duggan (7) scores a first-period goal against North Dakota's goaltender Brittany Kirkham at the Kohl Center Friday afternoon.)

I've only been following women's hockey for a few years, but it seems to me that North Dakota has improved quite a bit over those years. Sure, the Badgers beat them by pretty good margins each afternoon, but compared to previous years the SOG wasn't as lopsided, NoDak's SOG seemed to be of better quality than in the past, and there was actually some play in the Badger's zone. It's nice to see other programs improving.

Friday: Badgers 6 - Sioux 2
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Recaps: uwbadgers, TCT

Hilary Knight is the bomb. I didn't see the game, but she had 2 goals, and I heard her 1st goal was pretty impressive, as she scored while being pulled down. (See top photo!)

And the Prévost-Deluce-Duggan line had a pretty nice game as well. Duggan had 2 goals and 1 assist, Deluce had 1 goal and 2 assists, and Prévost had 1 goal and 1 assist.

Saturday: Badgers 7 - Sioux 2
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Recaps: uwbadgers, TCT

7 different Badgers scored, with the Prévost-Deluce-Duggan accounting for 3 of the goals. We all laughed when the PA announcer said "Both teams, full-strength" at the end of a UND PP during which the Badgers scored 2 SH goals.