Sunday, January 4, 2009

International Badgers: Sunday update

Cody Goloubef and Team Canada defeated Russia 6-5 in the semifinals yesterday. Goloubef was held off the scoresheet.

hockeycanada: recap/box
iihf: recap
bleacherreport: Jordan Eberle the hero, Does it get any better than this?, Canada and Sweden go to the finals
tsn: recap

I'm having difficulty today with the IIHF website, so I can't find the IIHF box score, which has a bit more info than the box score at the end of the hockeycanada recap. So if any enterprising readers find it, please post it in the comments or send me an email at

Goloubef is currently 2nd among all skaters in the tourney (behind CAN defenseman PK Subban) with a +/- of +9. Nice work, Cody!

Canada will take on Sweden in the gold medal game Monday at 6:30 CST. (Russia will play Slovakia at 2:30 CST for the bronze.)

And in case you forgot, Ryan McDonagh and Team USA play the Czech Republic at 6:30 CST tonight for 5th place.

World U17
Team USA lost 6-5 to Canada Pacific in their semifinal matchup. Forward Michael Mersch had 1 goal, and defenseman Frankie Simonelli had 1 assist.

They'll play Canada West for the bronze this afternoon at 2 PM CST. (Canada Pacific will play Ontario for the gold at 7 PM CST.)

US Select Team
The US Women's Select team was winless this weekend, losing 3-2 to the Badger Women on Friday and 4-2 to the Madison Capitols AAA boys team on Saturday. The US Select Team is comprised of post-collegiate players who are participating in the Blaine Residency, including Badgers Kerry Weiland, Molly Engstrom, and Jinelle Zaugg. Zaugg recently joined the residency after completing her studies at the UW in December. Weiland played limited minutes of Friday but didn't dress on Saturday, as she's recovering from an injury. It's worth noting that the Select Team typically plays with a pretty short bench -- 9 forwards (including Zaugg who just joined the team) and 5 defenseman (including Weiland who's been injured). Two players were added to the roster for this weekend only to bring the total to 16 skaters.

The Badger Women are the first WCHA team to defeat the Select Team, which was previously 6-0-0 against WCHA oppenents with wins over Bemidji, Minnesota, UND, SCSU, Mankato, and Ohio State.

Both games were a lot of fun to watch, as the competition was excellent. The attendance at Friday's game was pretty good, but the attendance at Saturday's game was disappointing (although not surprising given the lack of promotion). I believe that the US team will be back next year to play the Badger Women again!

Women's MLP Cup
In their first game of the MLP Cup on Friday, Team Canada defeated Finland 3-0. Badgers Mallory Deluce and Brittany Haverstock were held off the scoresheet. They play Russia today at 9 AM CST. The semifinals take place on Monday, with the medal games on Tuesday.

Women's World U18s
Just a reminder that the Women's U18s start on Monday in Dussen, Germany. Mark Johnson is head coach of Team USA. Team USA also includes future Badger Brianna Decker and potential future badger Brittany Ammerman. Team Canada includes future Badgers Breann Frykas and Saige Pacholuk.

On Monday, CAN faces SUI at 9:30 AM CST and USA faces RUS at 12:30 PM CST.