Sunday, November 14, 2010

McCabe, Kerdiles Help USA To Four Nation Titles

It's been a tough season so far for 2011 Wisconsin recruit Jake McCabe (pictured). Upon returning to Ann Arbor earlier this fall the Eau Claire native learned that he had a stress fracture in his L-5 vertebra which is in the lower back. 8-12 weeks of rest and rehab were in store for the young defenseman.

McCabe was able to return for a warm up USHL game last weekend and made the trip to Sweden with his U18 teammates for the Four Nations Cup. McCabe must be feeling better. He chipped in a goal against Switzerland on Saturday and this morning Team USA beat Sweden 5-4 in a shootout to win their second consecutive Four Nations Cup at the U18 level.

The United States U17 experienced similar success this weekend. Thanks to Badger forward recruit Nic Kerdiles, who is looking like one of the premier players in the country for the 2012, the USA U17 squad was also able to capture gold in a 6-1 route of Russia. Kerdiles was great all tournament recording three goals and an assist in four games. The California native showed great consistency, recording a point in every game.

The United States women who were playing for the Womens Four Nations cup this weekend weren't as fortunate. Team Canada got the best of them in the championship game, winning 3-2 in overtime. Badger senior forward Meghan Duggan finished the tournament leading USA in scoring with five points. Former Badger Meaghan Mikkelson scored the game tying goal for team Canada and assisted on the game winner in overtime.

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