Sunday, September 27, 2009

US Women's Hockey

There will be a lot written here about the US Women's hockey team that will be competing in the Olympics in 2010. The team is coached by Badger women's coach Mark Johnson, who took a year hiatus to do so, and also has a eight current and former Badgers on the roster.

Jessie Vetter (2009), Angie Keseley (2009), Erika Lawler (2009), Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej (2008), Molly Engstrom (2005) and Kerry Weiland (2003) will all represent the U.S. as Badger alumna, and two current Badgers, Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan, will red-shirt this college season in order to a part of the US team.

The team is embarking on a 10-game prep tour called the Qwest Tour (schedule here)and they had their first game Friday night against a WCHA All-Star Squad which featured 4 current Badgers - Jasmine Giles, Brooke Ammerman, Brittany Haverstock and Mallory Deluce.

The US team won 6-1 with the help of multiple Badgers. From this article: Defensemen Molly Enstrom and Kerry Weiland each tallied a goal along with Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej while Erika Lawler and Hilary Knight had an assist apiece.

Lastly, make sure you follow the videos and podcasts from various members of the national team here. The Qwest Tour looks to be pretty all-access and you should get some good inside information if you keep up with that site.

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