Badger Sports Roundup, Oct. 11, second edition

Men's and women's hockey prevail in season openers

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Men's hockey starts season strong

The Badgers showed some resiliency in their opener against Nebraska-Omaha Friday. After giving up a game-tying goal with less than three minutes to play in regulation, senior defenseman Dan Boeser found the net at 7:47 in regulation.

Wisconsin trailed 1-0 after Alex Nikiforuk tallied a goal just 21 seconds into the contest. The Badgers, though, were not trailing long. A.J. Degenhardt's power play goal provided the equalizer just 30 seconds later.

The Badgers took a 2-1 lead on Robbie Earl's third period goal and took a 3-2 lead when Andrew Joudrey notched one midway through the frame.

Wisconsin goaltender Bernd Bruckler had 31 saves.

Wisconsin advances to the title game tomorrow night at 8:05 p.m. against No. 13 Maine. The Black Bears upset No. 1 Minnesota, 4-0, in the first game of the day.


Women's hockey maintains its winning ways.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team earned its first win of the 2003-04 season with a 2-0 shutout of visiting Vermont at the Kohl Center Friday night. Frosh Meaghan Mikkelson scored the first goal of her UW career and junior Nicole Uliasz led Wisconsin in scoring with a goal and an assist.

After a scoreless first and second period, the Badgers had outshot the Cats 61-11, but could not beat Vermont goaltender Kami Cote in the net. Mikkelson, a forward from St. Albert, Alberta, finally broke the scoring drought in the second minute of the final period. Uliasz and Molly Engstrom assisted on the goal.

Wisconsin goaltender Meghan Horras, a UW sophomore, collected just six saves courtesy of a strong Badger defense, while Vermont's Cote recorded a school-record 66 saves in net for the Catamounts.

Wisconsin (1-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) and Vermont (0-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) return to the Kohl Center ice Saturday afternoon, Oct. 11, at 3:05 p.m. prior to the start of the 8 p.m. football game versus Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium.

Lot 91 on the east side of the Kohl Center will be open to the public for one hour prior to the women's hockey face-off and through the end of the game.

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