Badger hockey sweeps Mankato
The women's hockey team earned a road sweep after it defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 4-3 Saturday. Junior defender Carla MacLeod, back from participating in the Four Nations Cup with the Canadian senior women's national team, earned three assists in the win.
Wisconsin (5-3-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association, 9-3-0 overall) led off the scoring early in the game when freshman forward Lindsay Macy notched a goal at 2:48 with assists from freshman forward Heidi Kletzien and MacLeod. Mankato (4-2-0 WCHA, 7-3-0 overall) bounced back quickly with a goal from Autumn Conway on a Maverick power play. Cara Hendry and Amber Sharatt made the assists.
Mankato continued the scoring by putting another tally on the board midway through the first period. Devon Nichols swiped the puck in a face-off and sent it by freshman goaltender Christine Dufour. UW tied the score up at two apiece before heading into the locker room after the first period when freshman defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar had a breakaway with just less than five minutes left in the period.
Wisconsin took the lead midway through the second half when senior forward Meghan Hunter scored on assists from MacLeod and senior forward Karen Rickard. Six minutes later, Wisconsin was back on the scoreboard, this time from freshman forward Meaghan Mikkelson on an assist from MacLeod. The Badgers headed into the third period with a two-point lead.
The Mavericks whittled that lead down to one goal when Melanie Santino scored an unassisted goal midway through the third period. Although MSU-Mankato pulled goalie Shari Vogt with 25 seconds in the game, the Mavericks could not tie the game and push the Badgers into overtime.
Dufour had 23 saves while Vogt had 35.
Wisconsin next faces St. Cloud State Nov. 21-22 at home.
Volleyball continues losing streak with loss to Illinois
Wisconsin found itself in a new situation: in the middle of a losing streak. With a loss to Illinois Saturday night on the road, the Badgers have lost three consecutive games for the first time since 1995. Illinois (13-4 Big Ten, 21-5 overall) defeated the Badgers 30-15, 30-26 and 34-32. The Badgers fall to 10-6 Big Ten and 18-9 overall but remain in fourth place in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin struggled on both sides of the ball, hitting just .112 percent and getting out-killed 50-49 and in digs (68-57). For the Badgers, middle blocker Sheila Shaw had a team-high 10 kills, the only person in double digits. In digs, only senior outside hitter Lisa Zukowski and senior defensive specialist/libero Jill Maier had 12 each, while four Illinois players had digs in double digits.
Although Wisconsin had a solid night in blocking, Illinois still out-blocked them 12-10. Freshman middle blocker Amy Bladow had four blocks in the loss.