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Women's hockey shuts out Gophers; volleyball sweep; Calhoun, men's hockey honored; men's hockey announces recruits

Women's hockey: Badgers shut out No. 4 Gophers

For just the second time in school history, the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team shut out fourth-ranked Minnesota 2-0 Friday night in Minneapolis.

Wisconsin (10-1-0 overall, 8-1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) scored the game-winner in the first period, as freshman forward Angie Keseley took a pass from freshman forward Erika Lawler and slid it under Minnesota netminder Brittony Chartier. The Badgers' second goal came on a power play in the second period, as senior forward and captain Sharon Cole took advantage of a Minnesota interference penalty with help from junior forward Meaghan Mikkelson and junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar.

Chartier finished with 17 saves for Minnesota (9-4-0, 4-3-0), while Badger senior goalie Meghan Horras stopped 20 pucks.

Volleyball: Badgers sweep Wolverines

The No. 15 Wisconsin volleyball team swept Michigan, winning 30-27, 30-14 and 30-27 Friday at the UW-Madison Field House.

Wisconsin (20-6, overall, 12-5 Big Ten) fell to Michigan (13-13, 7-10) 3-2 Oct. 22 but senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto led the Badgers over the Wolverines with a match-high 15 kills Friday night to retain second place in the conference.

Wisconsin hit .322 as junior middle blocker Maria Carlini and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke contributed nine kills each. Sophomore setter Jackie Simpson dished out a match-high 40 assists and contributed four blocks. The Badgers held Michigan to a .160 hitting percentage and totaled 11 team blocks, including a match-high six from senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw. Sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack recorded a match-high 16 digs and Carlini chipped in 10.

Wisconsin hosts Michigan State Saturday in the Field House, the last regular-season home game for Meierotto and Shaw.

Football: Calhoun a Doak Walker semifinalist

Wisconsin junior tailback Brian Calhoun is one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the country's best running back. The SMU Athletic Forum announced the semifinalists Friday.

Calhoun leads the nation with a school-record 22 touchdowns, including 20 rushing touchdowns. He recently became the second player in conference history to rack up at least 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a season. Calhoun has 1,274 and 556, respectively.

Among Big Ten running backs, Minnesota's Laurence Maroney and Iowa's Albert Young also made the list.

The finalists will be announced Nov. 23. Fans can visit http://sports.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/listranker?id=388 to vote for Calhoun.

Men's hockey: Badgers ink five

Five men's hockey players have signed letters of intent to join the Badgers beginning in the 2006-07 season, Wisconsin men's hockey head coach Mike Eaves announced Friday.

Forwards Zach Bearson (Naperville, Ill.), Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) and John Mitchell (Menasha, Wis.), and defensemen Jamie McBain (Faribault, Minn.) and Nigel Williams (Montgomery, Ill.), all have signed letters of intent during the early signing period.

Bearson (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) comes to the Badgers as a power forward from the United States Hockey League's Waterloo Black Hawks, where he helped his former team to its first championship in the 2003-04 season. Current Badgers sophomore Joe Pavelski was also a member of that team.

He scored seven goals and 11 assists in 53 games that season, adding four goals and an assist in nine playoff games. He had 18 goals and 18 assists in the 2005-06 season and has three goals and two assists in 12 games this season. He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL draft. He competed on the U.S. Under-17 team that won a gold medal at the Five Nations Tournament in 2002.

"Zach Bearson is a prototype power forward, plays with great heart and zest and understands the game," said Eaves. "He will be a very effective player and will round out our team in terms of bringing that heart to our game."

Mitchell (6-5, 190), who graduated from Neenah High School in Neenah, Wis., has skated with the USHL's Indiana Ice and Green Bay Gamblers this season. He put up eight goals and six assists for the Gamblers and the Tri-City Storm in his 54 games in the 2004-05 season.

"John Mitchell comes to us from Wisconsin," Eaves said. "He is a very intriguing young man. He is very tall, has good hands and good feet. He just hasn't had a lot of big-time hockey experiences yet. He is going to come here and see where his development will take him. His upside could be something special."

Geoffrion (6-2, 195) comes from the U.S. National Team Development Program. He is currently with the U.S. Under-18 National Team, where he has two goals and six assists in 11 games; he had nine goals and 18 assists in the U.S. Under-17 team last year. He also skated at the Culver Academy prior to playing for the USNDTP team.

Geoffrion's father, Danny Geoffrion, skated with the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets. His grandfather and great-grandfather also played hockey; his great-grandfather is a three-time Stanley Cup winner whose No. 7 is retired by the Canadiens.

"Blake comes from great hockey lineage," Eaves said. "He just loves to play the game. He will go to the net hard, do a lot of the hard things and as time goes on has the ability to make big plays at big times in games."

McBain (6-2, 190) also comes from the USNDTP, where he has a goal and three assists in 12 games this year. He competed in the 2004 Four Nations Tournament, where he was named outstanding defenseman. He previously skated for Shattuck-St. Mary's, where he had 33 points in 73 games with a team that went 63-3-7.

"Jamie McBain is a young man who will bring an offensive presence to our blue line," Eaves said. "He is very calm with the puck, makes good reads and will be a valuable asset for our program in the offensive aspect of our game."

Williams (6-5, 220) is yet another signee from the USNTDP program. There, he has one goal and four assists in 12 games while competing with the U.S. Under-18 National Team. He skated for Shattuck-St. Mary's and the U.S. U-17 National Team at the Four Nations Tournament last season. He scored two goals and an assist during that tournament.

"Nigel Williams is a big defensemen that will skate as well as anyone in the league," Eaves said. "With the puck, he has some great natural instincts."

Wisconsin's 2006 freshman class will also include defenseman Garrett Suter, who signed a letter of intent last year. Suter recently joined Waterloo of the USHL after leaving Salon Arm of the British Columbia Hockey League.


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