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Engstrom on Team USA roster; Skille nets winner for Team USA; Randle El charged

Engstrom on Team USA roster

Molly Engstrom, a former defender with the Wisconsin women's hockey team, has been named to the United States 2006 Olympic women's hockey team roster, which was announced Tuesday.

Engstrom, an All-American from Siren, Wis., has been training full-time with the team. She has previously skated with the USA women's national team at other international events, including the 2005 World Championship, which Team USA won.

While at Wisconsin, Engstrom was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and was one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. Engstrom is one of 12 on the roster who will compete at the Olympics for the first time.

Former Badger defenseman Carla MacLeod, who completed her eligibility in 2005 along with Engstrom, is on Team Canada's final Olympic team roster. Former Wisconsin goaltender Chanda Gunn is also on Team USA's roster.

Skille scores goal in Team USA win

Badger freshman forward Jack Skille was credited with the game-winning goal as Team USA routed Norway 11-2 to open the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday.

Skille took a shot on the power play late in the first period that bounced off the glove of Norway goalie Ruben Smith and into the net.

Forward Chris Bourque scored five of Team USA's 11 goals.

Minnesota freshman forward Phil Kessel, who is from Madison, had five assists.

Team USA was set to play Finland late Wednesday night.

Randle El charged with battery, bail jumping

Marcus Randle El, a sophomore receiver, was formally charged Tuesday with misdemeanor battery and bail jumping.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 16 alleged altercation between Randle El and former Badger football player Nick Sutton, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. According to the State Journal, Randle El accused Sutton of stealing $300 from him, which he said he won gambling the night before. The two got into a fight over the money and, according to the criminal complaint, Randle El allegedly hit Sutton several times.

Randle El previously entered the first offenders program after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in June. If this offense violates the term of the program, Randle El will be sentenced on the disorderly conduct charge.


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