Badger Roundup: Wisconsin Dominates Opener

With seven freshman on its roster and Shane Connelly take over the net full time, No.14 Wisconsin hockey dominated No.8 Notre Dame.

DAYTON, OH. - Four Badgers recorded their first career goals as the No. 14 Wisconsin men's hockey team dominated No. 8 Notre Dame 4-1 in the opening game of the Lefty McFadden Invitational in Dayton, Ohio on Friday. The Badgers are 1-0-0 after their first game of the season.

Senior Josh Engel scored his first career goal in 66 games for the Badgers, giving Wisconsin an early 1-0 lead over the Irish. Engel made a late entrance into the play, receiving a pass from Matthew Ford and Davis Drewiske. Engel's shot connected with the lower left corner of the goal, sneaking past Irish goaltender Jordan Pearce at 15:05.

The Badgers showed impressive speed in the first period, skating past the Notre Dame defenders, earning quality shots on goal. Wisconsin managed to get six shots on goal before Notre Dame could get its first, which came eight minutes into the game. The Badgers closed out the first period leading the Irish in shots, 13-3.

Notre Dame came out strong in the second, capitalizing on Badger mistakes. The Badgers' aggressive play led to 10 minutes in the penalty box in the second period. Notre Dame took advantage of the power play minutes, firing 12 shots at Shane Connelly, while only allowing the Badgers three shots on goal.

Senior center Mark Van Guilder tied the game 1-1 for the Irish with a 2:20 power-play goal early in the second. Van Guilder scored 18 goals last season for Notre Dame.

Wisconsin controlled the remained of the game, tallying three goals in the third period. Sophomore Aaron Bendickson earned his first career goal on a backhand shot from Drewiske and Cody Goloubef (Oakville, Ontario). The play opportunity was created by freshman Patrick Johnson (Madison, Wis.), who slashed the puck from the corner towards the net, where Drewiske and Goloubef both got touches before Bendickson backhanded the puck past Pearce. Bendickson's 11th-minute goal brought Wisconsin ahead 2-1.

Freshman Sean Dolan added to the Badgers' momentum as he scored his first career goal at 13:31 in the third period. Tom Gorowsky (Lino Lakes, Minn.) took a hard shot, which was deflected by Pearce. Dolan knocked in the rebounded to lift the Badgers 3-1.

Wisconsin was not ready to end there. Another Badger tallied his first career goal, as freshman forward Kyle Turris (New Westminster, B.C.) slid yet another puck past Pearce. Wisconsin was on a power kill when Ben Street (Coquitlam, B.C.), Michael Davies (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Turris took control of the puck. The three-on-two rush, which included two smooth passes from Street and Davies, was capped by Turris' 19th-minute goal.

Connelly, who is now 8-6-2 in the net, stopped 23 shots for the Badgers. Pearce ended the night with 21 saves. Wisconsin lead in shots, 25-24.

Women's Soccer: Badgers cruise to 3-0 win

MADISON -After four straight games where the Badgers did not find the back of the net, Wisconsin's women's soccer team is suddenly on a hot strike.

Funny what can happen on the coldest night of the season.

With the temperature plummeting to 45 degrees compounded with a breeze blowing off Lake Mendota, the Badgers scored twice in the first 17 minutes and stymied all scoring attempts by visiting Loyola Chicago, beating the Ramblers 3-0 at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

"Scoring early gives you that confidence to try different things and put different people on the field," said junior Jamie Klages, who only needed two saves to record her fifth shutout of the season. "It's good to score after being on a drought for awhile."

Wisconsin (5-6-1) wasted no time jumping on visiting Loyola (8-6). Off a corner kick from Marissa Sarkesian, senior Shannon Terry headed to ball to forward Tricia Krombach's foot. Krombach took one swipe of her foot to put the ball into the back of the net. Just 13 minutes later, Krombach scored her third goal of the year and second of the game when she beat Loyola's Colleen Dougherty for the 2-0 lead.

"It was a good team effort tonight," Krombach said. "We're just working n being consistent. It was our third game in a row that we've played with a good fight and spirit. I would like to see this team keep it up."

Wisconsin added a third goal when junior Sheri Ferron scored her first goal of the season to complete the scoring and move the Badgers winning streak to two.

"I am happy that we've got four goals in two games and getting some of ideas how we want to score," head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We're striving to be more consistent."

WSWIM: Badgers Defeat Iowa 197-102 to Improve to 2-0

The University of Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team defeated Iowa by a score of 197–102 on Thursday night at the UW Natatorium to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

The Badgers won 12 out of the 16 events en route to the victory.

Head coach Eric Hansen said he was happy with the way his team came together.

"We had some kids who were pretty beat up, but they made the best of it and swam through it," he said. "They need to learn how to do that as we progress through the season."

MSWIM: Men's Swimming and Diving Overtakes Iowa

In the Big Ten opener, the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team beat Iowa 175-125 at the UW Natatorium Thursday night.

Head Coach Eric Hansen was pleased with the meet's results. ""I like how the team came together tonight," said Hansen. "We had some kids who were pretty beat up, but they made the best of it and swam through it. They need to learn how to do that as we progress through the season."

The Badgers put the first points on the board, as their ‘B' relay team placed first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.88.


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