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Breaking down Duggan’s night vs. North Dakota

It’s hard to quantify everything Meghan Duggan does. Her
stats speak for themselves, as she leads the WCHA in points with 66 and assists
with 36, but numbers only scratch the surface of her game. 

“She’s a very smart player, and I think it shows continuously
out there. She’s also quick and has a great shot, so those three things
combined definitely make her a complete player,” sophomore center Brianna
Decker said. 

Duggan’s well-rounded game was on full display Friday night
during Wisconsin’s 5-0 thrashing of WCHA foe North Dakota. Like most games throughout the season and her
career, the senior winger appeared to be everywhere at once. 

The following is a breakdown of her best shifts from Friday
night’s game.


Period One

1st: After the faceoff win, Duggan breaks hard to
the net but doesn’t receive the puck. When
the Badgers turn the puck over, Duggan back-checks to break up the North Dakota
scoring opportunity.

2nd: While on the attack, Duggan sets up a
scoring chance by screening the goaltender and deflecting a shot that just
barely misses the net.

3rd: Right off the bench, Duggan back-checks to
the defensive zone and clears the puck. Once the Badgers are on offense she sneaks into the slot, receives a
pass and takes a hard shot for another good scoring opportunity.

4th: On the power play, Decker finds
Duggan creeping to the far post with a pass and Duggan slaps it past the netminder for her first goal of the game.

5th: After
an unsuccessful offensive set, Duggan forechecks North Dakota’s defensive zone
alone and keeps the puck in their end, giving her team ample time to make the

6th: Duggan storms on the ice, tracks down the puck
in the neutral zone, dumps it in on offense and creates another scoring
opportunity for the Badgers.

9th: Duggan corrals the puck in her own end and
snaps a pass down the ice to a streaking Decker who has a one-on-one with the
goaltender, but loses the puck before she can get off a shot.

Period Two

1st: Duggan pops into the slot, receives a shot
from Brooke Ammerman from the corner and fires a slap shot past the glove of the
North Dakota netminder for her second goal, bolstering the lead to 4-0.

3rd: After a long shift by Duggan, the Badgers
take a penalty and have to kill it without her for the first minute. They struggle to get the puck out of the zone, but Duggan comes in and clears the puck as soon as she’s on the ice.

5th: During a four on four, Duggan sneaks to the
back post again, receives a pass and wrists a shot that, this time, the
goaltender saves. 

7th: Duggan facilitates two good scoring
opportunities – one by winning a neutral zone battle and finding a streaking
Badger for the shot on net. 

Period Three

2nd: In the slot, Duggan gets the puck caught on
her backhand with a defender blocking her path to the net. She gets the puck again in the offensive
zone, zips it to Ammerman at the far post for a great scoring opportunity,
though the Badgers aren’t able to cash in.

3rd: Duggan sets up in front of the goaltender as
the puck is shot on net; the rebound comes back out, and Duggan is there to turn
around and slide the puck in for the hat trick. 

“If you’re willing to go in there and create a screen or
look for rebounds, generally you’re going to be rewarded,” head coach Mark Johnson

5th: On the power play, Duggan sends a saucer
pass across the ice to Stefanie McKeough, who rips a shot the North Dakota netminder is
able to glove.

6th: On the penalty kill, Duggan clears the puck
and forechecks with Decker, erasing a large portion of the two-minute

7th: On another power play, Duggan sneaks in front
the net following a shot. If the goaltender yields a rebound, Duggan scores her
fourth of the game.

8th: On her last shift of the night, Duggan
streaks hard to the net hoping to receive a pass to deflect or a rebound that
she can put away for yet another goal. 

The effort is a great example of how Duggan has played night
in and night out throughout her career.

Yet, in common fashion, Duggan quickly deflected the credit
for her success.

“With the two linemates I had today, moving the puck and
feeding me in that slot, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” Duggan said. “I put myself in
the right position, and they got me the puck. It worked out well.”

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