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Women’s Hockey: Season of milestones, dominance, determination

Feb. 9 match up against Bemidji State highlights consistency, resilience
Soren Goldsmith

In the realm of collegiate sports, few teams have commanded as much attention and respect as the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team. With each passing game, they continue to redefine excellence, setting new standards and leaving an indelible mark on the sport. In a season filled with milestones, dominant performances and unwavering determination, the Badgers have emerged as a powerhouse in women’s college hockey.

The journey of the Badgers’ record-breaking season can be traced back to a pivotal matchup against Bemidji State, where they showcased their offensive prowess in a game for the ages. Forwards Kirsten Simms and Laila Edwards led the charge with hat-tricks, while Britta Curl, Lacey Eden, Caroline Harvey and Cassie Hall contributed to the scoring frenzy. As the goals piled up, the team’s depth and talent were on full display, solidifying their status as contenders in the competitive landscape of women’s hockey.

Reflecting on the game, UW women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson expressed his admiration for the team’s performance.


“Now we’re in a position where they can really see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s words encapsulate the team’s collective mindset and their unwavering focus on the ultimate prize.

The victory over Bemidji State extended the Badgers’ winning streak to an impressive 12 games, a testament to their consistency and resilience throughout the season. As they continue to rewrite the record books, the Badgers remain focused on the task at hand, driven by their desire to achieve greatness.

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Key players like Simms, Edwards, Curl and O’Brien have been instrumental in Wisconsin’s success, showcasing their talent and leadership on and off the ice. Their contributions, along with those of their teammates, have elevated the Badgers to another level this season, setting the stage for a guaranteed memorable journey.

Forward O’Brien’s milestone 100th career assist added another layer of significance to the game, highlighting the individual achievements that complement the team’s success. O’Brien’s dedication and playmaking abilities have been instrumental in Wisconsin’s journey this season, earning her praise from teammates and coaches alike.

“Casey’s accomplishment reflects the team’s overall success and dynamic on the ice this season,” Johnson said. “Her efforts, along with those of her teammates, have propelled us to new heights and set the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable journey.”

Throughout the season, the Badgers have encountered numerous notable moments and achievements, each contributing to their overall success. Whether it be standout performances from key players, milestone accomplishments or the team’s ability to rally together in the face of adversity, the Badgers have consistently demonstrated why they are a force to be reckoned with.

As the postseason approaches, the Badgers find themselves in prime position to make a deep run, fueled by their record-breaking season and unwavering determination to succeed. With each game, Wisconsin continues to rewrite the history books, leaving an irrefutable mark on the sport of women’s hockey.

In the words of grad student Chayla Edwards, “We’re just gonna stick to our game and try to keep rolling throughout the entire weekend.”

Edwards’ determination and commitment epitomize the team’s mindset as they navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The Badgers’ dominant performance against Bemidji State serves as one of the latest chapters in what has been an unforgettable season for Wisconsin women’s hockey. With their sights set on championship glory, the Badgers look to build upon their success and etch their names in the annals of college hockey history.

Amid the approaching Border Battle Series, the intensity of competition reaches new heights. Every shift and every play is scrutinized with precision as both teams vie for supremacy on the ice. The rivalry between Minnesota and Wisconsin runs deep, fueled by years of history and tradition. The stakes have never been higher as the players lace up their skates and prepare to battle for victory.

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As the games unfold, the drama unfolds with them. Each goal, each save and each moment of brilliance adds to the tapestry of the rivalry, weaving a story of determination, resilience and passion. For fans in the stands and viewers at home, the excitement is palpable, with every twist and turn of the game keeping them on the edge of their seats.

But beyond the scoreboard, the Border Battle Series represents something more profound — it’s a celebration of women’s hockey, a showcase of the talent, skill and dedication that define the sport. From the players on the ice to the coaches on the bench, from the fans in the stands to the supporters watching from afar, the Border Battle Series is a testament to the enduring spirit of the game.

When the final buzzer sounds and the series comes to a close, the memories linger long after the last goal has been scored. Whether celebrating victory or nursing defeat, both teams can take pride in their performance and the everlasting mark they’ve left on the rivalry. For Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Border Battle Series is more than just a competition — it’s a tradition, a legacy and a source of pride for everyone involved.

The second-ranked Badgers (27-4-0, 21-4-0 WCHA)  completed their sweep of No. 5 Minniesota (24-6-1, 18-6-1 WCHA) with two incredible games. In game one, the Badgers battled back in overtime, drafting the Gophers 4-3 in front of a sellout crowd. An incredible overtime goal from Laila Edwards, sending her backwards and to the ground in front of the goal, extended the Badgers win streak to 14. Defender Laney Potter, forward Marianne Picard and Curl each also found the back of the net.

Game two of the Border Battle Series, saw Simms score twice as goaltender Ava McHaughton earned a shutout with 17 saves. After a scoreless first period, Simms scored back-to-back goals to give the Badgers a 2-0 lead over the Golden Gophers. The Badgers outshot Minnesota 31-17, including a 14-6 difference in the second period.

Next up — Wisconsin returns to LaBahn Arena next weekend as the Badgers gear up to host the first round of the WCHA tournament against St. Thomas on March 1-3. The action kicks off with puck drop on Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. The second game of the series is slated for 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and if needed, a potential third game would take place on Sunday, March 3, also at 4 p.m.

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