With a record crowd in attendance Tuesday, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team welcomed the U.S. Olympic National Team to the Kohl Center for an exhibition matchup.
The Olympic squad, comprised of six current or former Badgers and lead by sabbatical Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson, left no doubt about who was the best team in the land by delivering a 9-0 victory over the Badgers.
It was a special night in the Kohl Center as four graduated Badgers were welcomed back as well as current UW athletes Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan, who elected to take a year off to participate in the approaching Olympics in Vancouver.
“Honestly it was the highlight of my career,” Wisconsin interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I’m such a sucker for the Olympic games, and I cry every time it’s on, and for some reason I found myself kind of teary-eyed during the national anthem.”
After a ceremonial puck dropping to mark the occasion, Johnson’s crew wasted no time taking the speed of the game to a level the Badgers were not accustomed to.
“It was really fast. They dumped the puck in and they were on you right away,” junior Geena Prough said. “You had to really think on your toes.”
Senior Alannah McCready occupied the net for the Badgers in the first period while former Badger and Patty Kazmaier award winner Jessie Vetter stood her ground for Team USA.
From the looks of it to me Team USA will do well in the Olympics. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!