U.S. Olympic women's hockey team routs China 12-1Wisconsin Sports
- Four Wisconsin women’s hockey players scored yesterday, as the U-S crushed China 12-1 at their Olympic opener in Vancouver.
VANCOUVER - Four Wisconsin women’s hockey players scored yesterday, as the U-S crushed China 12-1 at their Olympic opener in Vancouver.
Of the present Badgers, Meghan Duggan scored twice and Hilary Knight had one assist. Former Wisconsin star Molly Engstrom of Siren had a goal and an assist, and ex-Badger Kerry Weiland had an assist. The U.S. women will face Russia tomorrow. Also, Elm Grove native Catherine Raney Norman finished 17th in the women’s three-thousand meter speed-skating event. Two women who train in Milwaukee were in the Top-12. Nancy Swider-Peltz was ninth, and Jilleanne Rookard was 12th.
Today at the Olympics, the Canadian women’s hockey team will play Switzerland. Ex-Badgers Carla McLeod and Meagahn Mikkelson are on the Canadian squad. And tonight, speed-skaters Tucker Fredricks of Janesville and Nick Pearson of Vernon will compete in the men’s 500 meters – along with Milwaukee trainees Shani Davis and Mitch Whitmore.
In Madison, the rest of the Wisconsin women's hockey team blanked Minnesota State 6-0 yesterday. Jasmine Giles had two goals and an assist for the 10th-ranked Badgers. She was among four seniors who figured in the scoring in their final home regular season game. Wisconsin out-shot Minnesota State 38-to-14 and held the Mavericks scoreless in seven power-play attempts. Senior goal-tender Alannah McCready recorded her fifth career shut-out. And the Badgers are tied with Ohio State for third place in the WCHA going into their final conference season series next weekend at Minnesota.