Wisconsin's hockey players shined in VancouverWisconsin Sports
-- Wisconsin’s Olympic hockey players shined yesterday in Vancouver.
VANCOUVER - Wisconsin’s Olympic hockey players shined yesterday in Vancouver.
Ex-Badger Brian Rafalski scored two goals, and Verona native Phil Kessel scored once as the US men’s team beat Norway 6-to-1. Former Wisconsin star Joe Pavelski had two assists, and ex-Badger Ryan Suter had one assist, as the Americans improved to 2-0 in the preliminary round.
Also, Ex-Badger Dany Heatley had one goal and one assist for his native Canada in a 3-2 shoot-out over Switzerland. The US and Canada will now square off on Sunday.
On the women’s side, Badger coach Mark Johnson led the Americans to the medal round with a 6-0 victory over Finland. Current Badgers Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight each had one goal. Former Badger Molly Engstrom had a goal and an assist. And ex-Wisconsin goal-tender Jessie Vetter had 23 saves as the US improved to 3-0. They’ll play Sweden in the semi-finals on Monday.
In long-track speed-skating, Elli Ochowicz of Waukesha took 26th in the women’s one-thousand meters. And the US women’s curling team, captained by Debbie McCormick of Rio, dropped to 0-3 with a 7-6 loss to Denmark. They’ll play Russia today