GREG DIXON/Herald photoIt’s not just Minnesota State that hasn’t been able to skate with Wisconsin lately. The Mavericks became the just latest team to get swept by the No. 2 Badgers women’s hockey team as it rolls through WCHA play.Minnesota State has developed a special affinity for losing, however. With decisive 5-0 and 8-0 victories this weekend, Wisconsin extended an unbelievable history of domination over Minnesota State: the Mavericks are now 0-31-1 all time against the Badgers.Still unbeaten since returning from their break Jan. 5, the Badgers improved to 24-1-3 (18-1-3 WCHA) and have outscored opponents 38-2 over their last eight games.After being swept at home by the Badgers two months earlier, Minnesota State (13-13-1, 9-12-1 WCHA) had been playing better hockey, winning seven straight games heading into the series. The Badgers established dominance quickly, scoring early in both games, and never gave the Mavericks a chance to get back into the contest.”The starts to both games were very similar,” Badgers coach Mark Johnson said. “We came out with a lot of energy and created some turnovers and the end result was we got some early goals.”In front of 2,556 fans Saturday — the third largest for a women’s hockey game in Kohl Center history — the Badgers attacked the net relentlessly from the start, and though three scoring attempts in the first 90 seconds were denied, the Badgers got on the board when Sara Bauer found a streaking Megan Mickelson for an easy goal, 3:48 into the first period.”I think anytime you can get some offense generated in the first couple shifts, it sets the tone well for the game,” Bauer said. “Getting off on a good foot is something we can carry through the game.”Never looking back after the first goal, the Badgers added two more goals in the first period on their way to an impressive 8-0 victory highlighted by two-goal performances from Bauer and sophomore Meghan Duggan. Jinelle Zaugg also added a late goal in the rout as the front line trio of Bauer, Duggan and Zaugg accounted for five of the Badgers’ eight goals.”They’re playing well; they played well yesterday, they played well last weekend,” Johnson said. “We’re really happy with it.”Duggan, who was added to the front line after the Christmas break, registered six points in the series, breaking the school record for freshman points of 33 set by Bauer and sophomore Angie Keseley in the process.”[Duggan] is a great player; she’s really skilled,” Zaugg said. “I was really happy to see [Johnson] move her onto our line. Bauer and I work together well but teams tend to cover us and having that third person who’s really a powerhouse confuses teams on who to cover.”According to Bauer, playing with Duggan is a pleasure, and called her teammate a “real asset” on the ice.”She’s having a great year, she’s got a great work ethic, and I’m happy to see her do well,” Bauer added.Christine Dufour, starting the second game of the series between the pipes as she has done for most of the season, notched the win with 20 saves. The win was Dufour’s school record 16th shutout, and she still has not been defeated since Oct. 5, 2005. As the season continues to near an end, the decision over goalie playing time has become increasingly difficult to make with both Dufour and sophomore Jessie Vetter playing so well as of late.”[Dufour] has been very important. It’s nice to have two goaltenders you can count on,” Johnson said. “Both goalies have played well and it’s nice to have that dilemma.”Fan support also played a role Saturday, as the season’s largest crowd was very noticeable to the Badger players.”It just shows how much women’s hockey is growing and that’s really encouraging,” Zaugg said. “There’s nothing like playing in front of the fans, and the band coming and students cheering — it gets us really pumped up.”On Friday, Bauer’s goal 27 seconds into action was all the Badgers would need to put away the Mavericks as they won handily 5-0. Bobbi-Jo Slusar added two goals in her second consecutive multi-goal game after never having had one in her previous 125 games as a Badger. It only took 18 saves for Vetter to record the win, her fifth shutout of the season.
Kilkenny will return to the Marble City with the O’Duffy Cup for the first time since 1994 today. Their senior camogie side ended a 22-year drought with a 1-13 to 1-9 win over Cork. It completed a successful day for the Cats at Croke Park, as their Intermediate side also saw off the Rebelettes 3-6 to 0-11.
A teenager from Portrush, Co Antrim is in the final stages of his solo charity adventure around Ireland in a self-made skin-on-frame sea kayak.Nineteen-year-old Hamish Wilkinson left the comfort of his home in June and is currently kayaking off the Donegal coastline with support from our own adventurer Carrickfinn man Anraí Ó Domhnaill.The teenager set off on his adventure on June 28 and hopes to reach Portrush this week. He has battled storms off the Dingle Peninsula and the challenging waters at Benwee Head on the South West of Donegal bay in his bid to circumnavigate the island.His aim is to become the youngest individual to circumnavigate Ireland on a solo expedition and to complete the expedition in a hand made traditional kayak.The kayak was built by Hamish and his dad John of Valkyric Craft Classic Canoes. The paddles are traditional Greenland Paddles built by Hamish and handshaped and finished in oils.Hamish is also hoping to raise funds for charities Action Cancer and Greeenpeace. Donegal’s own adventurer Anraí is providing logistic and service support to Hamish along the Donegal Coast section of his epic trip.He said: “This charitable young man is an inspiration to us all. I observed him paddling in the wild Atlantic along treacherous stretches of the Donegal coast.“Safety and respect for the sea are core values for Hamish. Although young in years, he is at one with the sea and is clearly a very highly skilled boatman who possesses great courage, stamina and endless determination.“I am certain that he will achieve his Expedition Aims in the next few days on the final stage of this Extraordinary Expedition. To Build your own boat and Paddles and paddle around Ireland is very special.”The teenager has his own Facebook page where you can get updates on his adventure: Hamish Around Ireland and also a blog http://www.valkyriecraft.com/hamishroundireland.htm DONEGAL’S OWN ADVENTURER HELPS TEEN COMPLETE ROUND-IRELAND KAYAK was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)