The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team just keeps collecting regular season accolades as freshman forward Abby Roque earned Rookie of the Week honors after her three-point performance in the weekend sweep of Bemidji State University.This is Roque’s third Rookie of the Week award this season and second multigoal game with her first also coming against BSU in early November.The freshman’s outstanding play comes at the most opportune time for the No. 1 Badgers as they host the No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in their home season finale this weekend and look to go into the WCHA playoffs as the top seed. Head coach Mark Johnson spoke in a press conference Monday on how highly he looks at this freshman class and their poise going into their potential first WCHA and NCAA tournament.Women’s hockey: Top two matchup awaits Badgers at homeAfter two solid wins against Bemidji State University (9-16-3) last weekend, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team extended their Read…Even with a dominant underclassman unit, the Badgers have an absolute wealth of talent as Roque is tied for fifth on the team in total points (22) and is one of 12 players with double-digit assists. The Michigan native’s third weekly award, however, simply speaks to how deep this Wisconsin team is and how much potential they have in the postseason to snag the program’s first-ever national championship.Roque’s leadership on Friday helped the Badgers to something even better than a weekly honor as they earned the program’s 500th win, a mark that even more impressive considering the program has only been around since 1999. After it was revealed early last spring Johnson would remain as the UW women’s head coach and pass up the UW men’s coaching job, it became clear to most of the country Wisconsin hockey was here to stay.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hits the road for Bemidji State seriesWith a 10-game winning streak behind them, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads out to face the Bemidji Read…Now, with one of the biggest match ups of the year only a few days away and the allure of holding onto the number one ranking from the duration of the season, the intensity is beginning to build and those around women’s hockey are starting to take notice. Johnson and the Badgers will need underground players like Roque to step up and send their seven seniors off the right way in what should be another rowdy crowd in Labahn Arena.The matchups are set for 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
The No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (31-4-2, 20-2-2 Big Ten) will take on a challenge with the No.3 Colgate Raiders (33-5-1, 19-3-0 ECAC) in the Frozen Four semifinals Friday night from Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.The game versus Colgate will be a single elimination match held at a neutral site and will be the first time the two teams have faced each other all season. Wisconsin has struggled on neutral ice this season comparative to their overall record, going just 2-2-0 in these games.Wisconsin has already had an incredible year, as they were ranked No. 1 for most of the season until their loss last week in the WCHA Final Faceoff.Colgate’s Jessie Eldridge will be the player for the Badgers to look out for in this match. The junior leads her team in both goals with 21 and points with 43 on the season.Women’s Hockey: Badgers looks to finish season strong at WCHA Final Faceoff before NCAAsThe Badgers are getting ready to face the Bemidji State Beavers for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff as Read…Wisconsin goaltender Kristen Campbell will be the final line of defense against Eldridge. Campbell has been impressive on the year, recording 12 shutouts this season with her last one coming just a week ago versus Minnesota.On offense, Baylee Wellhausen could be valuable for Wisconsin in this match as the senior has scored five of her 10 goals this season from Minneapolis, a location the Badgers have frequented four times on the year.This game comes on the heels of an impressive victory in the NCAA Quarterfinals against rival Minnesota in Madison. Badger star Abby Roque was the leading scorer in the game with two goals for a 4-0 route. While the Badgers fell to Minnesota just a week earlier in the WCHA Final Faceoff, they were able to once again take care of business in the LaBahn Arena to finish off an undefeated home season at 17-0-0.Women’s Hockey: Roque, Campbell named WCHA Players of the YearThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s (29-3-2-0, WCHA 20-2-2-0) spectacular season has yielded two end-of-season Western Conference Read…Roque has been phenomenal all season, earning WCHA Offensive Player of the Year honors leading the team with 40 points and 29 assists.If the Badgers can win tomorrow, they will advance to the championship game for the seventh time in less than two decades since the tournament began. The championship will be on Sunday versus the winner of Ohio State and Clarkson, who the Badgers lost to 3-0 in last year’s finals.Puck drop will be at 7 p.m. with live coverage available on the Big Ten Network.