The results are in, and Women’s Badgers hockey remains on top after another strong week. They remain undefeated after their games against Bemidji State, 4-0 and 8-1. The team improved to 8-0 on the season with Maddi Wheeler and Kirsten Simms found the back of the net twice each to lead Badgers hockey.
The Season for the Badgers
The Badgers continue to lead in most categories in Division I hockey, with a lead as a team in goals, assists, and team points. They have a host of players doing well in multiple categories, including their goaltending tandem.
Junior Jane Gervais has helped the Badgers keep opponents off the board, putting up 56 saves with a .949 percentage, 10th in the nation. Not far behind her is freshman Ava McNaughton, registering 60 saves at a .938 percentage, good for 15th in the nation.
Outside of that, there are five Badgers in the top 10 for assists per game and three in the top 10 for goals per game. Lacey Eden leads the team and Division I with 11 goals, and her 1.38 goals per game has her ranked 2nd in the nation. Sitting just outside of the top 10 is stand-out freshman Cassie Hall.
Hall has seven goals for Badgers hockey this year and a .88 goals per game. She’s tied for 4th in the nation for goals and 12th for goals per game.
The Rink Behind Badgers Hockey
The Badgers received 20 first-place votes and continued to hold at 300 points this week in the USCHO rankings. Behind them, there was plenty of movement as Yale went into action this week, and other teams slipped in the points ranking.
— USCHO.com (@USCHO) October 23, 2023
The top 5 saw a little bit of change, with Yale falling out of the top 5 down to No. 7. They went 1-1 this week and lost to the new No. 5 in Quinnipiac. Ohio State, Colgate, Minnesota, and Quinnipiac round out the top 5 this week, with each of them losing points, except for Quinnipiac, who picked up 30 points.
Northeastern was the only other mover in the rankings, and it wasn’t in the right direction. They dropped from No. 10 to No. 13 after going 1-1 with a loss to St. Cloud State, who jumped them in the rankings going from No. 13 to No. 11.
It seems as though Badgers hockey is the class of the league, but they could see some competition if Quinnipiac can match them with an undefeated record as they have so far.