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Varsity - February 28, 2013

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INSIDE WOMEN���S HOCKEY BY ROSS LA DUE @BadgerWHockey SCHEDULE (21-9-2, 17-9-2-2) Last Week Feb. 22 at Bemidji State Feb. 23 at Bemidji State W, 2-0 W, 3-1 This Week Friday St. Cloud State Saturday St. Cloud State Sunday St. Cloud State 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. Next Four March 8 March 9 March 15 March 22 Postseason brings new life for Badgers Playoffs start with visit from St. Cloud State N othing is guaranteed in the postseason, but one thing is known without a doubt as the Wisconsin women���s hockey team begins its trek for a seventh Frozen Four appearance; the team that will take to the ice Friday night is vastly improved from the one that started the season in late September. 50 �� VARSITY FEB R UA RY 28, 2013 WCHA teams have the toughest conference schedules in the nation, and while that has shown in a nine-loss record for the Badgers, it has also helped them tremendously. By late in the season, most teams are usually playing better, and that showed in the close games Wisconsin WCHA Final Face-Off WCHA Final Face-Off NCAA Regionals NCAA Frozen Four TBA TBA TBA TBA had over the last two weeks with Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State. Even though UMD and BSU were stronger than when the Badgers went winless against them in October, the much-improved Badgers swept both teams to finish the regular season with six straight wins. The harsh WCHA schedule has forged the Badgers into one of the most improved teams in the conference. That improvement is not just evident in the team���s record. The team is more energized and more confident than ever before. The Badgers have been concentrating on fine-tuning the small details in their play, and the rigors of 32 games has every player skating with the poise of seasoned veterans. That extra energy and renewed confidence will serve the Badgers well as the postseason begins, a time in which every team has a new beginning. Favorably for the Badgers, it���s starting when they���re playing their best hockey of the year.

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