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Varsity - April 3, 2014

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60 // VARSITY April 3, 2014 INSIDE WOMEN'S HOCKEY Future Badgers shine at U18 World Championships Cianfarano named tournament's top forward BY AJ HARRISON @BADGERWHOCKEY D espite falling to Canada in the gold medal game of the 2014 Interna- tional Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship on Sunday, three future Badgers shined for Team USA during the tour- nament. Taylar (T.T.) Cianfarano, a native of Oswego, N.Y., was named the forward of the tournament after tallying six goals and two assists in five games. Cianfarano recorded a hat trick in Team USA's 7-0 win over Sweden and was named Player of the Game for her ef- forts. Cianfarano was also +8 during the tournament, which was the second-best rating of any player. During her 15 games with the U.S. team, Cianfarano has recorded 12 goals and seven assists, and also helped the U.S. win silver at last year's world championships. Another future Badger forward, Bay- lee Wellhausen, impressed during the two-week tournament in Budapest, Hun- gary. The Williams Bay, Wis. , native was named the Player of the Game on March 23 vs. Russia. She tallied three points during the tournament, and has 10 total points during her 12 game tenure with the U.S. U18 squad. Maddie Rolfes, a teammate of Well- hausen's at Shattuck St. Mary's, had a solid tournament on Team USA's blue line as the West Des Moines, Iowa, native recorded three assists in five games. The trio will join Annie Pankowski, who spent time on the U.S. national team last fall training with former Badgers Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Jessie Vetter, and the Cana- dian duo of Emily Clark and Lauren Wil- liams as freshmen at UW. RIGSBY EARNS NATIONAL HONOR ‚óŹ Wisconsin netminder Alex Rigsby was named to the All-USCHO first-team, U.S. College Hockey Online announced last week. It marks the second national honor Rigsby has received this year after the Delafield, Wis., native was named a first-team All-American by the Ameri- can Hockey Coaches Association. Rigsby closed her Wisconsin ca- reer with 100 wins, which is tied for the second most in NCAA history. Rigsby ended her season with a 17-7- 2 record and a .945 save percentage, which ranked second in the nation. In addition to her performance on the ice, Rigsby excelled in the class- room and was named a 2014 WCHA Scholar-Athlete and earned a spot on the All-WCHA Academic team.

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