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B5Q Blogopean Union: updates from around the Badgersphere and the Big Ten

We’ve got World Juniors updates; NHL Badgers on the move; Jonathan Taylor breaking out; and Brevin Pritzl filling it up.

United States v Austria: Preliminary Round Group B - 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship
Alex Turcotte shooting during Team USA’s demolition of Austria.
Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Good morning! This is going to be a daily(ish) post that discusses the goings on of the rest of the Big Ten Conference, and the country as needed. Much like the European Union, the Big Ten is a loosely confederated group of entities that sometimes have the same goals (like free movement of people between countries or not winning national titles in football or basketball) and sometimes accept new members that they later regret (Estonia or Rutgers).

We hope that you will use this post to comment on things happening around the conference and also as a sort of daily open thread to discuss breaking news or argue about Spotted Cow (which we NO LONGER DO).

  • You don’t become the best setter in the country by accident, folks.
  • Jonathan Taylor is really turning it on in the second half of the season. You love to see it.
  • Former Badgers forward Derek Stepan is on the move, for a 2021 second round pick, and will be joining the Ottawa Senators this season.

“Derek’s acquisition provides us with important stability at centre heading into the season,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “He plays a 200-foot game and has proven to be a reliable special teams’ player throughout his career. His addition to our lineup will also represent a valuable leadership presence within our group.”

  • I know we’ve been watching all of the games so WE already know this, but the men’s hoops team has been playing really well this year.
  • Brevin Pritzl is FILLING it up overseas.
  • While Wonder Woman 1984 isn’t getting the best reviews online, this is great work by the Badgers social media team.
  • Teams USA and Canada each had monster blowout wins in their group games on Saturday with the Americans beating Austria 11-0 and the Canadians dominating Germany 16-2.

Alex Turcotte had three assists while Cole Caufield was held off the score sheet, oddly. Dylan Holloway notched one assist in Canada’s blowout. The Canadians also won their game on Sunday, 3-1 over Slovakia, and are in control in Group A. Both teams have off on Monday before returning to the ice on Tuesday.