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B5Q Blogopean Union: Ann-Renee Desbiens is the NCAA hockey shutout record holder

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Plus: the men’s cross country team wins another B1G title; the wrestling team opens their season tonight; and the men’s hockey team split with No. 2 Michigan.

NCAA HOCKEY: MAR 19 Women’s - Division I Championship - Wisconsin v Clarkson Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via 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 Nebraska).

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).

  • Jerry is one of the best in the business for a reason, folks.
  • Dudes that play linebacker are just a different breed.
  • I don’t know if a concerted effort is being made to have players from last year’s team take smiling pictures with Greg Gard, but I’m sure it helps out when people ask about the leaked meeting tape.
  • The Wisconsin Badgers cross country team is an unstoppable juggernaut. Congrats to them on another Big Ten title. Runner Bob Liking came in first, with a course record natch, and six Badgers finished in the top-10. Absurd.
  • The women’s squad came in second with all seven of their runners placing in the top-25.
  • The men’s hockey team went on the road and earned a split with the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan’s team is loaded with top-end NHL talent and winning in their barn is an impressive feat. Hopefully that will build some positive momentum because highly ranked Minnesota is coming to Madison this weekend.
  • Makenna Webster had a hat trick on Saturday to help the Badgers sweep Minnesota State and continue their unbeaten start (12-0) to the season.
  • Speaking of Minnesota State their men’s goalie, Dryden McKay, recorded his 27th career shutout over the weekend which set a record...for men’s NCAA hockey. The tweet from the official Minnesota State hockey account didn’t note that, despite them having a women’s hockey team who, you know, was also playing that weekend. The actual NCAA hockey record holder is Wisconsin legend Ann-Renee Desbiens, who had 55 shutouts in her career.

It’s really not difficult to throw a “men’s” in front of the sport you are talking about if the school has both a women’s and a men’s team.

  • First wrestling match of the season is Monday (that’s tonight!) night! If you are student you should go and check it out because the first 500 of you get in for free.
  • A tough go for the women’s soccer team in the Big Ten Tournament as they lost to No. 1 seed Rutgers, 1-0 on Sunday. I asked our Soccer Knower, J.J., what he thought about UW’s chances of getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and he said “about 30%.” While that’s not nothing, it’s not exactly reassuring odds for the Badgers.
  • The men’s conference tournament kicks off this coming weekend and Wisconsin will be travelling to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the 4 vs. 5 matchup against the Wolverines. If they win, they’ll most likely face top-seeded Penn State, whom they just lost to 2-0, in the semifinals.