Saturday, July 21, 2007

Eight Wisconsinites or UW Women's Players in Chowder Cup

The Women's Chowder Cup Tournament is underway, with three different teams carrying UW players or Wisconsinites. The most interesting is probably the Minnesota Ice Cats Elite. Forward & Wisconsinite Emily Kranz, who will be a Sophomore this season, is on the team along with incoming defensive recruit Amile Windmeier. Most players on this team are 1988 birthdates, with some 1989 birthdates. The lone exception is forward & Wisconsinite Brianna Decker who is a 1991 birthdate. Decker is fresh off of dominating the Girls Select 16 National Development Camp. It's very telling that a group of players who are all returning or incoming Division I hockey players made an exception for a player who is going to be a Junior in high school.

The other teams in the tournament featuring UW players are the East Coast Wizards and Junior Bruins Black. Returning forward Meggan Duggan and returning forward Erika Lawler are playing for the Wizards while incoming Forward Hilary Knight and returning forward Kyla Sanders are playing for the Junior Bruins Black.

In the first day of action, the Minnesota Ice Cats Elite faced off against the East Coast Wizards, as they are in the same bracket. The Ice Cats prevailed by a score of 4-3. Meghan Duggan had a goal for the Wizards, while Brianna Decker had a goal for the Ice Cats. The Junior Bruins dismantled their first day opponent 10-0 with Hilary Knight scoring 3 goals and tallying 3 assists, and Kyla Sanders scored 2 goals.

The Women's Chowder Cup AA bracket, which features all of the aforementioned teams, can be found here.