After losing in their first-ever shootout on Friday, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team (9-0-1) captured some redemption on Sunday, beating rival Minnesota (5-2-1) in a come-from-behind fashion by a score of 2-1.Following a scoreless first period, the Gophers seized the lead on a wrister from the right faceoff circle by freshman center Jocelyne Lamoureux off an assist from senior defenseman Melanie Gagnon. In the period, Wisconsin’s senior goaltender Jessie Vetter stopped 15 shots, as the Gophers outshot the Badgers 16-3.Between the second and third periods, UW head coach Mark Johnson gave the team an ultimatum, according to senior forward Angie Keseley.“Coach gave us the option of whether we wanted to win or lose, and it was up to us,” Keseley said. “He gave us 15 minutes to decide what we wanted to do, so I guess we decided to win the game.”Four-and-a-half minutes into the final period, Keseley received a pass between the circles from senior center and captain Erika Lawler and dropped the puck down to sophomore forward Hilary Knight. Knight’s 13th goal of the year evened the game at one apiece. Keseley was credited with her seventh assist of the year, and Lawler earned her team-high 11th.“I was out in the slot and I got a nice pass from Erika. … I saw Hilary on the back door, and she did a really good job finishing,” Keseley said. “Hilary’s obviously a very good goal scorer, and the [defender] was kind of taking me, so I didn’t think I was going to get my shot through, so I just thought that was the better option.”Then, with 9 1/2 minutes left in the period, sophomore defender Malee Windmeier found Lawler streaking down the ice during a shorthanded situation. Lawler maneuvered around the sole Gopher defender and beat the goaltender to give the Badgers the lead.“I didn’t really have much time to think about it,” Lawler said about the play. “We were killing a penalty and, all of a sudden, the puck was turned over in the middle of the ice and Malee Windmeier [got] it to me right away. The quick transition is really what did it for us; that was a great pass.”Lawler knows that although it’s early in the season, getting the series win was significant for the Badgers.“I think it was really important,” Lawler said. “No one ever likes to get swept, especially by the Gophers. I think it was just good for us because … it shows us we’re right up there with the top teams.”On Friday, 60 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime were not enough to determine a victor, leading to the first-ever shootout for UW.In the shootout, in which three players from each team are selected to alternate one-on-one opportunities with the opposing goalie, Minnesota freshman forward Sarah Erickson snuck a wrister by Vetter to win the shootout. All three Badger participants — Knight, freshman center Brooke Ammerman and junior forward Meghan Duggan — were unable to best Minnesota freshman goalie Alyssa Grogan.According to the new shootout rules, the game will be officially recorded as a tie, but Minnesota will receive an extra point in the WCHA standings.The Badgers took the lead late in the first period on Duggan’s fourth goal of the year. Duggan fired a slap shot from the blue line and the puck found its way through heavy traffic in front of the goal. Lawler and Knight were credited with their 10th and fifth assists, respectively.“Their penalty kill had been playing us pretty well,” Duggan said. “I think we just had to work with it a bit, and try to adapt to what they were doing and try to open up some better seams. I just shot it and there was a lot of chaos in front. I think one of their players went down to block it and it got kind of redirected into the back of the net.”The next 30 minutes saw a back-and-forth affair highlighted by superb goaltending. In the second period alone, Vetter stopped 12 Minnesota shots, finishing with 33 saves for the game. Minnesota’s Grogan blocked 14 total shots for the Gophers. It was the first time all season the Badgers were outshot.In the third period, Minnesota freshman forward Monique Lamoureux lit the lamp in a short-handed situation off helpers from her sister, Jocelyne, and senior defenseman Dagney Willey.“In the third period, it seems like we kind of hit a wall a little bit,” Lawler said. “I don’t necessarily know why, but we have to take away that we have to play a full 60 minutes next time, instead of just going out there playing two really solid periods and then an iffy third.”In the extra session, the Badgers were outshot six to one, but neither team was able to capitalize, forcing the shootout. Even though they didn’t come away from the shootout with a win, Duggan said the team enjoyed the new format.“The shootout is a great addition to the WCHA,” Duggan said. “It’s more fun to have a game decided in a win and a loss. I think now that we’re used to the shootouts. … They’ll be fun, and I think it’s a good way to determine a winner and a loser versus just leaving it at a tie.”Vetter, who recorded 60 saves on the weekend, got to see the shootout from a different perspective, but said she enjoyed the experience.“It was fun,” Vetter said. “We didn’t win it, but it was definitely a lot of fun. They got the extra point, and they definitely earned it. But, it’s a good experience and it definitely gets the crowd into it more.”
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By now, the debacle of Serena Williams and the U.S. Open is old news. Everyone knows about the alleged cheating, the racket throw, the “thief” comment and all of its fallout. But while it might be easy to move on from this controversy, I’ve found over the last week that the incident was a frightening barometer for the attitude of the sports world towards black female athletes.It must be pointed out that the U.S. Open wasn’t having a stellar year in gender equity before Serena entered the mix. Days before, French tennis player Alizé Cornet was penalized after she rushed to change her shirt during a heat break, then took it off to turn it right-side-out on the court shortly before resuming play. In the same tournament, male stars John Isner and Novak Djokovic had removed their shirts and sat shirtless without receiving penalties, and the disparity earned mass criticism from sports fans across the country. The foundation for an apparent pattern of unbalanced violation enforcement already existed before Serena and her opponent, Naomi Osaka, even took the court on Saturday afternoon.And for Serena, maybe, it just felt like it was all just too much. This moment can’t be taken out of context for her, either. The star battled a life-threatening complication after delivering her child last year, then was banned from wearing a suit made to help her condition at the French Open. This is a woman who has been questioned and criticized with open abandon for the entirety of her career. Now, she has been accused of cheating and robbed of a game point by a man in a chair who was abnormally strict in his enforcement. Maybe on Saturday, with her game slipping against a young challenger and her body tiring after an exhausting year of competition, it all just felt like too much. As we transition away from the Open weekend, the issue now, however, isn’t whether Serena was right or wrong. The debate over Carlos Ramos’ decision raged over the weekend, but it’s midweek now, and attention is turning already away from tennis and back to Thursday Night Football and College GameDay. There won’t ever be a conclusion to that debate. Sports media thrives off of debates — Was that a catch? Was that a foul? Were those balls deflated? The question now isn’t the “right or wrong” of the debate. It’s the way that the two black women at its center have been treated by those on either side.No voice has been minimalized more in American culture than the voice of the black woman. Black women are silenced, ignored and oppressed more than almost any other figure (perhaps, besides, Native and trans people) in our country, and this pattern polices our expectation for them.Nothing is more strictly regulated than the anger of a black woman. Just look at the way Serena’s actions have been described. The most commonly used word was “meltdown,” a word that paints the picture of a woman throwing a tantrum, not of an athlete aggressively advocating for her rights. Serena’s actions are repeated by many — mainly white — men in the game, yet they are not seen as threatening or overemotional. The difference is clear. Men may voice their opinions in firm tones. Men may be bullies. But women are expected to be docile, calm, respectful. This myth of the calm woman actually comes from the fear of women who are the opposite — fiery, strong, unafraid of challenge.This fear is best represented by an Australian cartoon that ran this week, which depicted Serena in an aggressively racist fashion based off of Mammy cartoons from the 1930s. Even if the umpire’s decision wasn’t racist or sexist, the reaction to Serena’s conduct has been unendingly so. It’s not just racist caricatures, either. One of the arguments against Serena that I’ve heard most often is that she stole the show from her opponent, the 20-year-old Osaka who became the first Japanese woman to win the Open. Somehow, it became Serena’s fault that the crowd booed during the trophy presentation, that the national headlines focused on the American runner-up rather than the Japanese winner.This is not fair, and you wouldn’t see it with male competitors. Serena should not stay silent and stop advocating for herself just because Osaka is making history, and this expectation that she should step aside to lift up other women is yet another double standard that is often foisted on women in sports.Women should be allowed to be competitors. They should be allowed to argue with referees, to complain about violation calls, in the same way that LeBron James is allowed to, without nationwide controversy. This expectation of deference is common, yet it unfairly expects female athletes to put other women’s needs above themselves. That expectation must be erased in order for female athletes to be able to equally advocate for themselves.Win or lose, Serena’s willingness to speak for herself should be applauded, not condemned. And until that sentiment is widely felt, the world of sports will not be equal for men and women.Julia Poe is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Thursdays.