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Badger women ready to hit the ice

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Badgers women's hockey team opens the season Friday against Minnesota State. They are counting down the minutes after last season's disappointing finish, according to senior forward Madison Packer.

"Obviously, we were bummed out at the end of the season, but it's a new team and a new year."

Wisconsin fell to North Dakota in the semifinals of the WCHA Playoffs. Subsequently, they were not selected for the NCAA Tournament. That was just the second time since 2004 that they were not in the NCAA's. Junior forward Blayre Turnbull says this group is motivated and talented.

"Our goal here is to, obviously, win the National Championship, but we know there are a lot of smaller goals we need to accomplish this year in order to do that. We use last year's loss as a motivational factor for us to get on the scoreboard, win some games and, hopefully, go all the way this year."

The Badgers are ranked in the top ten in the national polls. They knocked off the Japanese Olympic Team 3-0 in an exhibition. Now, the real fun begins. Wisconsin will host Minnesota State at 7:07 p.m. at La Bahn Arena on Friday.

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