Ammerman’s standout season adding to prolific career

first_imgSenior forward Brooke Ammerman of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is not just having a standout season. She’s having a standout career.Halfway through her senior season, Ammerman already ranks in the top 10 for career goals, points, shots, power play goals and game-winning goals in Badger women’s hockey history. In her eyes, the statistics only tell part of Ammerman’s story.“I think [my success] has a lot to do with my teammates. I’ve learned a lot from the leaders of the past, and my teammates have always made me better.” Ammerman said. “[This year], we’ve just been moving the puck well, and we’ve been on fire since the beginning of the season, so I can’t complain.”Since arriving in Madison in 2008, Ammerman has had plenty of success as a Badger. Her first national championship came on the heels of being named WCHA Rookie of the Week three times, UW Rookie of the Year and earning spots on the All-WCHA Rookie Team and All-WCHA Third Team. Her success continued into fall 2009, and although the team did not have a championship-caliber season, personal accolades for Ammerman piled up.The season started with Ammerman being named WCHA Preseason Player of the Year and ended once again with a spot on the All-WCHA third team. In between, she led the team with 20 goals, 38 points and 166 shots. She also was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the WCHA All-Star Team.The 2010-2011 season ended with a second national championship in three years for Ammerman and the Badgers. Her two power-play goals in the NCAA Frozen Four and stellar play throughout the postseason earned her a spot on the Frozen Four All-Tournament team.Ammerman’s goal against Boston University ultimately won the championship game. She finished the season with 17 goals, eight on the power play, and a total of 46 points, six of which came during a weekend sweep of St. Cloud State that earned her WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight year.This season, Ammerman currently leads the team in power play goals with six and sits second on the team with 22 assists, 38 points and a plus-minus of plus-33, behind only linemate and junior forward Brianna Decker in all three categories.Together, the pair has developed chemistry that has impressed head coach Mark Johnson and the rest of the coaching staff while contributing close to 40 percent of UW’s goals and points thus far.“[Ammerman and Decker] have been good; they’ve got quite a bit of chemistry,” Johnson said. “They create a lot of opportunities, score a lot of goals, do well on the power play, kill penalties [and] eat up a lot of minutes for us. When you find kids with good chemistry, you generally stay with it.”Ammerman is part of a Badger senior class that has accomplished a great deal, including winning national championships in 2009 and 2011. That senior class also set an NCAA record with 37 wins during the 2010-2011 season, including winning the last 27 straight. Before losing to Minnesota Oct. 16 this year, Wisconsin’s 32 straight wins tied a program and NCAA record.“They’re a fun group,” Johnson said of the senior class. “There’s some interesting personalities, but there’s a lot of energy, a lot of skill, a lot of talent within there. When they’re focused and working hard, they’re a pretty tough group to play against, and that’s certainly one of the reasons they’ve been successful. They have half a season to go, and hopefully it will continue.”With a tough matchup against Minnesota coming after this weekend’s series with Bemidji State, Ammerman, the rest of the seniors and Coach Johnson hope to avenge their only loss of the season with a weekend sweep. With the team currently riding a 12-game win streak, the senior class has a chance to create success similar to that of last year’s.With Ammerman currently on a 10-game point streak of her own, she has the opportunity to climb even higher among the ranks of Badger hockey greats.“I think we will be a good success,” Ammerman said. “There’s definitely going to be adversity along the way; it just depends on how we will bounce back from that. The second half [of the season] is really hard, but I think we will have a pretty exciting and successful season.”last_img read more

Baseball wins two games in season opener weekend

first_imgThe Trojans followed up their win Friday night with a commanding performance on Saturday. They claimed the second game of the series with a score of 11-0. The Trojans won two of their first three games against Nebraska Omaha to start the season 2-1. USC won in dramatic fashion on opening night, as senior second baseman Brandon Perez hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to seal a 6-5 victory at Dedeaux Field Friday night. Both teams were scoreless through the first three and a half innings of play, until USC scored eight unanswered runs in the fourth inning. The Trojans took the game with ease afterward. The team dug themselves into a deep hole in the first inning, as freshman pitcher Chandler Champlain gave up five runs to start the game. Hubbs replaced him midway through the first inning with sophomore pitcher Isaac Esqueda. “It definitely felt good to come back and get that win,” Perez said. “We had some rust to shake off for it being the first game of the season, but I’m glad that we came off on top.” Junior Chris Clarke pitches against Utah Valley. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) The Trojans managed to stop the Mavericks from scoring in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half of the inning, junior center fielder Matthew Acosta hit a single, allowing junior infielder Tyler Pritchard to score a run to tie the game at five apiece. Later in the inning, Perez kept his composure as he singled to left center field, scoring Acosta and winning the game for the Trojans 6-5. “We were able to stay within and have zone discipline,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “We got to their reliever and then we had the big inning. I think that coupled with Beller just continuing to throw zero, after zero, after zero made it tough on them because they couldn’t get anything going.” The Mavericks added to their lead by scoring two more runs and bringing the score to 5-2 in the middle of the eighth inning. But the Trojans brought the game to within one run after sophomore right fielder Jamal O’Guinn hit a home run, a two-run blast over the right field fence.center_img Despite the change, the Trojans still allowed 12 runs in the first five innings. The team demonstrated resilience by scoring eight unanswered runs, but it proved to be too little, too late for the Trojans. “I felt confidence throwing strikes today,” Beller said. “I knew the defense was going to play a great game behind me, so I just wanted to put the ball in play and make the plays behind me like they did.” The Trojans look to continue their winning form as they host Arkansas next weekend at Dedeaux Field. The first game between the two teams will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. USC put up a fight Friday as it was down 3-0 after the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, senior shortstop Chase Bushor hit a home run to bring the score up to 3-2. However, the Trojans were unable to claim the opening series sweep as they lost Sunday’s game 9-12. Beller showed confidence and composure as he took the mound Saturday, throwing five strikeouts in seven innings and giving up two walks. Following the first inning, Beller seemed untouchable, and the Mavericks could not seem to get a hit. Beller threw the first shutout of the season on Saturday. “When the ball goes up in the air, and it goes to the outfield, unless it’s barrelled up, I’m almost 100 percent confident that it’s going to get caught,” sophomore pitcher John Beller said. “Matt [Acosta] and Blake [Sabol] — they got wheels. Jamal [O’Guinn] has an absolute hose, so I have a lot of confidence when the ball goes into the air.”last_img read more