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Minnesota series won't change coach Mark Johnson's approach

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Badger women's hockey team is off to its best start in history. The Badgers are a perfect 16-0, outscoring their opponents by 73 goals. At one point they had a nine game streak without allowing a goal at all. Those numbers to any spectator, unbelievable, but they don't seem to leave the same impression with their coach.


"Personally i don't really look at it a lot. As coaches we look at what's next," coach Mark Johnson said.


Some may call that cliche or coach speak, but to the Badgers, that's just their coach.

"He brings this quiet confidence that you know it's there and you know he's going to come consistent," Badgers forward Annie Pankowski said.


Even Johnson's daughter Mikayla, who is a member of the team, never sees her dad out of character.


"He doesn't yell at all. He doesn't swear. It's kind of like [sighs], that's what you're going to get from him, but I think I like that and I think a lot of the players like that," Mikayla Johnson said.


This weekend the Badgers put their undefeated record on the line against 3rd-ranked Minnesota, a team they haven't beaten in their last 18 tries dating back to 2011.

"Yes it's getting a little frustrating not being able to beat them, but like I said it's a new start this year. We've been playing pretty well we just need to make sure we do the little things right against them," Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens said.

When asked if they've had this series circled for months, the Desbiens said, "no we didn't, we just look at it one game at a time."

Not taking the hook. Just like their even-keeled coach, whose consistent confidence has his team composed heading into the biggest series of the season.


"I think that's something that's going to be huge for this team, is to not get too excited and not hold our sticks too tight and I think coach is really going to bring that excitement of playing Minnesota down to, it's another weekend, we have to play Wisconsin hockey and it should be an outcome in our favor," Pankowski said.

Wisconsin hosts Minnesota Friday night at 7pm and then Saturday at 3pm.

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