Ammerman, Prevost, Decker team up for deadly line

first_imgWith a promising start to its 2011-2012 season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has found great success in one of its top offensive lines that may just be what the team needs to bring another national championship home to Wisconsin.The trio of junior Brianna Decker, senior Carolyne Prevost and senior Brooke Ammerman has set the tone for the Badgers this season through its impressive accumulation of points early on. Together, they account for 19 of the team’s 37 goals as well as 19 assists.“Everything is really positive,” Ammerman said. “We have had some great success together, so really I really can’t complain.”Success as a line has come from individual contributions by all three teammates. Each has found the back of the net multiple times this season, and they feed off one another’s accomplishments.“We each bring something different to the table and our line,” Prevost said.Leading the team with 15 points in the first six games, Brianna Decker has found the back of the net seven times and assisted on eight goals. Her aggressive and dominating performance thus far has not come as a shock to many who looked to her to be a leader on the ice this season.Last season, Decker racked up 34 goals and 46 assists, the most of any returning players.“I want to continue to get better at the little things and continue to compete and lead the way on the ice,” Decker said.With 14 total points from the six games so far this season, Brooke Ammerman is no less of a factor on the ice. Her seven goals and seven assists have come from hard work fighting for the puck in front of the net.The warm-welcomed surprise of the season has been the early success of Prevost, who, having only played in four games so far due to being away at a Canadian camp, has racked up five goals and four assists. While contributing 19 goals last season, she has stepped up her play and adds an element for surprise to the line though her quick, aggressive play.“[Prevost] brings a lot of speed to our line, and she is willing to work in the corners, she goes to the net hard and it’s easy to find her,” Ammerman said. “If Carolyne is willing to go to the corners and dig, it really helps us out, and it has shown so far.”Prevost’s success has not gone unnoted by her teammates, including senior captain Hilary Knight.“She has put in the time on the areas she has improved on,” Knight said. “We’re really lucky to have her.”The scoreboard has shown their chemistry on the ice, but behind it lies three teammates who have never played as a group before.While Ammerman and Decker have known one another before their Badger days playing on under-18 and under-22 national teams together, they have never before been line mates wearing red and white. And despite being the only two forwards who have been together for four years, Ammerman and Prevost have never before found themselves on the same line.“It’s weird that [Prevost and] I have never played together before, but it’s been good now,” Ammerman said.Experience also plays a huge role in the early success the line has had.“Playing with Meghan Duggan last year and Hilary Knight a little bit last year kind of paved the way for me and how I need to react and be on the ice,” Decker said. “I think that has carried over to this season, which is helping us.”While one might think the past success of the Badgers puts a great deal of stress on the line to perform, they see it as an opportunity and a right of passage that comes with their experience. Being able to look up to past players and watch their success unfold for the team creates passion, which helps them become victorious thus far.“We work well with pressure so it works in our favor,” Decker said. “When we relax out there and play like we can, it just kind of handles itself.”With such early success, the trio cannot help but look farther down the road. Being the last season at UW for both Ammerman and Prevost, it hopes continue its success in this early part of the season in pursuit of another national championship.“As a line and as a team we want to win a national championship,” Prevost said. “That’s our goal, and we focus on nothing less than that.”last_img

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