Mauermann, Badgers chase NCAA title

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John Barry
Friday, March 17, 2017

The Mauermann siblings already have one national title.

Ross Mauermann won an NCAA Division I title with Providence College in 2015.

Little sister, Alexis, skates for one this weekend. Alexis is a freshman forward for the top-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.

Wisconsin faces off against Boston College at 5 p.m. today as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four in St. Louis. Minnesota and Clarkson play in the other semifinal.

Alexis said a second national title in three years for the Mauermann clan would be special.

“I know how awesome it was for everybody in our family when Ross won it,” Alexis said.

“I'm just really excited to have that same opportunity. It makes all the hard work I've put in worth it.”

Alexis has played in all 38 games for Wisconsin, which is 32-2-4 entering the Frozen Four. She has seven goals and five assists and a plus-minus ratio of +11, which means the Badgers have scored 11 more goals when she has been on the ice than they have allowed.

She has the second-best mark on the team with a .157 shooting percentage and was named WCHA Rookie of the Week earlier this season after scoring a pair of power-play goals against Minnesota State.

A Janesville native and daughter of John and Sarah Mauermann, Alexis graduated from Shattuck St. Mary's in Minnesota where she scored 17 points in 19 games last season to help lead her team to a national runner-up finish.

Alexis played for Peter Johnson at Shattuck St. Mary's. Her college coach is Mark Johnson, Peter's older brother and a star of the 1980 US Olympic team that won gold and prompted the iconic phrase by Al Michaels, “Do you believe in miracles?”

Alexis said the brothers have similar coaching styles.

“They're both unbelievably great coaches,” Alexis said. “And because I knew how Peter did things and his style of coaching, it made the decision to come to Wisconsin pretty easy.

“Both of them are very fair and straightforward. I've really enjoyed playing for both of them.”

Wisconsin has spent most of the season ranked first and received all 15 first-place votes in the final regular-season poll. The Badgers are riding a 21-game unbeaten streak and are averaging 4.1 goals per game. Opponents are averaging less than a goal a game.

Alexis said an 8-2 win over Frozen Four semi-finalist Minnesota on Dec. 4 set the tone for what she hopes is a championship-finish to the season.

“We all kind of looked at each other after that Minnesota game and realized we had a chance to do something special if we kept working hard,” Mauermann said. “Things have always felt right from the first day of practice, but something just connected with our team during that Minnesota game.

“But we know it's still one game at a time for us. BC is a great team and are going to play very aggressive. We just have to stick to what has worked for us.”

If the Badgers can do that, the Mauermann family will be celebrating another national title.

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