MADISON

November was a good month for Alexis Mauermann.

The Janesville native and University of Wisconsin sophomore forward began the month being named the WCHA’s Offensive Player of the Week thanks to three goals and an assist in a weekend sweep of Ohio State. She continued the strong play the next three series and eventually earned the WCHA’s Offensive Player of the Month award.

Mauermann would trade them both in, however, for a national title.

“I don’t get too caught up in the individual stuff,” Mauermann said in a phone interview. “It’s nice to be recognized, but all I’m worried about is being a part of what I hope is a national championship team.

“We know we have to go out and prove ourselves because being ranked No. 1 doesn’t really mean anything right now. We want to be ranked No. 1 at the end of the season when it counts.”

Wisconsin is 21-1 this season and has been ranked No. 1 since the first preseason poll came out. The Badgers also went through the majority of last season as the nation’s No. 1 team but lost 3-0 to Clarkson in the NCAA Division I title game.

Mauermann, the daughter of John and Sarah, had decent numbers as a freshman. She finished with seven goals and five assists and played in all 40 games.

Mauermann has skated primarily with the third line this season and has already surpassed her point total from a year ago. She is tied for second on the team with eight goals and has nine assists.

“I really don’t see that much difference from last year as far as my scoring goes,” Mauermann said. “I think more than anything, I’ve probably gotten a few more bounces and gotten the puck to the net.

“Things just seem to be clicking. I’ve been on the same line all season with Sam Cogan, and we seem to work well together on the ice.”

Mauermann graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Fairbault, Minnesota and chose Wisconsin over several other Division I schools. She enrolled early at the UW to get a head start on her training and academics, and said she loves Madison and its campus.

“There’s nothing like being a Badger,” Mauermann said. “We’ve got the best of everything. The best fans in the world. The best facilities around and the chance to play all our home games in front of a sell-out crowd.

“It’s like being a part of one big family. We support the other sports and go to their games, and they support us by coming to our games quite a bit.”

Winning a national title remains the ultimate goal for Mauermann and her teammates. Wisconsin completed a weekend sweep of St. Cloud State yesterday and is now off until returning to action January 13 against Minnesota State.

Mauermann will spend part of her Christmas break in Germany where she’ll vacation and watch her older brother, Ross, play for the Fischtown Pinguins.

Ross won a Division I national title at Providence. Alexis would trade a memorable November to do the same thing at Wisconsin.

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