Junior goaltender Alex Rigsby surrendered three goals in the two losses to Minnesota-Duluth.[/media-credit]The Badgers’ offense was nowhere to be found last weekend, as the Wisconsin women’s hockey team not only suffered their first two defeats of the season, but were shutout twice on the road against Minnesota-Duluth at AMSOIL Arena.The 2-0 and 1-0 defeats marked the first time since 2001 that the Badgers (3-2-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) have not managed a single score in back-to-back games. The series also marked the end of a six-game road trip for Wisconsin, one which included games against Minnesota State and Lindenwood.“The toughest thing in our business is to score goals,” head coach Mark Johnson said at his weekly press conference. “We were unfortunate this weekend to come away empty-handed both nights. … Their goalie was good, and we didn’t capitalize on a lot of opportunities, especially on the powerplay.”What the Badgers did get in Duluth were several difficult breaks. In Friday’s game, the Bulldogs’ (2-2, 2-2) first goal came off a botched clear that left an open net for UMD forward Brienna Gillanders. The second goal came after a solid poke check from Wisconsin’s goaltender, Alex Rigsby, which sent the puck behind her into the Badgers’ net. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat was equally disappointing, as UW failed to find a breakthrough despite multiple chances and 25 shots on goal.As Johnson pointed out, the other problem for the Badgers was the lack of scoring on powerplays. While the defense looked impressive, thwarting all eight UMD powerplays, the Wisconsin offense was another story. On Friday, the powerplay unit went 0-for-5, as Bulldogs’ goaltender Kayla Black turned aside all 31 shots. Saturday’s effort was similar as the Badgers yet again failed to capitalize, finishing 0-for-3 on powerplays. Despite their first two losses of the season, UW’s head coach said his team is not panicking.“Everything’s pretty upbeat; everything’s pretty positive,” Johnson said. “The team has played pretty well. Unfortunately, we just came away this past weekend with not scoring the goals we needed to win hockey games.”Instead, they are looking forward to their home opener and the first game ever played at LaBahn Arena. The puck will drop in the brand new 2,400-seat arena Friday at 7 p.m. against Bemidji State, and game two of the series will take place Sunday at 2 p.m.Located directly behind the Kohl Center, LaBahn Arena is a sign of the growth of the Wisconsin women’s hockey program over the last decade. The program has won four national titles since 2006 and also has six Frozen Four appearances over that period.In regard to the new arena and the home opener, Johnson had only high praise.“The future is bright for the young athletes to get a chance to work out of the facility,” he said. “There’s so many wonderful things about it. Now we get to open it up Friday night. It will be a special week. It will be a special night for the hockey program.”Some wonder how long it will take to make LaBahn feel like home for the team, as the Badgers posted a 19-2 record at the Kohl Center last year. Johnson noted that the team is beginning to adjust to its new home.The more we play, obviously, the more comfortable we’ll be,” Johnson said. “But our players, after spending a couple of weeks in the locker room, spending a couple of weeks practicing, those things are starting to come.”The Badgers will look to start turning their new house into a home against a Bemidji State team they beat in all four games last year, and currently sits at the bottom of the conference with a 1-3 overall record. However, there is no guarantee Friday’s game will end with a comfortable victory, as the Badgers only escaped the last meeting with a one-goal victory.But it may take until the first puck drop Friday night for Johnson to fully absorb the changing face of his program. “I had to pinch myself this morning as I drove down to work,” he said. “It’s a reality. It hasn’t really hit me yet.”That’s understandable since the women’s hockey team has called the Kohl Center home since 1998, sharing the venue with the men’s hockey team and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.Once the game begins, Johnson believes that the “pinch myself” mindset will be gone and “reality will be with us Friday night.”And if they want to open their new arena on a positive note, the Badgers will be needing some goals as well.
Weddings, at least in the western tradition, are often quite similar. There’s the engagement period (sometimes short, sometimes years), the bachelor party, the giving away of the bride, the cake, and the honeymoon.But have you ever stopped to think about where these traditions originated and why they are still practiced today? Here are just a few of the more common wedding traditions, and their roots.The Bachelor or Stag PartyToday, men often have a bachelor or stag party (or for women, a hen night or bachelorette party) as a last “hurrah” before tying the knot with their beloved.The first reference to a “bachelor party” comes from the 19th century and can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, but parties celebrating the groom’s last night as a single man date from as far back as the 5th century BC in ancient Sparta.The groom on the way to the bath on the eve of the wedding (a group of men holding each other’s hands).Interestingly, the term “bachelor” originally meant a young knight-in-training, like a squire, and was mentioned in Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century work The Canterbury Tales when he referred to an unmarried man.White WeddingThe tradition of a bride wearing white for her wedding originated in Great Britain and was popularized by Queen Victoria.In 1840, when she married Prince Albert, Victoria wore a white lace court dress.Queen Victoria, in her wedding dress and veil from 1840, painted in 1847 as an anniversary gift for her husband, Prince Albert.SourceBucking the customary trend of royal brides wearing heavily brocaded and elaborate gowns, the Queen set a new fashion and news of her dress spread throughout the Empire and across North America.Other members of the elite soon followed in her footsteps. The tradition was not fully embraced by the middle-classes in Great Britain until after the Second World War, however.Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something BlueThe traditional rhyme ends with “and a sixpence in your shoe,” but as these are hard to come by today, many brides are happy with the first 4 elements. The “old” was to ward off evil and provide a sense of continuity as the bride begins her new life. This is often an heirloom of some variety, like a piece of jewelry from a family member.Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something BlueThe “new” represents optimism for the future, and is usually the bride’s dress itself. Something “borrowed” was said to bring the couple good luck, and can often have sentimental value. And the “blue” item was said to represent purity, love and fidelity.It is unknown from where the rhyme originated, but it dates from at least 1876, where it is referred to as “an ancient custom” in the book Bye-gones, Relating to Wales and the Border Counties.Giving Away the BrideIn many (if not most) weddings, a male family member walks the bride down the aisle to “give her away,” It is not always her father, as was the case with the Duchess of Sussex’s recent wedding, when her future father-in-law walked her down the aisle.Rear view of bride and father walking down the aisle with people in background during outdoor wedding. Horizontal shot.The tradition is often seen as the family member accompanying the bride on her way to her new life, and has been a part of weddings around the world for centuries.However, female children used to be the property of their fathers. By literally handing over his daughter, a father was transferring ownership and responsibility of her to her husband. Thankfully, however, the act is only a symbolic one in most weddings today.The CakeWedding cakes can be extremely elaborate, beautiful and very expensive.Traditionally, they take the form of tiers, embellished with everything from flowers to edible “pearls.” Wedding cakes are nothing new, however, and began as early as ancient Rome, when a simple cake would be broken over the bride’s head to bring good luck.Beautiful wedding cake, close up of cake and blur background, selective focus.During the Middle Ages, cakes were stacked as high as possible as a sort of dare for the bride and groom. If they could kiss over top of it, they would have a good marriage.From the 17th to 19th centuries a “bride’s pie” was often served, and would sometimes have a glass ring in it. Whoever found the ring would be the next to be married. Wedding cakes have evolved to indicate social status and wealth. The bigger and more extravagant the cake, the higher one’s social standing.The HoneymoonThe wedding is over and the happy couple embark on their honeymoon to a tropical island paradise to bask in their newly wedded bliss.Newlyweds leaving for their honeymoon boarding a Trans-Canada Air Lines plane, Montreal, 1946The term for this post-ceremonial vacation actually comes from the Old English “hony moone” and is quite literal. The “honey” part refers to the sweet, idyllic time that (hopefully) accompanies couples in their first weeks of marriage, roughly the span of one moon cycle, or four weeks.In 1542, Samuel Johnson described the honeymoon as, “the first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure.” Curiously, a 2015 study found that going on a honeymoon resulted in a lower risk of divorce.Carrying the Bride over the ThresholdThe tradition of a groom carrying his bride over the threshold, or through the doorway, of their home (or hotel room) has different meanings in different cultures. In ancient Rome, it was believed that a bride who tripped over the doorway would bring bad luck to her marriage. Carrying her prevented this from happening (assuming that the groom did not trip either).Carrying the Bride over the Threshold Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B1109-0017-001 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0Other darker origins may be that the bride was not particularly willing to be married, and had to be physically carried in to the groom’s home against her will. In Zoroastrianism, a groom cannot touch the doorjamb as he walks through it, after which his mother-in-law marks his forehead with a red pigment and then throws rice at him.Read another story from us: 6 of the Most Scandalous Women in HistoryBrides and grooms may not understand all of the origins of the rituals and traditions on their big day, but if they help to start the couple off on a happy marriage, then the more traditions, the better!