MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers' persistent offensive attacks could not be tamed for the second game in a row as the Wisconsin women's hockey team shut out St. Cloud State 6-0 in the concluding contest of its two-game series against the WCHA foe.
The No. 4 Badgers struggled to keep five players on the ice, tallying seven penalties and awarding the Huskies six power play opportunities. Wisconsin's defense held fast, led by freshman goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens.
Desbiens filled the Badgers' goal for the full 60 minutes, recording the first win and shutout of her college career. She tallied 17 saves during the contest.
"She played well and was very composed," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "It was certainly a big win for her as she starts her career and we're all excited for her. Hopefully she will continue to prosper and continue to get better."
A multitude of Wisconsin players contributed to the scoring streak, much like the Badgers' offensive outcome in Friday night's 4-1 victory over the Huskies. Johnson said the two wins are a sign of good things to come in the season.
"The wins should give us some confidence going forward with six solid periods," Johnson said. "And the big thing is we're getting better. That's the most important part, to continue to get better every game and every period."
Early in the first period and just seconds into a Wisconsin power play, sophomore Courtney Burke fired the puck past St. Cloud goaltender Katie Fitzgerald from just inside the blue line to put the Badgers up 1-0. Redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman and junior Blayre Turnbull both tallied assists in the effort, giving Turnbull her fourth assist of the season.
For attendees of Friday night's match-up, the first two periods looked very familiar. Wisconsin recorded 16 shots and the lone goal in the first, matching the counts of last night's initial stanza. The Huskies tallied 4 shots.
The Badger offense rallied in the second, matching the three goals of Friday's second period with another three today. Junior Karley Sylvester lit the lamp first on an unassisted power play goal early in the period. Turnbull followed suit just two minutes later with a short-handed goal, her second of the season. Ammerman finished the offensive effort with an unassisted breakaway goal that she punched over the shoulder of Fitzgerald 13 minutes into the period.
Ammerman's contribution brings her season goal count to five. After outshooting the Huskies 14-6 in the second, the Badgers led 4-0 heading into the final period.
Despite a comfortable lead, the Badgers didn't rest during the third stanza. Eleven minutes in, Ammerman managed to break away from the St. Cloud defense and connect with Turnbull near the net, awarding Turnbull her third goal of the season. Freshman Sarah Nurse then sent a wrist shot from 20 feet out past Fitzgerald with two minutes remaining, giving the Badgers the six-point lead they would finish with.
The pair of victories improves Wisconsin's overall season record to 4-2-0 and 2-2-0 in the WCHA. The Badgers face non-conference opponent Lindenwood in a two-game series at LaBahn Arena beginning Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
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