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No. 2 Badgers complete sweep of Buckeyes

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 MADISON, Wis. – The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team peppered Ohio State with 47 shots and converted two power play goals to complete a series sweep of the Buckeyes with a 3-0 victory Sunday at LaBahn Arena.

Senior Brittany Ammerman tallied two goals in the game, bumping her season total to five scores, as the River Vale, New Jersey, native, paced the Badgers (6-0-0, 4-0-0 WCHA).

The senior forward cushioned a 1-0 UW lead halfway through the second period with a top-shelf goal. Skating below the goal line, line mate Blayre Turnbull fed the puck out front toward a crowd of players. Ammerman escaped the Ohio State defenseman marking her and buried a shot just under the crossbar to put UW up 2-0.

It was clear Ammerman was hungry for another tally late in the game on the power play, as she dove, sending the puck over the goal line with just under a second remaining in the contest. During the play, she rammed her body into the post and was pancaked by numerous Buckeyes (2-2-0, 0-2-0-0 WCHA), but was happy to sacrifice herself to seal the win, she said after the game.

“The final two games in the NCAA tournament last year, I had a nice assist and goal and I think that just carried into this year,” Ammerman said. “Obviously Blayre (Turnbull), (Katy) Josephs and I have been playing together for almost two years now, so I think that helps a lot.”

Sophomore Ann-Renee Desbiens recorded her second-straight shutout, stopping all 18 shots she faced to move to 4-0-0 on the season.

Desbiens credited much of her success to the impressive play of the defensive core in front of her. The Badgers finished with 13 blocked shots.

“Every single shot they block is amazing for me because then I don't have to block it,” the La Malbaie, Quebec, native said. “It's nice they put themselves in front of the puck and aren't scared to do that for the team. I'm really proud of all of them.”

Ammerman echoed her goaltender's pleasure:

“It's nice to have defense that we can trust and we know everyone's working together. And then having Ann-Renee (Desbiens) in net, she is a brick wall 99 percent of the time. It's nice to have trust within everyone.”

The Badgers got on the board with just over five minutes remaining in the first frame, as Sydney McKibbon scored on a UW power play.

Wisconsin finished 4-for-11 on the man advantage in two games this weekend, putting the team at 8-for-29 this season—nearly a 30 percent success rate.

“(Our success on the power play) has a lot to do with chemistry,” Ammerman said. “We only lost Madison Packer on our power play from last year. We just talk about creativity and movement and we did a good job moving around and creating opportunities.”

The Badgers killed five penalties in the game to remain a perfect 28-for-28 on the season.

“We've been pretty aggressive so far (on the penalty kill), UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “When you have a good goaltender and a good penalty kill it makes everyone's job easier. We've got kids willing to block shots and we've got a goaltender that positions herself well.”

After a weekend shutout, Wisconsin is outscoring its opponents 30-4 and leads the nation in scoring offense, averaging five goals per game.

The Badgers host No. 1 Minnesota at 7 p.m. on Friday in the first meeting of the year between the two Border Battle rivals. 
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