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No. 3 Badgers bury North Dakota, 2-0

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MADISON, Wis. -- Following an exciting 2-1 triumph in overtime Friday during the first game of its weekend series, the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team continued its success against North Dakota Sunday with a 2-0 win at LaBahn Arena.

Junior Kim Drake and freshman Baylee Wellhausen led the offensive strike for the Badgers, each tallying a goal in the shutout victory. Wellhausen scored her second goal of the weekend series in the effort, while Drake recorded her first goal and second point of the season.

With the win, the Badgers (17-2-1, 13-2-1-0 WCHA) head into their winter break with a 12-game unbeaten streak and a nine-game winning streak.

“We're looking for that consistency,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “In our first 20 games we were pretty consistent. We played 12 of those games on the road, which is tough from an academic standpoint. I give the players a lot of credit.”

“Similar to Friday I thought we had three good periods, created some chances, and it was a great way to finish out 2014. It's nice to win that last game, it makes everything a little bit more enjoyable.”

Wisconsin also took its season series against North Dakota (7-9-2, 6-8-2-1 WCHA), winning three of the four contests against UND.

Senior Karley Sylvester assisted in both goals, bringing her season total to a team-high 17 assists. UW outshot UND 41-21 overall, as sophomore goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens made 21 saves in her seventh shutout of the season. Desbiens moves to 14-2-1 on the season with the victory.

“Every single save is important in these type of games,” Desbiens said. “The last couple of games have been really close, so even if you don't get as many saves, you need to make sure you're focused on every single shot to keep your team in the game.”

Both squads saw multiple scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes of play, but only the Badgers could get on the board as Drake sent a slapshot into the back of the net at the 14:24 mark to give UW a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.

Desbiens made seven saves in the first as UW outshot UND 14-7.

Each team sent players to the penalty box in the heart of the second period, bringing on just under a minute of 4-on-4 hockey followed by over a minute of UND power play.

Just seconds after UW killed the North Dakota power play opportunity, Sylvester broke away with the puck and flicked it to Wellhausen in front of UND's crease. Wellhausen punched it past Shaw, resulting in her second goal of the series and a 2-0 UW advantage 12:21 into the period.

The Badgers were unable to capitalize on another two minutes of power play late in the period, leaving the score at 2-0 with 20 minutes left to play in the game. UW again outshot North Dakota in the second period, 11-7. The Badgers were 0-3 on the power play after the first two periods.

The 1,990 fans at LaBahn Arena saw a scoreless third period, but not one without action. North Dakota managed to hold off two more UW power play opportunities, and a double-penalty called in the heart of the period resulted in an aggressive two minutes of 4-on-4 play.

Wisconsin tallied 16 more shots in the final 20 minutes, while UND picked up another seven.

North Dakota spent 12 total minutes in the penalty box on six penalties, but Wisconsin was unable to capitalize on any of its five power play opportunities.

The Badgers enter a month-long holiday break before returning to the ice in a two-game series against Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 10-11. The series begins with a 4 p.m. match-up on Friday before concluding the following day with a 2 p.m. game.

Following UW's road series against the No. 2 Golden Gophers, the Badgers will play three of their next four series at home against ranked opponents. UW hosts No. 9 Bemidji State Jan. 16-17, No. 6 Clarkson Jan. 24-25 and No. 8 Minnesota Duluth Feb. 6-7.

“We have some good series coming up with Bemidji State, Clarkson and Minnesota Duluth coming in,” Johnson said. “It will be a good opportunity to continue that process every weekend trying to get better. It was a good first half, a good 20 games, and I have no complaints about it at all.”

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