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No. 2 Badgers open up 2016 with 5-1 win over Minnesota Duluth

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MADISON, Wis.(Per UW Athletics) -- Thanks to a four-goal first period, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team opened 2016 with a 5-1 win over Minnesota Duluth on Friday at LaBahn Arena.

Wisconsin (19-1-1, 13-1-1-1 WCHA) picked up its 15th consecutive home win, matching the program’s longest home winning streak that lasted from Nov. 25, 2006 until Oct. 13, 2007.

The Badgers outshot Minnesota Duluth (9-11-1, 6-8-1-0 WCHA) 56-18, marking the sixth time this season the Badgers have taken 50 or more shots in a game.

The Badgers’ high-flying offense was paced by Sarah Nurse, who scored twice for the Cardinal and White. Mikayla Johnson, Erika Sowchuk and Annie Pankowski also lit the lamp in UW’s first game of the new year following a month long 

Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Healey took advantage of an early Bulldog power play in the second stanza, crashing in on Desbiens with her line mates and collecting an open rebound.

Both teams remained scoreless in third, despite the Badgers heavily outshooting UMD 20-1.

UW continues to lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 0.62 goals per game this season. The Badgers also lead the nation in penalty kill with a .951 clip.

The Badgers take to the ice again on Sunday, closing out the home conference series with Minnesota Duluth at Noon. The game will be televised on the Wisconsin Channel.

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