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No. 2 Badgers open 2016 with sweep over Bulldogs

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MADISON, Wis. (Per UW Athletics) -- The No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team secured its 16th-consecutive home win, the longest streak in program history,  trumping Minnesota Duluth 3-1 on Sunday in front of a sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena.

The Badgers (20-1-1, 14-1-1-1 WCHA) extended their unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs (9-12-1, 6-9-1-0 WCHA) to 14 games, the longest streak against an opponent, as sophomore Annie Pankowski and juniors Jenny Ryan and Sarah Nurse each collected a goal and an assist in the win.

UW goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens collected 21 saves in the win, improving to 18-1-1 this season. She leads the country with a 0.71 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage.

Minnesota Duluth would rally late in the third period, outshooting Wisconsin 9-8 in the final frame. A goal from UMD junior Sidney Morin came with just under five minutes left in regulation, but was too little, too late as the Bulldogs could not recover the two-goal deficit.

Wisconsin hits the road next weekend to northern Minnesota take on No. 5 Bemidji State. Faceoff on both Friday and Saturday is set for 2 p.m. at the Sanford Center.

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