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Badgers make it 19 straight home victories, 3-0 over St. Cloud State

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MADISON, Wis. (Per UW Athletics) —In front of its eighth sellout crowd of the year, the No. 2-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team topped St Cloud State, 3-0, thanks to a pair of points from Emily Clark and Courtney Burke.

The Badgers (25-1-1, 19-1-1-1 WCHA) outshot the Huskies (11-12-3, 7-11-3-3 WCHA) 49-15 on the contest, marking the 15th time the team has taken 40 or more shots in a game.

UW goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens registered her NCAA-leading 13th shutout in the win, the 30th of her career. Desbiens is now in a three-way tie with UW legend Alex Rigsby and New Hampshire's Melissa Bourdon for the third-place spot in NCAA history for career shutouts. Desbiens continues to lead the nation with a 0.65 goal-against average and a .965 save percentage.

The Badgers struck first blood, as Clark walked the puck out from below the right circle and her shot slipped in the net between SCSU netminder Katie Fitzgerald’s legs just three minutes into the game. Clark’s team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season gave the Badgers the 1-0 that held until the third period of the contest.

Wisconsin dominated the first period, holding the Huskies to five total shots in the first period, only three of which reached Desbiens.

Despite Wisconsin outshooting St. Cloud 17-6 and the Huskies having three power-play opportunities in the second period, neither team was able to light the lamp.

It was not until there were five minutes remaining in the final period that freshman Sam Cogan doubled the Badgers’ lead. Cogan snagged a loose puck in the neutral zone and placed her backhand shot behind Fitzgerald to give the Badgers the 2-0 lead.

St. Cloud State pulled Fitzgerald for a player-advantage, allowing junior Sarah Nurse to tab the empty-net insurance goal. Nurse leads the Badgers with 19 goals this season, and ranks sixth in the NCAA with a 0.83 goals per game average.

The Badgers complete the conference series against St. Cloud State on Sunday. The contest is set for a noon start at LaBahn Arena.

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