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Clark nets two, No. 2 Badgers sweep Huskies

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MADISON, Wis.(Per UW Athletics) — Behind two goals from Emily Clark and Ann-Renee Desbiens’ 14th shutout of the year, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team earned its 20th-consecutive home win on Sunday, topping St. Cloud, 3-0, at LaBahn Arena.

Desbiens tied the school record for shutouts in a season, making 13 saves to earn her 24th win of the season for the Badgers (26-1-1, 20-1-1-1 WCHA).

The La Malbaie, Quebec, native now has 31 career shutouts to pass former UW netminder Alex Rigsby and former New Hampshire goaltender Melissa Bourdon for third on the NCAA all-time list.

Only Minnesota’s Noora Raty (43) and UW legend Jessie Vetter (39) have more career shutouts than Desbiens.

This season, Desbiens leads the nation with a .966 save percentage and a 0.62 goals-against average through her 26 games played. The Badgers also lead the nation’s scoring defense, allowing only 0.57 goals per contest as UW has blanked its opposition in 16 of its 28 games this year.

Junior Sarah Nurse scored the game-winning goal for Wisconsin, while Clark notched two third-period insurance goals against the Huskies (11-13-3, 7-12-3-3 WCHA).

Both squads went scoreless through the first frame, despite Wisconsin outshooting the Huskies, 12-4, through 20 minutes.

Nurse’s short-handed goal came five minutes into the second frame to give Wisconsin the 1-0 lead. Senior Rachel Jones was called for high sticking, but St. Cloud’s player-advantage couldn’t stop Nurse from skating the length of the ice and shooting a dagger over SCSU netminder Katie Fitzgerald’s glove.

Nurse leads the Badgers with 20 goals, ranking sixth nationally in goals per game. Nurse is also tied for second nationally in short-handed goals with all three of her short-handed tallies coming against the Huskies.

The Badgers outshot St. Cloud 16-1 in the final frame, capitalizing on the wide shot margin with a pair of goals from Clark. Her first goal came after freshman Sam Cogan skated in and then dished a centering pass to Clark for an open shot to the net.

Clark’s second opportunity came again from Cogan, but this time off of a rebound. Clark picked up the rebound from Cogan’s initial shot, turned and fired on Fitzgerald to give the Badgers the 3-0 lead.

Sophomore Annie Pankowski also assisted both of the goals, her season point total now at 44 points from 17 goals and 27 assists. Last season, Pankowski tallied 43 points in her freshman campaign to be named the USCHO.Com Rookie of the Year.

The Badgers travel next to Ohio State this Friday and Saturday for a WCHA matchup. Friday’s game is set for a 6 p.m. CT start while Saturday’s game starts at 3 p.m.

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