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No. 2 Badgers hold off No. 24 Buckeyes in series opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Per UW Athletics) – The No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team showed its grit on Friday night, grinding out a 2-1 win over Ohio State at the OSU Ice Rink to extend the Badgers’ winning streak to nine games.

Jenny Ryan scored late in the first period and Annie Pankowski tallied her 18th goal of the year in the third to lift the Badgers (27-1-1, 21-1-1-1 WCHA) to victory over the Buckeyes (9-19-1, 5-17-1-1 WCHA).

On UW’s second power play chance of the night, Ryan launched a rocket from above the left circle that found its way into the back of the net at the 18:20 mark of the first period. It marked the junior defenseman’s sixth-goal of the year and her 10th career tally. Mellissa Channell and Erika Sowchuk earned assists on the power-play strike.

UW created 11 shots on goal in the second, including a Sarah Nurse breakaway, but were unable to double the advantage.

In the third, Pankowski doubled the UW lead, sniping the puck into the top left corner off feeds from Emily Clark and Cogan just four minutes into the frame.

However, OSU would counter, as Claudia Kepler scored on a Buckeye rush midway through the third to cut the UW lead in half on Ohio State’s first shot on goal in the period.  

The Badgers survived a late push by the Buckeyes as OSU went on the power play with under 20 seconds remaining, but a Buckeye infraction with under 10 seconds to go ended the Ohio State power play opportunity.

Junior goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped 13 of the 14 shots she faced to improve to 25-1-1 on the season.

The two teams wrap up their WCHA series on Saturday with a 3 p.m. CT clash.

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