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Desbiens breaks NCAA shutout record in Badgers’ 6-0 win

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MADISON, Wis. – In NCAA Division I men's or women's hockey, no goaltender has had more shutouts in a single season than Wisconsin women's hockey goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens, as the junior recorded her 18th shutout of the year as the No. 3 Badgers blanked Minnesota State, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.

Her record-breaking blank slate along with goals from six different Badgers helped UW advance to the WCHA Final Face-Off for a sixth-consecutive year.

Desbiens made 10 saves in front of a sell-out crowd at LaBahn Arena to break former Minnesota goaltender Noora Raty's record of 17 set during the 2012-13 season.

"I was excited, I'll be honest," Desbiens said. "It definitely feels good. I think the best part about breaking the record was seeing my dad's face in the stands. I was just really glad my family was able to be here for this moment."

Desbiens continues to lead the nation with a 0.77 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage. The 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 finalist has gone 30-3-1 in net for the Badgers this season. The team leads the country in defensive scoring, allowing only 0.72 goals per contest this season.

"When you think about it, we have played 36 games and she has 18 shutouts," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "I'm not even sure how they describe that, it's one of those things you don't think about or plan for, it just evolves and it just happens. The more I think about it, the more amazing it is, you play 36 games and half of them are shutouts.

"Kudos to her and certainly to the players who are playing in front of her."

Wisconsin (32-3-1) outshot Minnesota State (3-29-4) 41-10 through the game.

The Badgers wasted no time lighting the lamp, as Baylee Wellhausen put away a rebound to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead early in the first period. Later, with less than 10 seconds remaining in the frame, Sydney McKibbon would slam home a loose puck to widen the lead to 2-0.

The Badgers killed off three penalties in the second stanza, continuing to lead the nation's penalty kill with a .942 clip.

Junior Mellissa Channell tabbed her second goal of the weekend midway through the second period on a rocket from the blue line for the Badgers' third goal of the game.

Wisconsin put the game out of reach in the final period, as Emily Clark, Annie Pankowski, and Jenny Ryan each registered goals by the five-minute mark for a lead of 6-0. Ryan's power-play goal marked her 30th point of the season, ranking fourth among the nation's defensemen.

Pankowski scored a team-high three points during the game, raising her career total to 98 points. A top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, Pankowski needs two points to become the 20th Badger to reach 100 career points.

"It's all in a day's work," Pankowski said. "When you play with people like Emily (Clark) and Sam (Cogan) it makes your job a lot easier.

"I think Sam sees the ice very well and she's great at getting those pucks just by giving that little extra effort. I think that has really helped Emily and I out a lot. She fits well into that spot."

"We were talking about our chemistry and I think when somebody scores, all of her teammates get excited for that individual," Johnson said of the balanced scoring.

The Badgers travel to Minneapolis for the WCHA Final Face-Off, facing Minnesota Duluth on March 5 in the semifinals. Faceoff at Ridder Arena is set for 2 p.m.

"We are guaranteed one more game," Johnson said. "We will get an extra day of prep with the game on Saturday and if you are fortunate, then you get to play Sunday night for a championship.

"It's a short season. We won two games and now we are guaranteed one more."

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