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Badgers Desbiens locks in 42nd career shutout with 3-0 win vs. Mavs

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MANKATO, Minn. – Thanks to a balanced attack and senior Ann-Renee Desbiens’ 42nd career shutout, the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team earned a 3-0 victory over Minnesota State on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Center.

Desbiens stopped all 14 shots she faced from the Mavericks (2-6-1, 0-6-1-0 WCHA) to earn her fourth shutout of the season for the Badgers (8-0-1, 6-0-1-1 WCHA). The La Malbaie, Quebec, native is now one shutout away from matching Minnesota’s Noora Raty’s NCAA ice hockey record, regardless of gender or division, of 43 career blank slates.

Seniors Jenny Ryan, Sarah Nurse and sophomore Sophia Shaver all lit the lamp for UW in the victory as the Badgers dominated in possession despite being without forwards Annie Pankowski, who is currently with the U.S. National Team, and Sam Cogan.  In addition, captain Sydney McKibbon recorded two assists in the triumph.

Ryan put the Badgers on the board early in the first period, firing a rocket from the point into the net for her third goal of the year. It also marked Ryan’s second power-play strike, which is tied for the team lead.

Nurse doubled the UW four minutes into the second period as she took a feed from Sydney McKibbon and slotted the puck home. It marked Nurse’s team-leading ninth goal of the season and her sixth goal in the last three games.

Less than two minutes later, Shaver recorded her third goal of the season thanks to a great pass from Abby Roque to give UW a 3-0 advantage.

Wisconsin outshot Minnesota State 37-14 as the Badgers have now outshot their opponents in each of their nine games this year. UW was 1-for-3 on the power play, while killing all three of its penalties.

The two teams wrap up their series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. clash in Mankato.

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