ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) tallied five assists, and sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) and junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) each recorded four points as No. 2 Wisconsin rallied for a 7-2 win over No. 10 Northeastern in the Easton Holiday Showcase at the National Hockey Center Saturday afternoon.
The Badgers scored three goals in the third period to break open a 4-2 game and extend their winning streak to five games.
In addition to Duggan, Decker and Knight, senior Anne Dronen (Chaska, Minn.) and freshman Madison Packer (Birmingham, Mich.) each had multi-point efforts as both picked up two points on one goal and one assist.
Sophomore Becca Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) made a season-high 26 saves and improved to 6-1-0 on the year. Northeastern's Florence Schelling made 29 saves and allowed four goals in the first two periods before Leah Sulyma relieved her in the third, stopping 12 shots and allowing three UW goals.
Wisconsin (16-2-0, 12-2-0 WCHA) held a 1-0 lead after the first period on a goal by Knight. The Badgers then scored three-straight goals to open the second period and led 4-0 midway through the game.
Dronen scored her first goal of the season just 44 seconds into the second frame. The blue liner ripped a shot from high in the slot to beat Schelling, and Knight and Duggan assisted on the play.
Decker and Packer each picked up second-period tallies before Northeastern's Maggie Brennolt scored her first goal of the season to make it 4-1 at 15:33.
Northeastern (10-4-4, 3-3-3 Hockey East) made it 4-2 early in the third period on a goal by Kristi Kehoe, but the Badgers responded with three-straight goals to earn the 7-2 victory.
Knight recorded her team-leading 21st goal of the season on the power play at 8:52 of the final stanza, and sophomore Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) put Wisconsin up 6-2 just 25 seconds later at 9:17. Decker capped the win with her second goal of the game at 14:16.
Wisconsin was 1-for-3 with on the power play and did not take a penalty in the game. The Badgers outshot the Huskies, 48-28.
St. Cloud State (0-16-1, 0-13-1-1 WCHA) takes on No. 4/5 Mercyhurst (13-3-0, 5-0-0 CHA) in the second game of the Easton Holiday Showcase, and the Badgers wrap up the tournament against Mercyhurst at noon tomorrow. Fans can follow along with the live Gameday Blog.