St. Cloud, Minn. -- St. Cloud State's senior goaltender Ashley Nixon (Blaine) backstopped the Huskies (0-15-1, 0-12-1-1 WCHA) with 43 saves in a 5-0 loss to the No. 2-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (15-2-0, 11-2-0-0 WCHA) on Friday afternoon (Dec. 10) in the National Hockey Center.
The Badgers were quick to strike, charting an even-strength goal at 1:16 of the first frame to take the early lead. Wisconsin's Brianna Decker netted her 13th goal of the season, sending a wrister from the left face-off circle past Nixon's right shoulder. The Badgers went on to score two more unanswered goals in the initial period. Madison Packer tallied her second goal of the season at 10:02 while teammate Brittany Ammerman scored at 12:36 to give the Badgers a convincing 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
After one period of play, Wisconsin was dominating the shot chart, 19-5. Of note, there was not a single penalty called in the first period.
The Huskies came out with a little more fire in their skates in the second period as Wisconsin edged the Huskies 14-11 in shots. The Badgers upped their lead to 4-0 with Hilary Knight's 19th goal of the season at 10:14. Screened in front, there was nothing SCSU's Nixon could do as Knight sent a blistering wrist shot top-shelf for the tally.
The final frame saw the contest's lone power play score of the game at 18:06 as Wisconsin's Geena Prough sent a slap shot straight through from the point.
Wisconsin's Alex Rigsby earned the victory between the pipes, stopping all 22 SCSU shots. Nixon, who made multiple spectacular saves, suffered the loss after stopping 43 Badger shots. For her efforts, Nixon was named the Second Star of the Game.
The Huskies, who were near even with the Badgers on face-offs (28-32), were led by rookie Kayla Capistrant (Roseville) who fired off four shots on net.
St. Cloud State will complete the league series with Wisconsin tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2:07 pm in the National Hockey Center.
Hockey fans, there are plenty of great seats available at the National Hockey Center for the game tomorrow afternoon. For complete ticket information, please call the SCSU Athletic Ticket Office at 320-308-2137 or 1-877-SCSUTIX.
If you can't make it out to the game, you can view LIVE STATS, LISTEN LIVE to the game via KVSC's website, tune in at 88.1 FM, or WATCH the WCHA contest live via America ONE.