St. Cloud, Minn. -- The University of Wisconsin's Brooke Ammerman (3g, 1a) and Meghan Duggan (1g, 4a) combined for nine points to lead the #2-ranked Badgers past St. Cloud State University (0-16-1, 0-13-1-1 WCHA) by a score of 6-1 on a snowy December 11th afternoon in the National Hockey Center.
Senior alternate captain Courtney Josefson (Bemidji) sparked the Huskies with her first goal of the season at 6:38 of the final period to erase all hopes of a Wisconsin shutout. The goal, which marked the second of Josefson's career, was the first goal for the Huskies in eight periods of play.
St. Cloud State's senior goaltender Ashley Nixon (Blaine) was also on top of her game today despite giving up six goals, four of which were on the power play. Nixon tabbed 39 saves this afternoon and totaled 82 in the weekend tilt against Wisconsin.
The Huskies sported a perfect shooting percentage in the initial frame, putting all six shots on Wisconsin's net. The #2 Badgers gathered momentum behind the tough play of sophomore goalie Becca Ruegsegger and rattled off two unanswered goals by Brooke Ammerman in the first period.
The first tally was an even-strength goal at 4:47. Ammerman skated the puck in the Husky zone along the right boards and was able to get by SCSU's rookie forward Sydney Burghardt (Medicine Hat, Alberta). Ammerman deked Nixon to the right and wrapped the puck around the senior netminder to score stick side. Ammerman then upped her season goal total to nine on the power play at 17:11. Wisconsin's Stefan McKeough fired off a shot from the point and Ammerman, planted in front of the Husky net, got her stick on the puck to redirect the puck past Nixon.
After 20 minutes of play, Wisconsin was out-shooting the Huskies 20-6.
In the second period the Badgers upped their lead to 4-0 with goals from Brianna Decker (8:58) and Meghan Duggan (19:03), both of which were on the skater advantage.
Ammerman netted the natural hat trick at the 6:07 mark of the final period. Duggan caught a pass behind the Husky net and centered the puck to Ammerman who was waiting on the far door step. Without a St. Cloud State defender in front, Ammerman had the easy tap in goal for her tenth of the season.
To SCSU's credit, the Huskies never quit and continued to skate hard. And just 21 seconds later, St. Cloud State answered with its lone goal of the contest at 6:38. First year forward Kayla Capistrant (Roseville) fired off a shot on net. Wisconsin's Ruegsegger made the initial pad save and sent the rebound to her left side. SCSU's Josefson was waiting just outside the slot and slammed the puck home for her first tally of the 2010-11 season. Sophomore blue-liner Lisa Martinson was credited the second assist on the scoring play.
Of note, the assist marked the first career helper for Capistrant and the first assist of the season for Martinson.
Wisconsin added their sixth and final goal of the game at 10:47 when Decker connected on a 2-on-1 rush into the Husky zone.
The Badgers were perfect on the power play this afternoon, both offensively and defensively, as Wisconsin went 4-for-4 with the skater advantage and blanked the St. Cloud State power play (0-for-4).
Although the Huskies were out-shot 45-16 on the day, St. Cloud State stayed nearly even with the Badgers on face-offs, 26-30.
With the win, the Badgers improve to 16-2-0 overall and 12-2-0-0 in the WCHA. St. Cloud State, who falls to 0-16-1 overall and 0-13-1-1 in the league, will now take two weekends off for the Holiday Break before hosting the Easton Holiday Showcase, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1-2, in the National Hockey Center.