MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team completed the weekend sweep over Lindenwood University, downing the Lady Lions by a score of 13-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers out-scored the Lady Lions 24-0 over the weekend, as Lindenwood played in its first competition against a NCAA Division I opponent. The fledgling program is in transition from the club level to the DI level this year.
"I think it was good for us and good for (Lindenwood)," commented head coach Mark Johnson about the weekend. "It's the early part of the season and we've only practiced four days. A lot of good things were out there, but we have a bunch of stuff ahead of us."
The 13 goals scored sits tied for third on the NCAA all-time list for most goals scored in a game by a team.
The two stars on offense were senior Hilary Knight and junior Brianna Decker as the two both recorded hat tricks, the fifth-career hat trick for Knight and third for Decker. Knight opened the scoring in the eighth minute and shortly put in a second just 22 seconds later on an amazing breakaway goal.
Knight grabbed the loose puck at center ice and crossed over the blue line with it. Faced against a Lindenwood defender, she then flipped the puck into the air and quickly batted it down through the defender's legs where she regained control of the puck on her stick. Knight then got off a quick release beating the goalie five-hole.
"Whenever I come into the game I just try to have fun with the puck and just see what works and what doesn't," Knight remarked about her highlight-reel goal. "I got lucky and put the puck up and it came down in the right area."
The UW defense was solid all night as well, with the Badgers keeping Lindenwood from recording a single shot on goal until the second period. Overall, UW out-shot Lindenwood 72-3.
"We were really focused on trying to stop them before they entered our zone, so we wouldn't have to worry about defensive play and that's probably why they didn't get very many shots," freshman defender Katarina Zgraja said. For the weekend, all 13 skaters in the UW lineup recorded points. Knight, Decker and Kelly Jaminski all had seven points over the two-game span.
All four freshmen scored their first collegiate goals over the weekend.
"After you get your first goal, you get more comfortable with the puck," Zgraja added. "It's good to get it done early in the season."
UW continues its unbeaten streak and improves its record to 27-0-2 in the last 29 games played.
The Badgers continued their dominance on special teams going 4-5 on the power play and successfully killing off their lone penalty in the contest.
Alex Rigsby picked up her 29th-career win making two saves in the game. Nikki Kaasa played the third period and recorded one save.
Wisconsin will be idle next weekend and will return to the ice on Oct. 8 when the Badgers host No. 7 North Dakota at the Kohl Center at 2 p.m.
- Hilary Knight recorded her fifth-career hat trick and Brianna Decker recorded her third-career hat trick
- All four freshman recorded their first collegiate goals over the weekend series
- The Badgers extend their unbeaten streak to 29 games (27-0-2)