St. Cloud, Minn.- No. 1 Wisconsin jumped out to an early lead and downed the Huskies Saturday afternoon, winning 6-2 at the National Hockey Center.
The Badgers dominated the first period, outshooting the Huskies 17 to 4 on their way to a 4-0 lead. The first period goals came from Katy Josephs (4), Brittany Ammerman (9), Carolyne Prevost (20), and Stephanie McKeough (4).
Wisconsin took a 5-0 lead at the 9:49 mark of the second period on a goal from Brooke Ammerman (25).
St. Cloud State narrowed the Badger lead to 5-1 on a goal from junior forward Alex Nelson (7), 14:14 into the second. Sophomore Julia Gilbert and junior Haylea Schmid got credit for the assists on the play.
Hilary Knight was the biggest story of the game for Wisconsin. Her goal at the 7:43 point of the third period put the Badgers up 6-1. The goal was the 28th of the season for Knight. It was also her sixth point of the game, as she had assists on all five of Wisconsin's other goals.
SCSU would get one more with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation. Senior forward Brittany Toor netted her seventh goal of the season to make it a final score of 6-2 in favor of Wisconsin. Picking up an assist on the play was freshman Abby Ness. That marked the 11th assist on the season for Ness who leads the Huskies in that category.
Alex Rigsby played the first 55:53 in net before being replaced by Nikki Kaasa with 4:07 to go in the final period. Rigsby made 24 saves for Wisconsin while allowing the one goal. Freshman goaltender Julie Friend played the first period for the Huskies making 13 saves and allowing four goals. Senior Tayler VanDenakker played the final two periods in net for St. Cloud State allowing two goals and making 27 saves.
SCSU (5-25-2, 4-22-0 WCHA) will be at home next weekend in the regular season finale as they take on Bemidji State. Game times set for 2:07 PM for both Friday and Saturday at the NHC.