WISCONSIN SKATES PAST ST. CLOUD STATE, 6-1
Senior forward Brooke Ammerman posts goal and three assists for Badgers
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin got off to an early lead in its series wrap-up against St. Cloud State and never looked back. Sparked by three goals in the first period, the Badgers earned the weekend sweep over the Huskies with a 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon.
With an assist on the third goal of the game, Hilary Knight became the fourth Badger to reach 100-career assists. She also became the second player in UW history and eighth in NCAA Division I women's hockey history to record 100 goals and 100 assists.
Sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby also reached a milestone in the game becoming the fourth Badger goaltender to record 1,000 saves after making 11 in the contest. She also became just the second goalie in school history to reach the mark within the second year of competition.
The Badgers improve to 15-1-0 (9-1-0-0 WCHA) on the season, while St. Cloud State falls to 1-13-2 (0-10-0-0 WCHA).
Less than two minutes into the game, Brooke Ammerman found the back of the net to put the Badgers on the board. Three and a half minutes later, Stefanie McKeough scored her first goal of the season with assists from Ammerman and Katarina Zgraja.
Wisconsin extended its early lead after Brittany Ammerman connected with Hilary Knight on the side of the net. Knight tried jamming the puck past SCSU goalie Tayler VanDennaker, but needed the help of Katy Josephs, who tapped the puck in on the other side of VanDennaker, to put the Badgers up 3-0 at the 16:13 mark.
The second period saw the Huskies step up their play even though they were out-shot 23-4 in the period. Led by great saves from VanDennaker, the Huskies scored the first goal of the period at the 12:36 mark, after Alex Nelson got a shot to trickle into the net.
Wisconsin finally beat VanDennaker at the 16:33 mark as its power play winded down. Brianna Decker found Brooke Ammerman on the left-side boards. Brooke Ammerman then slid the puck across the front of the net to an open Karley Sylvester for a back-door goal.
Less than a minute later, Brooke Ammerman etched her name on the score sheet once more as she came down on a two-on-two breakaway with Lauren Unser. Scoring her second goal of the season, Unser found the back of the net to put the Badgers up 5-1 at the end of the second period.
Wisconsin put the nail in the coffin early in the third period when Knight netted her 15th goal of the season. At the 2:49 mark, Packer came up the left side and found Brittany Ammerman. She made a pass over to Knight who sniped the top corner over VanDenakker's shoulder, to push the Badger lead to a game total, 6-1.
The Badgers look to continue their winning streak next weekend as they travel to Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday. Game times are set for 7 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.