Senior defenseman Alev Kelter nets hat trick and adds assist for Badgers

Alev Kelter had a hat trick and an assist for the Badgers

WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- A total of 11 players recorded points as the Wisconsin women's hockey team dominated Lindenwood, 9-1, on Saturday afternoon. Brianna Decker tallied one goal and two assists to become the fifth Badger in program history to record 200 career points.

One night after Decker recorded a hat trick, Alev Kelter tallied one of her own, leading the Badgers with a game-high four points.

Wisconsin (3-0-1) entered the game looking to clean up small defensive errors that gave Lindenwood (0-4-0) an early lead in Friday's game. Making a statement early, the Badgers went up two goals within the first six minutes. Kelter started the scoring blitz at the 2:17 mark of the first period with an unassisted goal. Minutes later, Decker received helped from Madison Packer and Saige Pacholok to score her sixth goal of the season.

Kelter then helped create the Badgers third goal. After receiving a pass from freshman Erika Sowchuk, Kelter took a shot on net. The shot was turned aside by Lindenwood tender Taylor Fairchild, but Sowchuk picked up the rebound and put it in the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.

Wisconsin's offensive depth started to show as Katy Josephs scored 1:17 into the second period, receiving help from Blayre Turnbull and Courtney Burke. Seven minutes later, Packer scored an unassisted goal to put the Badgers up 6-0.

Wisconsin's hopes for its first shutout of the season became faint toward the end of the second period when the Badgers found themselves two players short on the penalty kill. As the Badgers returned one player from the box, Lindenwood's Alyssa West scored off a screen to make it 6-1.

However, just 23 seconds later, Kelter responded for the Badgers, scoring her second goal of the game, flattening any momentum gain the Lady Lions had from their goal. Freshman Kim Drake and Packer assisted on the goal.

Starting the third period off with a six-goal lead, the Badgers continued to pressure offensively. Karley Sylvester got in on the scoring, netting her third goal of the season after receiving passes from Natalie Berg and Decker.

At the 8:35 mark of the third period, Kelter capped off her hat trick scoring another unassisted goal for the Badgers. The final goal for the Badgers was scored 11 seconds later as Packer swiped in a loose puck off a scramble with Sylvester and Decker.

The Badgers were held scoreless on the power play, going 0-3 with the man advantage, while killing off four-of-five penalties.

Alex Rigsby made 16 saves in the win for the Badgers. Freshman goalie Jorie Walters made her collegiate debut in net, but did not see any shots on goal in the final 5:38 of the game.

Wisconsin completes its three-week road stretch next weekend against Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 13-14.