MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team recorded its second shutout in a row, with a 2-0 victory over Minnesota State on Friday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
"As we get deeper into the season, it is better to have more people jumping up on the score sheet and getting deeper into our roster," said head coach Mark Johnson. "So obviously that was huge today with Erika (Sowchuk) and Alev (Kelter) scoring goals. If you are able to do that and create some depth within your scoring, it just makes you a different looking team."
Alex Rigsby recorded 14 saves in net for the Badgers (6-3-2, 2-3-2-2 WCHA), extending her shutout streak to 129 minutes. The 14 shots against is the fewest the Badgers have allowed in a single game so far this season. MSU goaltender Danielle Butters recorded 37 saves for the Mavericks (4-5-2, 2-3-2-1 WHCA), while her defense blocked 18 shots.
Wisconsin got on the board first with a goal from Erika Sowchuk. After wide shot from Karley Sylvester, Madison Packer worked the puck out of the corner to Sowchuk. Making a move past two defenders on the right side of the crease, Sowchuck netted her second goal of the season putting the puck through Butters five-hole.
Both teams went scoreless in the second period. Wisconsin was unable to capitalize on three power-play opportunities, but killed off one penalty.
Alev Kelter scored UW's second goal six minutes into the third period. After losing control of the puck near the MSU goal, Kelter intercepted a clearing attempt by a Maverick defenseman and snuck it over the left glove of Danielle Butters.
Both team's PK units were perfect on the night, with Wisconsin killing off three penalties and Minnesota State killing off six.
"From the start to the end we didn't give them a lot of opportunities, and I thought the penalty kill was really good today too," said Johnson. "Usually when the goaltender is on they become your best penalty killer. So a lot of things go into it and for the most part, I was really pleased with our effort today."
The Badgers return to LaBahn Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the last game of the WCHA matchup against Minnesota State.
- Wisconsin earns first conference win at LaBahn Arena
- Badgers record second-consecutive shutout
- UW held MSU to a season-low 14 shots