MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team continued to dominate offensively and defensively with another shutout victory, downing Minnesota State, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
The win improves the Badgers' record to 7-3-2 (3-3-2-2 WCHA), as Wisconsin heads into a bye weekend. Minnesota State drops to 4-6-2 (2-4-2-1 WCHA).
Alex Rigsby recorded 22 saves and her defense blocked six shots to extend the Badgers' shutout streak to 189 minutes. Wisconsin hasn't allowed a goal since the Oct. 26 game against New Hampshire.
"People playing in front of Alex (Rigsby) are doing things to keep the puck out of our end," said head coach Mark Johnson. "We bend but don't break to the point where we are giving up a lot of quality chances and the ones we do give up, Alex is able to see them and make the saves. The combination of all that makes it a little more challenging for other teams."
The first goal of the game came from Alev Kelter. With a pass from Erika Sowchuk, Kelter put the puck under the stick of MSU goaltender Danielle Butters for her sixth goal of the season. The Badgers held the Mavericks to only seven shots in the first period.
In the second period, the offense kept rolling. Katarina Zgraja recorded her first goal of the season, off a harsh-angle shot just barely above the goal line on the left side of the net. Butters misplayed the shot, and deflected the puck behind her knee and into the goal, to put the Badgers up 2-0.
Brianna Decker scored her first goal of the game in the second period off a defensive pass breakup. Kelter tipped a clearing attempt and Decker picked up the loose puck, putting it top shelf past Butters' glove.
The offense kept rolling and less than 30 seconds into the third period, Karley Sylvester took a shot that Butters turned away, but Decker was there for the follow-up shot and goal. Decker now has 12 goals on the season.
Later in the third, Katy Josephs moved the puck around the boards to Courtney Burke on the left point. Burke walked into the slot and fired a shot that was saved by Butters. This time Blayre Turnbull jumped on the loose puck and scored her first goal of the season.
Wisconsin was perfect on the penalty kill again today, but so was Minnesota State as they kept the Badgers scoreless on the three power-play opportunities. The Badgers out-shot the Mavericks 40-22.
"Over the course of our 12 games we have gotten better," said Johnson. "Keep practicing hard, keep doing the right things and we will get better."
Wisconsin has a bye week next weekend for the Women's Four Nation Cup in Finland, in which Decker and Rigsby will be playing in. The Badgers return to the ice when they travel to Ohio State on Nov. 16-17.
- Wisconsin records third-consecutive shutout
- Brianna Decker scores two goals
- Alex Rigsby hasn't allowed a goal in nine periods