Junior goaltender Alex Rigsby stops 23 shots for Badgers

Alex Rigsby made 23 saves for the Badgers

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud State University women's hockey team played host to the #8/9 University of Wisconsin Friday in game one of a two game WCHA series at the National Hockey & Event Center. The Badgers defeated the Huskies 6-0.

Wisconsin took an early 1-0 lead at the 9:18 mark of the first period on their first power-play advantage just after SCSU's Julie Friend laid out for a huge save. The Badgers second goal came at the 13:27 mark of the first period with a shot from the blue line by Saige Pacholok.

The Badgers were able to take a 3-0 lead just before the end of the first period as Kelly Jaminski fired a shot off from the left face-off circle.

Wisconsin outshot the Huskies 16-12 in the first period.

The Huskies played some good defense in the second period holding the Badgers to one goal at the 4:41 mark to make it a 4-0 game.

The Badgers came out in the third period scoring just 44 seconds into the period and then again 1:30 into the period making it a 6-0 game.

St. Cloud State could not jump back into the game after trailing 3-0 in the first period. The Huskies recorded 23 shots on goal but could not get any into the net.

Friend recorded 35 saves in the net for the Huskies, while Wisconsin's Alex Rigsby totaled 23 saves for the win.

St. Cloud State (8-19-2, 4-18-1-0 WCHA) and Wisconsin (16-9-2, 12-9-2-2) will return to action Saturday for game two of their final regular season meeting of the 2012-13 campaign. The drop of the puck is set for 2:07 p.m. at the National Hockey & Event Center.