Wisconsin Skates Past Minnesota State, 8-2
Freshman forward Annie Pankowski nets hat trick for Badgers

Senior forward Blayre Turnbull registered three assists for the Badgers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:20  WIS1-0 EV Lauren Williams (1)Blayre Turnbull/6
1st 7:04  WIS2-0 EV Katy Josephs (6)Sarah Nurse/5, Sydney McKibbon/8
1st 8:01  WIS3-0 EV GW Emily Clark (5)Maddie Rolfes/1, Brittany Ammerman/7
1st 14:14  MNS1-3 EV Savannah Quandt (2)Amanda Martin/3
2nd 7:51  WIS4-1 EV Annie Pankowski (3)Blayre Turnbull/7, Mellissa Channell/5
2nd 9:04  MNS2-4 EV Nicole Schammel (4)Sara Bustad/1
2nd 16:18  WIS5-2 EV Karley Sylvester (5)Jenny Ryan/7, Blayre Turnbull/8
3rd 2:42  WIS6-2 EV Annie Pankowski (4)Mellissa Channell/6
3rd 9:59  WIS7-2 EV Annie Pankowski (5)Emily Clark/6, Katarina Zgraja/2
3rd 15:20  WIS8-2 EV Sydney McKibbon (4)Karley Sylvester/12, Maddie Rolfes/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  1102
Wisconsin  3238
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  66214
Wisconsin  32181767
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (0-10-1)  0/1 6/12 0
Wisconsin (10-2-1)  0/4 2/4 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Erin Krichiver (L, 0-7-1)60:008 29161459
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 8-2-1)60:002 55212

MADISON, Wis.. -- History was made Thursday at the LaBahn Arena in No. 3 Wisconsin's 8-2 win over Minnesota State, as the team set a new program record for shots in a period, two freshman Badgers picked up the first points of their collegiate career and another registered a hat trick.

"It was a good win," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "We talked a lot about starting well, and I thought our start-the first eight, 10, 12 minutes, was what we had talked about. And we finished strong. So a fast start and strong finish turned out to be a nice game for everybody."

Annie Pankowski collected goals in the second and third, earning the Badgers' first hat trick since Dec. 6, 2013 when Madison Packer scored three goals against Bemidji State.

"Pankowski's got a big-time shot and she probably could have had two or three more on top of that if she would have hit the net in a couple situations," Johnson said. "But any time a player is able to do that, it's going to help with her confidence."

Pankowski accomplished the milestone at the 10:01 mark of the third period with the game's flashiest goal.

Carrying the puck with her back to the net, Emily Clark backhanded a drop pass to Pankowski standing in the slot. The Laguna Hills, California, product received the feed and immediately fired a bullet into the net.

"From the last weekend in North Dakota it (her ability to score) was definitely brewing, so it was nice to finally put one in," Pankowski said. "Our team is pumped up that we won by so much. We have a lot of good energy and positive things going on in locker room."

Wisconsin (10-2-1, 7-2-1-0) came out firing on all cylinders on the offensive side of the puck.

UW recorded 32 shots in the game's first 20 minutes, which surpassed the previous school record-a 30-shot period against Lindenwood on Sept. 25, 2011.

Karley Sylvester sealed the feat with a backhand attempt late in the frame. She finished the game tied with Sydney McKibbon for the team lead in shots (seven).

To make the record even more impressive, all but three Wisconsin players challenged MSU (0-10-1, 0-7-1-0) goaltender Erin Krichiver to make a save in the first.

The Badgers' 68 shots in the game were just five from setting a new game high, and were tied for the second-most in program history. In addition, UW's 68 shots on net were the most the Badgers have tallied against a WCHA foe.

Lauren Williams opened the scoring with a shot from the left point that snuck under the right pad of the Mavericks' netminder. The tally marked the Windsor, Ontario, native's first career point.

After Katy Josephs' sixth-goal of the year which gave UW a 2-0 advantage, another freshman joined the score sheet for the first time, as Maddie Rolfes assisted on UW's third goal.

Clark hammered home a pass sent in front from the right corner by Rolfes to give the Badgers a three-goal advantage-a lead Wisconsin grasped in a span of just 3:41.

Rolfes added another assist in the third period.

Despite a lopsided distribution of shots and the time of possession strongly favoring UW after one period of play, Minnesota State was able to muster a goal to keep the game at 3-1 and still in reach.

It would not remain that way for long, though.

The Badgers allowed a goal to the Mavericks halfway through the second, but Pankowski and Sylvester put the Badgers out to a 5-2 lead after two, setting the stage for a three-goal final period.

"We did a good job in the third period by doing a couple things that we had talked about in between the periods," Johnson said. "We created some nice offensive zone time and created a few goals."

Six different Wisconsin players recorded goals in the win, while 13 had at least one point. Blayre Turnbull rivaled Pankowski's three-goal performance with three assists of her own.

Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens finished with 12 saves, as MSU had only two shots in the third.

Krichiver put together a 59-save performance in the loss.

The Badgers will face off with Minnesota State in the series finale Friday at 3 p.m. at LaBahn Arena.

Fast Facts

- UW set a new period-high with 32 shots in the first

- Annie Pankowski tallied a hat trick

- Williams and Rolfes recorded first career points