|1st||17:17||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Baylee Wellhausen (3)||Annie Pankowski/13, Ann-Renée Desbiens/1|
|3rd||1:57||WIS||2-0||EV||Katy Josephs (7)||Sydney McKibbon/9|
|3rd||3:18||WIS||3-0||EV||Karley Sylvester (8)||Brittany Ammerman/13, Maddie Rolfes/4|
|3rd||4:15||WIS||4-0||EV||Erika Sowchuk (3)||Rachel Jones/2, Jenny Ryan/10|
|3rd||17:12||WIS||5-0||EV||Blayre Turnbull (7)||Annie Pankowski/14, Karley Sylvester/15|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (3-12-1)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 11-2-1)||60:00||0||7||4||5||16|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 2-11-1)||60:00||5||6||16||11||33|
DURHAM, N.H. - Holding a 1-0 lead through two periods, the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team scored four goals in the third period, including three in a 2 minute, 18 second span to ice a convincing 5-0 victory over New Hampshire on Friday at the Whittemore Center Arena.
Five different Badgers lit the lamp in the win, as freshman Baylee Wellhausen, junior Erika Sowchuk and seniors Katy Josephs, Karley Sylvester and Blayre Turnbull each found the back of the net to extend UW's unbeaten streak to nine games.
"The balance has been good," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "We've talked about it all season, and tonight it was a factor. On the big ice sheet, it is a different game. We got out to a somewhat slow start as we were trying to get used to the time and the space. In the second period we started playing well and in the first four or five minutes of the third we started to get some scoring opportunities and started to put the puck in the net."
Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 16 shots she faced to improve to 11-2-1 on the season, earning her third consecutive shutout after posting a pair against St. Cloud State last weekend
"I feel like I have been working harder in practice and making sure that I'm having fun in the game," Desbiens said. "The big thing has been staying focused and keeping things simple."
"It's a team effort and Ann is playing well," Johnson said.
Wisconsin has now held its opponents scoreless for the past 270 minutes, 56 seconds. The last time UW allowed a goal was Nov. 13 against Minnesota State.
"It is a combination of a lot of things," Johnson said. "You start with your goaltender, and you look at the people around her on the ice and they are making contributions. The big thing is when you have a breakdown, your goaltender has to make saves, and Ann made a couple of nice saves tonight."
Wellhausen scored her third career goal 17 minutes into the first period to give UW a 1-0 advantage. Wellhausen received a pass from Desbiens and gave the puck to Annie Pankowski streaking up the middle. After Pankowski's initial shot was stopped, Wellhausen was able to tap it past UNH netminder Vilma Vaattovaara to put Wisconsin on the board.
The Cardinal and White dominated the second period, outshooting UNH 16-4, but could not extend its lead in the frame.
It was a very different story in the third period, as the Badgers scored three goals in just the first five minutes and distanced themselves from the Wildcats.
Josephs opened the scoring in the stanza, firing a backhander into the top left corner of the net to double the UW lead less than two minutes into the third. The tally marked Josephs' seventh goal of the season.
Sylvester earned her eighth goal of the season at the 3:18 mark of the period, and Sowchuk added a goal at the 4:15 mark to give UW a 4-0 lead.
Turnbull capped off the scoring for the Cardinal and White, firing a wrister from the right circle to record her seventh goal of the season.
The Badgers outshot UNH, 40-15, including a 31-9 advantage during the final two periods.
"The hard part is when you play non-conference games you don't know a lot about your opponents and they don't know a lot about us," Johnson said. "It is like a game of chess, you're trying to figure things out in the early part. There were no penalties in the first period and not many whistles. The last 40 minutes we were able to get the puck to the net and create scoring chances."
The two teams wrap up their series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. (CT) contest.