|1st||3:25||WIS||1-0||EV||Annie Pankowski (11)||Emily Clark/7|
|1st||5:04||DAR||1-1||EV||Lindsey Allen (7)||Laura Stacey/7|
|2nd||13:34||WIS||2-1||EV GW||Jenny Ryan (3)||Sam Cogan/6, Erika Sowchuk/5|
|3rd||13:54||WIS||3-1||EV||Sophia Shaver (6)||Sarah Nurse/7, Lauren Williams/2|
|3rd||19:17||WIS||4-1||EV||Emily Clark (11)||Sam Cogan/7, Ann-Renée Desbiens/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Robyn Chemago (L, 4-2-2)||60:00||4||11||21||17||49|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 13-0-0)||59:40||1||9||4||8||21|
MADISON, Wis. -- Thanks to a balanced offensive attack, the top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team downed Dartmouth, 4-1, in front of a sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena on Friday.
Sophomore Emily Clark led the offensive charge with a goal and an assist, while freshman Sam Cogan picked up two assists in the win.
Also picking up goals for Wisconsin was sophomore Annie Pankowski, who extended her point streak to 18 games, the sixth-longest in program history, junior Jenny Ryan and freshman Sophia Shaver.
"It was a very good game," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "We had a good opponent, they challenged us and I thought we responded for most of the game and played pretty well. Would like to capitalize on some of the scoring opportunities, but their goaltender played well, our power play was average. We did a good job killing penalties and Ann-Renée (Desbiens) made a couple nice saves, so in all it was a good game for us."
"We were expecting a great game and that's what we got, was a fight to the end," Pankowski said. "I think that it was a true testament to our character and our strength that we have on this team."
Junior netminder Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 21 of the 22 shots she faced to pick up her 50th career win in the victory.
The Badgers (15-0-0, 10-0-0-0 WCHA) struck early in the first period, when Clark took the puck below the circle and sent a pass straight through the slot where Pankowski would bury the puck behind Dartmouth goaltender Robyn Chemago.
Dartmouth (4-3-2, 4-1-2 ECAC) responded quickly, as Lindsey Allen snuck a shot past Desbiens to tie the game at 1-1 with 15 minutes to play in the first.
Wisconsin would light the lamp again in the second stanza, as well as drawing a Big Green penalty, in the same play. Ryan was deep in the Dartmouth zone when the officials called a delayed tripping penalty on Dartmouth's Devon Moir. Ryan stepped out from behind the net and stuffed the puck under Chemago for the wrap-around score. Ryan leads all NCAA defensemen in scoring, averaging 1.33 points per game.
The Badgers outshot the Big Green 22-4 in the second, but could only muster one goal.
"We had about a minute and about 20 seconds of a power play when the second period started," Johnson said. "I thought we could capitalize on that, make it 3-1, but they did a good job, and we didn't execute very well, again we had a bunch of offensive zone presence, Sarah Nurse had I think three breakaways, and numerous good scoring opportunities, but give the goaltender credit for keeping them in the game."
With just six minutes remaining in the game, Shaver knocked the puck wide and raced down the loose puck, sniping a shot into the back of the net to lift the Badgers 3-1.
With 40 seconds left to play, Clark went 1-on-5 into the Dartmouth zone and slipped the puck between the pipe and Chemago's shoulder for the insurance goal.
Wisconsin outshot Dartmouth 53-22, marking the third-straight game UW has collected 50 or more shots on net. UW also collected 99 total shots, marking the second-straight game UW had recorded 99 attempted shots.
"I think playing at a high speed, you're going to have a lot of shots and not all of them are going to make them into the net," Pankowski said. "It's just something you're going to have to work through and the more you shoot the more likely it's going to go in. So, you just have to keep working with that in mind."
The UW penalty kill held off the Big Green on all six Badger penalties as the Badgers lead the country in penalty killing with a .978 clip.
The two teams wrap up their non-conference series at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
"I think it was the hardest challenge we've had this year," Clark said. "I think we're just going to have to recover quickly with the good turnover. They're good, so we're just going to have to come out hard and try to set the pace tomorrow again."