|2nd||9:13||WIS||1-0||PP GW||Sarah Nurse (10)||Sydney McKibbon/15, Annie Pankowski/17|
|2nd||14:38||WIS||2-0||EV||Sarah Nurse (11)||Sydney McKibbon/16, Courtney Burke/15|
|2nd||15:25||WIS||3-0||PP||Emily Clark (12)||Courtney Burke/16, Sydney McKibbon/17|
|3rd||14:23||WIS||4-0||PP||Sam Cogan (5)||Annie Pankowski/18, Mellissa Channell/9|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Robyn Chemago (L, 4-3-2)||60:00||4||20||21||18||59|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 14-0-0)||59:56||0||5||3||1||9|
MADISON, Wis.-- Thanks to a three-goal flurry in the second period, the undefeated and top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team completed its sweep of Dartmouth with a 4-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Badgers improved to 16-0-0 for the first time in program history, and the team's 16-game winning streak is the third-longest in program history and the fifth-longest in WCHA history.
Sarah Nurse tallied two goals, marking the seventh-time the junior has recorded a multi-goal game.
For the sixth-straight game, sophomore Emily Clark tallied a goal, while freshman Sam Cogan rounded out the scoring for the Cardinal and White. Junior Sydney McKibbon tied a career high with three assists in the win, while captain Courtney Burke and sophomore Annie Pankowski each added two assists.
Junior netminder Ann-Renée Desbiens saved all nine shots the Big Green threw her way to earn her ninth shutout of the season. The La Malbaie, Quebec, native now has 26 career shutouts, which ranks sixth in NCAA history.
"She's played well, she's been consistent," UW head coach Mark Johnson said of Desbiens. "The big thing is, the people in front of her played well today."
"I think the biggest thing was consistency," Desbiens said of the team. "We kept improving as the weekend went on, taking it shift by shift and eliminating scoring chances against us."
The Badgers (16-0-0, 10-0-0-0 WCHA) outshot Dartmouth (4-4-2, 4-1-2 ECAC) 63-9, and the Cardinal and White limited the Big Green to four shots on goal in the final 40 minutes. Wisconsin's 63 shots on goal rank sixth in program history.
"They have strong goaltenders, so we just tried to put it to the net as much as we could," McKibbon said. "We came out strong and got a lot of shots, and they finally started going in."
UW applied pressure earlier on Dartmouth, outshooting the Big Green 20-5 in the first frame, but both teams had a quiet period in comparison to Friday evening's game, as there were no goals or penalties in the opening period.
It took almost 30 minutes for the UW offense to find its groove, but the Badgers would score three times in a span of 6 minutes, 12 seconds to open the game up.
Midway through the second frame, Dartmouth's Laura Stacey took a tripping penalty to give UW the first power play of the night. Less than ten seconds into the power play, Nurse received a pass in front of Big Green goaltender Robyn Chemago and sent the snipe straight to the top shelf to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead.
Pankowski earned a secondary assist on the game-winning goal to extend her point streak to 19 games, which is tied for the fifth-longest point streak in UW history. Pankowski has notched 33 points with 14 goals and 19 assists during the incredible run.
Nurse would strike again a short time later, as McKibbon centered a pass from behind Chemago, where Nurse sent a rocket into the net.
"As the game went on, you saw we were tiring them out a lot," Nurse explained. "Our conditioning played a huge role in our win tonight against a good team.
"Getting that first goal after peppering off shots the whole game opened up the flood gates for everyone."
The Badgers' third score would come quickly, when senior defenseman Courtney Burke took a slapshot from the point that Clark tipped in for her third point of the weekend.
Burke's 1.19 points per game ranks second in the nation for defenseman, behind teammate Jenny Ryan, who averages 1.25 points per game.
Cogan would add the final goal late in the third period, tipping in Pankowski's wrist shot from the point. The score marked Wisconsin's third power-play goal of the contest.
The Big Green went on their only power play of the game late in the final period, but were unable to send a shot past Desbiens despite the advantage. The UW penalty kill remains first in the nation with a .979 clip.
The Cardinal and White continue to be only one of two undefeated teams in the nation, alongside No. 2 Boston College.
The Badgers wrap up their six-game homestand with a Border-Battle showdown with No. 3 Minnesota next weekend at LaBahn Arena. Friday's contest starts at 7 p.m., while the two teams wrap up their series on Saturday with a 3 p.m. start.