|1st||6:28||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Emily Clark (10)||Jenny Ryan/17, Annie Pankowski/16|
|2nd||7:04||WIS||2-0||EV||Sarah Nurse (8)||Sydney McKibbon/13|
|2nd||14:03||WIS||3-0||EV||Sophia Shaver (5)||Courtney Burke/13|
|3rd||8:05||WIS||4-0||EV||Sarah Nurse (9)||Courtney Burke/14, Sydney McKibbon/14|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Jolene deBruyn (L, 1-3-0)||60:00||4||20||18||16||54|
|Megan Miller (W, 2-0-0)||59:56||0||6||3||2||11|
MADISON, Wis. - Thanks to a pair of goals by junior Sarah Nurse, the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey continued its historic start on Sunday, blanking Lindenwood, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
The Badgers' 14-0-0 start marks the third time UW has been unbeaten through its first 14 games, and the first time Wisconsin has won its first 14 contests. The 14-game winning streak is tied for the third-longest in program history and is tied for the sixth-longest in WCHA history.
Wisconsin was firing on all cylinders, with seven different Badgers collecting points and contributing to the shutout effort.
"We're focusing on one series at a time," Nurse said. "We're not looking too far ahead, but we are looking to keep the ball rolling."
Senior Megan Miller earned her third start in goal at UW and her first-ever home start, stopping all 11 shots she faced to improve to 2-0-0 this season. It marked her second shutout of the year and the Badgers' 10th blank slate.
"It was good," UW head coach Mark Johnson said "I was happy for Megan. I thought she played well. It was good opportunity for her to get some minutes. We felt as a staff this was a good opportunity for her to get in there.
"She did a nice job today so I was happy for her. The overall effort was good. She's certainly capable and she showed that today, especially in the first period."
"I think there's really no better feelings," Miller said about earning the home win. "It's definitely a special place to play. There's no denying that. To be able to be in net in front of all those fans is pretty special."
Nurse lit the lamp twice for the Badgers, while sophomore Emily Clark and freshman Sophia Shaver also scored.
Senior captain Courtney Burke and junior alternate captain Sydney McKibbon each added two assists, while Annie Pankowski assisted on UW's first goal to bring her point streak to 17 games, the sixth-longest in program history.
Clark put UW on the board six minutes into the game after she picked up her own rebound and rifled it over Lindenwood (3-0-2) goaltender Jolene deBruyn's shoulder. Clark was assisted by defenseman and alternate captain Jenny Ryan, who leads the team in assists with 17, and Pankowski.
The Cardinal and White outshot Lindenwood 21-6 in the first frame.
Dominating puck possession throughout the game, UW continued its offensive efforts in the second as Nurse put one past deBruyn seven minutes into the period after her shot from the boards was deflected in off an LU defenseman's skate.
Freshman Sophia Shaver continued her multi-point weekend, scoring the Badgers' third goal of the game and her second of the series. Burke took a shot from the point, Shaver jumped on the rebound and stuffed the puck in the net, tallying the fifth goal of her career.
Up 3-0 after two and outshooting the Lions 41-9, it was Nurse again who recorded the final goal of the game. Similar to the previous goal, Burke shot the puck from the point and Nurse recovered the rebound, scoring her second of the game and her ninth of the season.
The Badgers finished the game with 58 shots on net, while limiting Lindenwood to 11 on goal.
UW improved to 10-0-0 all-time against Lindenwood, as the two schools have met every year since the Lady Lions moved to the NCAA Division I level during the 2011-12 season.
"It's good to step out of conference play," Johnson said. "We get six non-conference games, so the big thing is if you're successful in your non-conference games, it helps you out in the big picture and in the PairWise. That's why it's nice to play non-conference games, especially when you win."
Wisconsin continues its homestead next weekend when it hosts Dartmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. The series marks the Badgers' final non-conference matchup of the regular season.