|1st||16:23||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Rachel Jones (6)||Erika Sowchuk/4, Jenny Ryan/11|
|2nd||6:14||WIS||2-0||EV||Erika Sowchuk (5)||Jenny Ryan/12, Rachel Jones/3|
|3rd||14:32||WIS||3-0||EV||Emily Clark (6)||Jenny Ryan/13, Annie Pankowski/12|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (4-7-0)||0/3||1/2||0|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 10-0-0)||59:58||0||6||4||7||17|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Maddie Rooney (L, 2-5-0)||60:00||3||16||7||11||34|
DULUTH, Minn. -- The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team came out of their bye week with a bang, defeating WCHA foe Minnesota Duluth, 3-0, on Friday at AMSOIL Arena to pick up its ninth-consecutive shutout, an NCAA record.
The team has not allowed a goal in 581 minutes and 15 seconds, a streak that started in the first period of the Badgers' 8-1 win over Providence College on Oct. 3 in San Jose, California.
Goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens collected her eighth-straight shutout, stopping all 17 shots the Bulldogs threw her way. The La Malbaie, Quebec native reached a historic milestone at the 7:41 mark of the first period as the junior officially broke the NCAA shutout streak record of 448:32 previously held by UW legend Jessie Vetter.
With 500:50 consecutive scoreless minutes, Desbiens holds sole possession of the record for both men's and women's collegiate hockey.
"It's definitely something that the team is really proud of," Desbiens said. "It's not something I can do by myself, so hats off to all my teammates for being able to get nine-straight shutouts for the team. That's pretty impressive, but it's definitely a team effort.
"I think the reason why we've been so successful so far this year is because we're paying attention to detail. Every single player on the ice gives their best and just does their own job. I think that everyone has felt that perfect balance."
"Today was no different than some of our previous games," head coach Mark Johnson explained. "She made a bunch of quality saves and kept the score 0-0 and gave us a chance to win. It's been that way for a number of weekends now and that's what you ask of your goaltender, to give a chance to the players in front and she's been able to do that."
Junior Jenny Ryan tallied an assist on each of the Badgers' three goals, bringing her season point total to two goals and 13 assists in 11 games. The assistant captain is averaging 1.36 points per game to lead the NCAA in scoring among defensemen.
Seniors Rachel Jones and Erika Sowchuk each notched a goal and an assist in the contest, while sophomore Emily Clark tallied a goal after missing the previous series to play with Team Canada in the Four Nation's Cup.
Wisconsin (11-0-0, 9-0-0-0 WCHA) did not light the lamp until late in the first period, when Ryan took a slapshot from the point that Minnesota Duluth (4-7-0, WCHA) goaltender Maddie Rooney initially stopped. Jones capitalized on the loose puck in the crease, sneaking past the defense to put the puck away for her sixth goal of the season.
Desbiens registered six saves in the first frame, while the Badgers' offense tallied 17 shots on Rooney.
Just over six minutes into the second stanza Wisconsin struck again, as Ryan attempted a slapshot from the point that Sowchuk tipped past Rooney for the two-goal lead. Besides that goal, neither team had very many offensive opportunities in the second period as Wisconsin outshot UMD 8-4.
After killing off two consecutive penalties in the final period, Wisconsin finished off the Bulldogs with just over five minutes to play when Clark was wide open in front of Rooney to redirect a pass to the back of the net. Sophomore Annie Pankowski was also credited with an assist, extending her point streak to 14 straight games.
Regardless of records and streaks, the team is already looking at Saturday's matchup
"We look at it in short increments." Johnson said, "The nice thing is, we won the game today. They had us packed in the last half of the game and it looked like they were going to get an opportunity to score, but we withstood that. The players in front of Ann were doing the little things necessary to keep them off the scoreboard today. It's been good and hopefully we will continue to get better as we go."
The Badgers will conclude their WCHA series against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday with another 3 p.m. tilt at AMSOIL Arena.