|1st||16:57||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Sydney McKibbon (4)||Sarah Nurse/10|
|2nd||5:45||WIS||2-0||EV||Baylee Wellhausen (6)||Erika Sowchuk/9, Kim Drake/5|
|2nd||7:58||WIS||3-0||EV||Erika Sowchuk (9)||-|
|3rd||8:01||WIS||4-0||PP||Sydney McKibbon (5)||Courtney Burke/23, Annie Pankowski/29|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (3-24-4)||0/2||4/8||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brianna Quade (L, 3-23-3)||60:00||4||14||17||18||49|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 27-1-1)||59:54||0||4||4||5||13|
MADISON, Wis.-- Thanks to a pair of goals from junior Sydney McKibbon and Ann-Renee Desbiens' 16th shutout of the year, the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team blanked Minnesota State, 4-0, at LaBahn Arena.
Wisconsin (29-1-1, 23-1-1-1 WCHA) earned its 21st-straight home victory in front of a sellout crowd of 2,273 fans, marking the ninth time this year the Badgers' have sold out LaBahn Arena.
Desbiens earned her nation-leading 16th shutout of the season, stopping all 13 shots she encountered to improve to 27-1-1 on the season. Her 16 shutouts are tied for the second-most in NCAA history in a single season, and the junior is one blank slate away from matching the NCAA record of 17 set by Minnesota's Noora Raty during the 2012-13 season.
A La Malbaie, Quebec, native, Desbiens leads the NCAA in shutouts, save percentage with a .967 clip, goals-against average with a 0.59 mark and wins with 27.
Wisconsin leads the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 0.55 goals per game. The Badgers have more shutouts this year (18) than goals given up (17).
Wisconsin controlled most of the action against Minnesota State (3-24-4, 0-22-3-0 WCHA), outshooting the Mavericks 53-13. It marked the seventh time this season UW has taken 50 or more shots in a contest.
McKibbon's first goal came late in the first frame, a five-hole score off of a beautiful centering pass from fellow junior Sarah Nurse. It marked McKibbon's first goal since Wisconsin's 7-0 win over Minnesota State on Oct. 31.
"It's nice," McKibbon said. "Nurse made a nice play to me on the first one, I have got to credit her with that. It has been a while but it is nice to have success."
McKibbon now has nine career goals against the Mavericks in 14 games
"McKibbon has wanted to score for probably the last two months and it hasn't happened so you know it was a big goal for us," UW head coach Mark Johnson said of McKibbon's tally. "I'm sure she's excited and it's a monkey off her back.
"She's probably smiling pretty good right now."
In the second stanza, the Badgers widened their lead with goals from sophomore Baylee Wellhausen and senior Erika Sowchuk. Wellhausen skated in on Maverick's goalie Brianna Quade on a breakaway and put the puck over her glove to give the Badgers a 2-0 lead.
Shortly after, Sowchuk notched her ninth goal of the season on a shot from the top of the left circle that ricocheted in off the post.
"My linemates were working hard out there and got the puck to me." Sowchuk said. "It was a good goal and everyone contributed, I was just happy to put the puck in the net."
McKibbon scored her second goal of the afternoon eight minutes into the third period, tipping in a shot from Courtney Burke on the Badgers' third power play of the night. McKibbon is tied for sixth in the WCHA with 11 power-play points this season.
With the Badgers' win on Saturday, Wisconsin has the opportunity to clinch the WCHA regular season title on Sunday with a victory over the Mavericks.
"I told the players they get an opportunity tomorrow to do something special and that doesn't come along too often," Johnson said. "We need to come out tomorrow and start the game strong and really play aggressive and try to capitalize and create some opportunities.
"We talked about winning six periods, we're halfway there and we just got to stay focused and continue to do what we've done up to this point."
Sunday's contest is also Senior Day, as the Badgers will honor their eight seniors prior to the 2 p.m. contest at LaBahn Arena.