|1st||3:09||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Sam Cogan (2)||Sydney McKibbon/5, Sarah Nurse/2|
|1st||3:31||WIS||2-0||EV||Emily Clark (2)||Baylee Wellhausen/1, Courtney Burke/3|
|1st||16:49||WIS||3-0||SH||Annie Pankowski (5)||Emily Clark/1|
|2nd||14:51||WIS||4-0||EV||Emily Clark (3)||Annie Pankowski/2, Mellissa Channell/4|
|3rd||3:40||WIS||5-0||PP||Sydney McKibbon (1)||Sam Cogan/1, Sarah Nurse/3|
|3rd||6:52||WIS||6-0||PP||Rachel Jones (1)||Erika Sowchuk/1, Molly Doner/1|
|3rd||14:54||WIS||7-0||PP||Annie Pankowski (6)||Emily Clark/2, Jenny Ryan/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (2-1-0)||0/4||4/8||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Stacy Danczak (L, 1-1-0)||60:00||7||5||20||9||34|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 3-0-0)||60:00||0||4||2||4||10|
MADISON, Wis.-Thanks to a pair of goals by Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski, the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team bulldozed Ohio State, 7-0, on Saturday in the Badgers' home opener at LaBahn Arena.
Clark ended the contest with four points off two goals and two assists, while her linemate Pankowski scored a short-handed goal, a power-play goal and added an assist in the Badgers' win.
"I think that rolling from last year, we have a lot more experience and a lot more confidence in each other, which is a big thing," Pankowski said about her line with Clark and fellow sophomore Baylee Wellhausen. "It's just a lot of fun."
Freshman Sam Cogan started the scoring for the Badgers (3-0-0, 1-0-0-0 WCHA), tapping in the rebound from a Sydney McKibbon shot just after the three-minute mark.
Then, only 22 seconds later, Clark caught a loose puck in the crease and slammed it to the back of the net past Ohio State (2-1-0, 0-1-0-0 WCHA) goaltender Stacy Danczak to take the 2-0 lead.
The Buckeyes had a two-player advantage midway through the period, but the Wisconsin penalty kill allowed only two shots on net during the span of the advantage.
"The penalty kill did a good job and we survived that little blip," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "We ended up finishing well, we had the puck a lot, and created some good opportunities."
After the Badgers took a penalty with four minutes to go in first, Pankowski scored her third short-handed goal of the season, taking a pass from Clark up the boards and put it into the net.
The Badgers had a shooting percentage of .375 in the period, making three of their eight shots taken on net.
Most of the second period was quiet, with no penalties for either side. Wisconsin spent most of the period in OSU territory, as the shots on goal were a lopsided 21-2 in favor of the Badgers.
Just before the 15 minute mark, Clark and Pankowski took the puck into the Buckeye zone with a set of back-and-forth passes, which ended in Clarke directing the puck straight into the net past Danczak to lift the Badgers up 4-0 over the Buckeyes. With the assist, Pankowski marked her 50th career point in 42 games, making her the eighth-fastest Badger to reach the 50-point benchmark.
The final period started with a bang when McKibbon pounced on a loose puck Danczak thought was safe under her glove. Cogan and Nurse both collected assists on the power-play goal that gave UW the 5-0 lead.
A penalty committed by OSU's Claudia Kepler gave the Badgers another advantage they would use, when Erika Sowchuk's shot rebounded to Rachel Jones, who stuffed the five hole for a 6-0 lead.
With just over six minutes left in the game, Kepler took a hooking penalty to give the Badgers one last advantage. Pankowski took a pass from Clark and sent it top shelf for the Badgers' seventh goal.
Wisconsin net minder Ann-Renee Desbiens earned her 40th career win and her 18th career shutout to improve to 3-0-0 this year.
"We will continue to build on what we've started here by playing at a pace and moving the puck with speed," Johnson said regarding improvements for tomorrow's game. "Not much will change going into tomorrow."
The Badgers return to the ice tomorrow to wrap up their WCHA-opening series against the Buckeyes at 2 p.m. The matchup will be nationally televised on BTN.