|2nd||6:02||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Lauren Williams (1)||Kim Drake/3, Rachel Jones/1|
|2nd||7:48||WIS||2-0||SH||Sarah Nurse (5)||Sydney McKibbon/7|
|2nd||8:09||WIS||3-0||SH||Sarah Nurse (6)||Maddie Rolfes/6, Ann-Renée Desbiens/1|
|3rd||16:20||WIS||4-0||EV||Jenny Ryan (2)||Annie Pankowski/5|
|3rd||17:00||WIS||5-0||EV||Rachel Jones (2)||Jenny Ryan/5, Kim Drake/4|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||1||3||6||10|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (2-3-0)||0/5||2/4||0|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 5-0-0)||60:00||0||1||3||6||10|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Fitzgerald (L, 1-3-0)||60:00||5||11||15||14||40|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Junior Ann-Renee Desbiens collected 10 saves while fellow junior Sarah Nurse collected a pair of short-handed tallies to lead the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 5-0 win over St. Cloud State on Friday.
It marks the third-straight shutout for the Badgers (5-0-0, 3-0-0-0 WCHA) and Desbiens as the netminder turned away all 10 St. Cloud State (2-3-0, 0-3-0-0 WCHA) shots she faced. Desbiens, a native of La Malbaie, Quebec, now has 20 career shutouts, which is tied for the 13th-most in NCAA history.
"It's nice that Ann-Renee has been able to finish the last couple of games," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "Although she didn't get tested a lot, she was still able to focus in for that 60 minutes and walk away with a shutout."
Nurse, who was just named to Hockey Canada's Four Nations Cup roster earlier this week, became the fourth player in school history to collect multiple shorthanded goals in the same game. Nurse and sophomore Annie Pankowski have combined to score five short-handed strikes this season in only five games of action.
"Our penalty kill has been successful, not only defending the other team from getting a chance to score but offensively it opened up the game today," Johnson said. "Sarah Nurse scored two short-handed goals in a real short period of time, so any time you're able to do that it certainly bodes well for us and certainly puts the other team a little bit on their heels in regards to the momentum of the game."
After a scoreless first period where Wisconsin outshot St. Cloud State 11-1, Lauren Williams collected her first goal of the year to give UW a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second period. The sophomore fired a rocket into the net after receiving a pass from fellow blue-liner Kim Drake.
Following a UW penalty, Nurse scored her pair of short-handed goals in a span of 21 seconds to open the game up for Wisconsin. Her first short-handed strike came on a 2-on-1 rush with fellow junior Sydney McKibbon that gave UW a 2-0 lead.
Moments later, Nurse intercepted a SCSU pass and beat Huskies' goaltender Katie Fitzgerald to lift Wisconsin to a 3-0 advantage heading into the second intermission.
In the third, the Badgers lit the lamp twice in a 40-second span. Junior Jenny Ryan launched a laser from the blue line to give UW a 4-0 lead before senior Rachel Jones scored a back-door goal to give Wisconsin a 5-0 advantage.
Wisconsin outshot St. Cloud State 45-10, marking the fourth-straight game UW has launched 40 or more shots on net.
UW leads the country in scoring offense, averaging 6.60 goals per contest. The Badgers have scored five or more goals in each of their five games this year, marking the first time since the 2010-11 season that UW has accomplished the feat.
The Badgers and Huskies wrap up their conference series tomorrow with a 3 p.m. contest at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.