Wisconsin Upends Cornell, 5-2, To Sweep Weekend Series
Junior forward Annie Pankowski scores two goals for Badgers

Junior forward Annie Pankowski scored two goals for the Badgers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:10  WIS1-0 PP Maddie Rolfes (1)Sam Cogan/4, Abby Roque/9
1st 11:13  COR1-1 EV Lenka Serdar (2)Paige Lewis/2, Hanna Bunton/7
1st 12:15  WIS2-1 EV Annie Pankowski (5)Sam Cogan/5, Mellissa Channell/7
1st 15:48  COR2-2 PP Diana Buckley (2)Kristin O'Neill/4, Amy Curlew/1
2nd 5:20  WIS3-2 EV GW Annie Pankowski (6) -
2nd 8:51  WIS4-2 EV Sam Cogan (5)Sophia Shaver/6
3rd 10:40  WIS5-2 EV Sydney McKibbon (4)Sarah Nurse/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Cornell  2002
Wisconsin  2215
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Cornell  53614
Wisconsin  1017431
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Cornell (6-4-1)  1/3 6/12 0
Wisconsin (14-1-1)  1/6 3/6 0
Cornell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Marlene Boissonnault (L, 3-1-1)60:005 815326
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Nikki Cece (W, 3-1-0)59:522 33612
Empty Net0:080     

MADISON, Wis. - The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team scored three goals in the final 40 minutes to skate past Cornell, 5-2, on Saturday night at LaBahn Arena.

Junior Annie Pankowski continued her scoring hot streak, netting her fifth and sixth goals in three games to help lead Wisconsin to victory. Pankowski has tallied six goals in the last three games, including three during the Badgers' (14-1-1) sweep of the Big Red (6-4-1).

"Tonight was a battle," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "They competed very hard which, if you're playing against opponents that do that you end up getting better by playing those types of opponents. We'll gain a lot of things from tonight's game and other than the victory which is obviously the most important part is overall it will help us become better and stronger."

"I thought they brought a different challenge than obviously in some of our WCHA opponents," Pankowski said "It was nice to see what the East Coast has to bring and I thought we rose to that challenge this weekend."

UW opened up scoring just a minute into the first period, as sophomore Maddie Rolfes recorded her first career goal after stuffing a rebound past Cornell's Marlene Boissonnault during a Wisconsin power play.

Cornell drew even not long after, as Lenka Serdar capitalized on an open puck in front on the net to pull even with the Badgers.

Pankowski found the scoresheet next after tipping a shot from Sam Cogan between Boissonnault's legs to regain the lead for UW.

After Cornell evened the score up yet again with a power play goa from Diana Buckley, it was Pankowski who answered back for the Badgers. After intercepting the puck in the offensive zone, Pankowski went in alone on Boissonnault, deking the puck to her forehand to beat the goaltender and put the Badgers up 3-2.

"It definitely feels good to score goals like that," Pankowski said. "I think it just comes down to hard work for my linemates and I can't thank them enough for all they do. I think it was a great all-around team effort."

Wisconsin kept the offense rolling into the second period, as Cogan picked up her fifth goal of the season after burying a rebound to give UW its insurance goal.

Cogan's goal would be the last of the second period, with the Badgers outshooting the Big Red 17-3.

Senior Sydney McKibbon capped off scoring in the final frame, backhanding the puck past Boissonnault for her 92nd career point.

Freshman goaltender Nikki Cece stopped 12 of the 14 shots she faced during the game, backstopping Wisconsin to earn her third career win.

The Badgers will continue their homestand next weekend when they host No. 2 Minnesota for a border battle on Saturday and Sunday. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and 2 p.m. (CT) on Sunday.

"It'll be a fun weekend for both groups, easy games to get up for," Johnson said. "It's nice to have that extra day to get ourselves organized. We'll have big crowds. For the last decade we've had great games against each other so Saturday and Sunday I'm sure we'll see two more."