|1st||8:31||WIS||1-0||EV||Sydney McKibbon (8)||Sam Cogan/11, Maddie Rolfes/12|
|1st||14:43||WIS||2-0||EV GW||Sarah Nurse (17)||Emily Clark/19, Annie Pankowski/16|
|1st||17:24||WIS||3-0||EV||Presley Norby (6)||Sam Cogan/12, Sydney McKibbon/15|
|1st||19:03||MNS||1-3||PP||Emily Antony (7)||Corbin Boyd/10|
|2nd||15:52||WIS||4-1||EV||Emily Clark (10)||Annie Pankowski/17, Jenny Ryan/9|
|2nd||17:26||WIS||5-1||PP||Alexis Mauermann (7)||Mekenzie Steffen/5, Abby Roque/15|
|3rd||8:34||WIS||6-1||PP||Mikaela Gardner (3)||Sam Cogan/13, Jenny Ryan/10|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (6-20-3)||1/6||5/10||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kathryn Bidulka (L, 3-6-1)||20:00||3||4||0||0||4|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 20-1-1)||59:43||1||5||5||4||14|
MADISON, Wis. - Senior captain Sydney McKibbon and junior Emily Clark each reached the 100-point milestone during the first period of Saturday's matchup with Minnesota State, leading the charge in a 6-1 Wisconsin victory at LaBahn Arena.
McKibbon's benchmark came halfway through the opening frame when she grabbed a pass from sophomore Sam Cogan and turned to shoot the puck over MSU netminder Katie Bidulka's glove for her 100th career point with the Badgers (24-2-1, 19-2-1-1 WCHA) and a 1-0 advantage.
"I think it's a nice achievement to have," McKibbon said. "But you definitely don't get there without your teammates and without the help of your linemates and other players on the ice, so credit to them, and a credit to Clarky tonight too getting her hundredth point."
"Obviously she's a senior and she's done a great job of leading this team this year," Johnson said. "One of the big goals is to wear the C in front of your chest and it adds a lot of pressure too, every day and every weekend. But she's done a great job. She had a big goal for us today, it was a chess game early on, we had a couple golden opportunities, shots that we normally get, but we didn't rush it. We're very excited for her, very happy for her."
Clark found senior Sarah Nurse's stick for her century point, centering a pass from the corner that Nurse one-timed under Bidulka to double the Badgers' lead, 2-0. Clark reached the mark in her 100th game for the Cardinal and White.
"It was pretty cool to share that with her (McKibbon) tonight," Clark said. "A huge thanks to my line mates, I think they made a couple extra passes that they definitely could have shot this weekend, but pretty cool feeling, especially to do it at home."
"She's been good as soon as she stepped on campus here. There's been a lot of aspirations, a lot of goals that she set for herself. It puts pressure on herself but she continues to get better and better. It's nice to see her get rewarded this afternoon also."
Wisconsin put on a balanced show in its final game of a three-series homestand, completing a sweep of MSU (6-20-3, 3-17-2-0 WCHA) in front of Wisconsin's eighth sellout crowd of the season with additional goals from Clark, freshmen Presley Norby and Alexis Mauermann, and sophomore Mikaela Gardner.
"We got contributions from different people," Johnson said. "Get some depth in your scoring and it becomes difficult to defend. We created a bunch of opportunities and capitalized on a couple power plays and overall it was a good effort. Sometimes it's good to mix things up to keep people focused and fresh.
"When you score a goal out there, whether you're one of our key players or you're a role player, you feel good about yourself. I think the more people that get on the score sheet, the more people that contribute goal scoring and it brings confidence between those players. You look at Mauermann today, she didn't get much ice time, but you throw her out on the power play and the next thing you know, the puck is in the back of the net. It makes her feel good and it makes the team feel good. If you have depth and scoring, it's certainly a nice weapon to have."
Mauermann and Gardner each recorded a power-play tally, improving the UW power play to .407 percent in the month of January.
Wisconsin outshot the Mavs 28-15 in the contest, while senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens saved 14 of the 15 shots she faced to earn her 90th career win, just one victory away from tying Badger standout Jessie Vetter for second in school history for goaltender wins.
The Badgers hit the road this weekend, traveling to face Bemidji State Feb. 3-4.