|1st||2:04||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Emily Clark (1)||Annie Pankowski/3, Sam Cogan/1|
|2nd||17:49||WIS||2-0||EV||Emily Clark (2)||Mekenzie Steffen/1|
|3rd||0:43||WIS||3-0||EV||Jenny Ryan (2)||Emily Clark/2, Mellissa Channell/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (2-1-0)||0/8||8/16||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauve (L, 2-1-0)||59:58||3||18||12||14||44|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 3-0-0)||59:54||0||6||7||2||15|
MADISON, Wis. - There have been many great goaltenders in Wisconsin women's hockey history, but none of them recorded 40 shutouts in a career.
That changed Friday night at LaBahn Arena as Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped all 15 shots she faced to earn her 40th career blank slate as the No. 1 Badgers blanked Ohio State, 3-0, in front of a sellout crowd.
"It's pretty awesome to be able to do it at home in front of fans," Desbiens said of the milestone. "Being able to share the moment with them is a good feeling. It's a team achievement, and yes, it's going to be my name on the record but everyone that's around knows it's not only me."
"She's focused in and was tracking the puck really well," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "Give her a lot of credit for her ability to stay in attention and pay attention to details. These games are a bit more challenging for a goaltender and she earned it tonight."
Emily Clark powered the Wisconsin (3-0-0, 3-0-0-0 WCHA) offense, scoring the first two goals of the game before recording the primary assist on the Badgers' final strike of the contest. The junior now has seven goals and six assists for 13 points in nine career games against Ohio State (2-1-0, 0-1-0-0 WCHA).
"I'm very happy with how I played and very confident after that game," Clark said. "But as a team, everyone was contributing. I think after last weekend, we really just settled down and set into our game."
UW got on the board early as junior Annie Pankowski set up Clark on a two-on-one just two minutes into the contest to put Wisconsin up, 1-0. With the assist, Pankowski notched her 104th career point, tying her with former Badger Madison Packer for 20th in program history.
"It's a pretty special feeling to have some offense early in the year, but Annie(Pankowski) had an incredible pass on the first one," Clark said. "I'm very fortunate to play with a lot of good players. It seems like our chemistry is working really well."
Despite outshooting Ohio State 19-6 in the first period, OSU netminder Kassidy Sauve denied all other UW chances and the Badgers headed into intermission hungry for more.
Battling through numerous penalties, Wisconsin continued to dominate puck possession throughout the second period. Its offensive efforts paid off 18 minutes in as Clark lit the lamp once more for the Cardinal and White after capitalizing on an OSU turnover in the neutral zone. Freshman defenseman Mekenzie Steffen earned her first career point as a Badger after assisting on Clark's goal.
Clark found her way onto the scoresheet one last time during the third period after feeding a stretch pass from the defensive zone to senior defenseman Jenny Ryan, who scored UW's final goal of the game. With four points in the last two games, Clark now leads all Badgers in total points.
The Badgers outshot Ohio State 47-15, and allowed only two OSU shots on goal during the final 20 minutes of action.
Neither team was able to convert on the power play, as Wisconsin went 0-for-7 with a player advantage while killing all eight of the Buckeyes' power plays.
The two teams meet again on Saturday with a 1 p.m. CT contest at LaBahn Arena.