|1st||1:48||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Mekenzie Steffen (4)||Baylee Wellhausen/7, Lauren Williams/7|
|1st||13:43||WIS||2-0||EV||Sarah Nurse (25)||Annie Pankowski/29, Jenny Ryan/18|
|2nd||7:26||WIS||3-0||EV||Baylee Wellhausen (15)||Sophia Shaver/15, Mekenzie Steffen/9|
|2nd||8:34||WIS||4-0||EV||Maddie Rolfes (3)||Sarah Nurse/27|
|2nd||13:27||WIS||5-0||PP||Annie Pankowski (25)||Sarah Nurse/28, Mekenzie Steffen/10|
|2nd||18:16||WIS||6-0||EV||Emily Clark (19)||-|
|3rd||16:35||WIS||7-0||EV||Emily Clark (20)||Presley Norby/15|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Robert Morris (24-5-6)||0/4||4/8||0|
|Robert Morris Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jessica Dodds (L, 16-3-5)||28:34||4||12||7||0||19|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 28-1-4)||59:53||0||8||2||12||22|
MADISON, Wis. - The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team raced out to an early lead and never looked back as the Badgers blanked Robert Morris, 7-0, on Saturday to advance to the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four for the fourth-consecutive season.
Six different Badgers - Mekenzie Steffen, Sarah Nurse, Baylee Wellhausen, Maddie Rolfes, Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark - scored in front of a record crowd of 2,423 fans at LaBahn Arena to lift UW to its 10th NCAA Frozen Four appearance.
"I think we were pretty relentless on them," Nurse said. "They played a really good game, but I think we did come at them in waves and I think that's a testament to how prepared we were and how focused we are in practice so I was really excited to see that from the team."
Steffen opened up scoring less than two minutes in the game, as the freshman defenseman skated the puck into the offensive zone and attempted a wrap-around. When her initial shot didn't go in, Steffen punched in the rebound to put the Badgers up 1-0.
"The first rush was obviously my teammates putting it right on net and I happened to pick it up," Steffen said. "We had some good line rushes and our forwards just put the puck in the net."
Nurse struck next, one-timing a pass from Pankowski past RMU goaltender Jessica Dodds. With the goal, Nurse is tied for a team-leading 25 goals and sits second in points with 53.
Wellhausen rounded out scoring in the first period after burying a rebound from a Sophia Shaver shot to extend UW's lead to 3-0.
Despite an RMU goaltending change, Wisconsin continued its offensive dominance into the second frame.
Rolfes found the back of the net first after one-timing the puck past Colonials goaltender Lauren Bailey from the slot.
Pankowski increased the lead to 5-0 midway through the second after faking to her forehand before pulling the puck to her backhand and sending it past Bailey.
Thanks to the goal, Pankowski is tied for a team-leading 25 goals this year. The Laguna Hills, California, native boasts a team-leading 54 points and leads the nation in goals per game (0.74).
Clark closed out scoring in the second, cleanly firing a shot top-shelf to put UW up 6-0 before the break.
UW outshot RMU 25-2 during the second period.
Heading into the final frame, Clark tallied her second of the game, rifling a shot far-side past Bailey.
With the pair, Clark has 20 goals on the season and 26 assists from 46 points.
Steffen and Nurse both ended the game with three points, which marked a career high for Steffen.
"We just had a good week of practices this week and we were all just kind of feeling it out there," Steffen said. "I thought we all played really well, and yeah I got a few points, but that doesn't really matter as we won as a team."
Senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens improved to 28-1-4 in net for the Cardinal and White. Desbiens sits atop the NCAA rankings in goals-against average (0.69), save percentage (.963), win percentage (.909) and shutouts (16).
Desbiens now has 10 shutouts during her career in postseason play.
UW outshot Robert Morris, 49-22, marking the 37th time this year UW has outshot its opponent.
Wisconsin will make its fourth-straight appearance at the NCAA Frozen Four on Friday as the Badgers meet Boston College in a national semifinal. Puck drop at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri, is set for 5 p.m. CT.
"I think we're just excited for the opportunity" Nurse said. "The last three years - what's happened has happened, it's in the past. I think we're really looking forward to playing Boston College on Friday."