Clark Posts Six-Point Game As Wisconsin Downs St. Cloud State, 9-0
Junior forward Emily Clark records three goals and three assists for Badgers

Junior forward Emily Clark had three goals and three assists for the Badgers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:09  WIS1-0 EV GW Emily Clark (6)Sam Cogan/7, Annie Pankowski/11
1st 5:38  WIS2-0 EV Emily Clark (7)Lauren Williams/3
2nd 1:07  WIS3-0 EV Annie Pankowski (12)Emily Clark/15, Maddie Rolfes/9
2nd 1:29  WIS4-0 EV Annie Pankowski (13)Mikaela Gardner/6, Sam Cogan/8
2nd 9:25  WIS5-0 EV Annie Pankowski (14)Emily Clark/16, Mellissa Channell/9
2nd 13:15  WIS6-0 PP Emily Clark (8)Annie Pankowski/12, Jenny Ryan/6
3rd 10:58  WIS7-0 PP Abby Roque (4)Emily Clark/17, Lauren Williams/4
3rd 14:27  WIS8-0 EV Presley Norby (5)Sam Cogan/9, Alexis Mauermann/4
3rd 17:45  WIS9-0 PP Mekenzie Steffen (1)Baylee Wellhausen/4, Abby Roque/13
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
St. Cloud State  0000
Wisconsin  2439
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
St. Cloud State  84517
Wisconsin  19131143
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
St. Cloud State (6-15-2)  0/4 4/8 0
Wisconsin (19-2-1)  3/4 4/8 0
St. Cloud State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Janine Alder (L, 6-12-2)33:156 176023
Taylor Crosby26:433 03811
Empty Net0:020     
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 15-1-1)59:380 84517
Empty Net0:220     

MADISON, Wis. - Juniors Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark each recorded a hat trick as the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team skated past St. Cloud State, 9-0, on Friday night at LaBahn Arena.

The pair became the first Wisconsin (19-2-1, 14-2-1-1 WCHA) duo to record hat tricks in the same game since Hilary Knight and Madison Packer accomplished the feat on Feb. 29, 2011 against Minnesota State.

"Clarky and I were joking around saying 'Remember when we couldn't score for nine games?'" Pankowski said. "It was just one of those games where bounces are going in the right direction and it feels like everyone's got a hot stick."

The Badgers' victory over the Huskies (6-15-2, 4-12-1-0 WCHA) was UW's largest margin of victory since defeating St. Cloud State, 10-0, on Jan. 14, 2011.

UW's offense was sparked by the two-headed monster of Clark and Pankowski, as both combined for six goals and Clark earned a career-high six-point game.

"Clarky's been gone for a while and there's that whole stint last week," Pankowski said, referring to the Badgers' cancelled match against Lindenwood last week. "So as soon as we got back here and we know we're home for six games, it just gets everyone really excited to show what we have. Down this long stretch, it's going to be a nice chip in our pocket."

Pankowski earned her second hat trick of the season and the fourth of her career. The junior from Laguna Hills, California, also extended her goal streak to eight goals in her last five games played and has 14 goals in nine games.

Just over a minute into the game, Clark got the Badgers on the board by burying the puck past SCSU goaltender Janine Alder after it redirected off the skate of sophomore Sam Cogan. Clark doubled UW's lead four minutes later, tipping in a shot from the point.

Pankowski began her hat trick campaign shortly into the second period, finding the back of the net after one-timing a feed from Clark.

Minutes after, the junior scored her second goal of the game, tipping in a shot from Mikaela Gardner to put the Badgers up 4-0.

Pankowski completed the natural hat trick before the 10-minute mark in the second frame. With Clark carrying the puck into the offensive zone, the junior made a crisp pass to Pankowski, who sniped the puck straight to the upper corner of the net.

Clark polished off her first career hat trick to close out the first 40 minutes of play, scoring her third goal of the game on a power play. After receiving the puck from Pankowski, Clark moved to the net from along the goal line and roofed the puck over Alder to put Wisconsin up 6-0.

Despite a goaltending change for St. Cloud, Wisconsin's offense stayed hot heading into the final period. Freshman Abby Roque continued the scoring frenzy after sending a rocket past Taylor Crosby. Presley Norby increased UW's lead to 8-0 after her wrister from the high slot found the twine.

After receiving a net-front pass from Baylee Wellhausen, freshman Mekenzie Steffen buried the puck to tally Wisconsin's final goal of the game and the first of her career.

Ann-Renée Desbiens earned her first start since suffering a lower-body injury while playing for Team Canada last month. The UW senior stopped all 17 shots she faced from St. Cloud State to earn her ninth shutout of the season.

"It was good for her to get back in and get into the rhythm of face-offs, scoring opportunities and short-handed situations," Johnson said. "It was a good game for her to come back on. Now I know she is going to enjoy tomorrow night quite a bit."

Desbiens holds a 15-1-1 record in net and leads the NCAA in goals-against average (0.70), save percentage (.959) and winning percentage (.912).

UW outshot St. Cloud State 43-17, marking the 22nd time this year UW has outshot its opponent.

The two teams wrap up their WCHA series on Saturday in a "Fill the Bowl" contest at the Kohl Center. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. and fans can watch the game on Fox Sports Wisconsin.

"The most important thing is looking at what happens between the boards," Johnson said. "It's a night you have to enjoy, but when they drop the puck that's when you have to play. You can enjoy warmups, you can enjoy the introductions, the national anthem, but when you get all that stuff done and they drop the puck and get ready to play, let's play.

"It'll be fun for them all, once in a lifetime experience and something they take away from here that a lot of kids don't get a chance to do. It will be a lot of fun. A big thank you to our community and fans."