BEMIDJI, Minn. - No. 1 University of Wisconsin showed why its the top-ranked team in the nation Saturday afternoon by rebounding with a 4-0 victory over the Bemidji State University women's hockey team in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Badgers (24-4-0, 14-4-0-0 WCHA) dominated the second period and scored three goals during the middle frame en-route to the 4-0 victory over the Beavers (10-16-2, 7-9-2-0 WCHA) and series split.
Bemidji State earned a total of three points in WCHA play over the weekend and is fifth place in the league standings with 23 points with three weeks left in the regular season.
Wisconsin's Sam Cogan scored the game's first two goals for the Badgers while Britta Curl and Maddie Rolfes scored the third and fourth goals, respectively.
Sophomore Kerigan Dowhy was in net for the Beavers and made 22 saves on 26 shots while the Beavers were outshot 26-15 in the game despite being tied 6-6 after the first period.
The first period played out in favor of the Beavers in that there were limited scoring chances for either team and the scored remained unchanged at 0-0. However, just 1:00 into the second period, Cogan buried her first goal of the game off of a nice tic-tac-toe play. Cogan scored her second goal of the game at 8:39 while on the power play for the 2-0 lead followed by Curl's goal at 12:56 to go up 3-0.
Bemidji State had an opportunity to score halfway through the third period when two Badgers were sent to the penalty box for the 5-on-3 advantage. BSU pulled its goaltender Dowhy in favor of the sixth skater but after blocking a shot from the point, Wisconsin's Maddie Rolfes sent the puck into the empty net from her defensive zone. Neither team would add another tally and Wisconsin earned the 4-0 victory and series split.
The Beavers came up empty on all four of its power-play chances in the game and gave up a short-handed, empty-net goal while the Badgers were 1-for-3 on the power play.
Bemidji State will spend the next two weekends on the road before wrapping up the 2018-19 regular season. The Beavers travel to No. 9 Ohio State University Feb. 8-9 before travelling to St. Cloud State University Feb. 15-16. BSU then hosts No. 2 University of Minnesota Feb. 22-23 for the final series of the regular season.