MADISON, Wis. - The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team took care of business from the get-go Sunday afternoon, rolling past Minnesota State, 4-1 to complete the series sweep at LaBahn Arena.
Freshman Sophie Shirley (2), junior Alexis Mauermann and freshman Britta Curl all scored for Wisconsin (26-4-0, 16-4-0-0 WCHA) in Saturday's victory.
The Badgers didn't waste any time getting points on the board Sunday, scoring 1:15 into the contest off a blast from Shirley thanks to a beautiful feed from junior Sam Cogan. Cogan's assist gave the Ottawa native her 100th career point as a Wisconsin Badger, just a day after Badger teammate junior Abby Roque reached the century-mark for points.
UW extended their lead at the end of the first off a backhand shot from Mauermann, cleaning up a loose puck in front of a chaotic Mavericks (9-15-5, 3-14-3-0 WCHA) net with just 2:15 left in the frame.
Shirley struck again in the second just 1:26 into the period, sneaking behind the Maverick defense to bury the puck past MSU netminder Abigail Levy.
Wisconsin wouldn't light up the scoreboard again until the 7:26 mark of the third when Curl batted in UW's fourth goal of the day. The Mavericks would respond moments later with a score, but the lone goal would not be enough Sunday as the Badgers cruised to complete the season-sweep of MSU, 4-1
Play of the Game
The Badgers faced a 5-on-3 power play with less than five minutes to go, but were able to kill off the penalty and hold onto the 4-1 victory. It marks the second-straight weekend UW has had to kill off a 5-on-3 situation as UW was successful in its 4-0 win at Bemidji State last Saturday night.
Three Notes of the Game
- The Badgers extended their winning streak over the Mavericks to 25-straight games with the weekend sweep. Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Minnesota State, 84-2-3.
- UW's defense was electric throughout the weekend limiting the Mavericks to 25 total shots and three goals in the series. The Badgers kept the pressure on the MSU net, racking up 11 goals on 86 shots on goal.
- Wisconsin forwards Sam Cogan and Abby Roque made UW history this weekend, becoming the 25th (Roque) and 26th Badgers in history to tally 100+ career points. Roque reached the mark in Saturday's 7-2 victory over the Mavericks, while Cogan grabbed her 100th point off an assist in Sunday's 4-1 win.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the performance today:
"It was good. We got off to a good start and did a good job. Pleased with how hard we played this afternoon, yesterday, this whole weekend was good."
On the highlight of the week:
"It's been all of it, you can't pinpoint one thing or another, it's all been good."
On battling through shorthanded power-plays:
"It was good, we got challenged at the end. Teams are never out of it and all of a sudden you get down 5 on 3 and if they capitalized on both the score would be 4-3. We did a good job to eliminate some quality opportunities and ended up killing them off which is challenging."
Freshman forward Sophie Shirley
On playing in a physical game:
"When they get physical like that all you can do is skate through it, just keep skating through pucks and things like that. Once we got our feet under us we started to do the right things and it turned out okay."
On making plays around the net:
"Our main thing was just to try to get pucks to the net. Once we got pucks to the net we were crashing the net too so a couple of our goals we scored were garbage goals right in the crease."
Senior forward Sam Cogan
On the team's focus coming into the game:
"I think one of our focuses was to compete. If we're going to get one shot just keep whacking at it, whacking at it. It might take five whacks, six whacks to get it in and we knew that going into the game."
On scoring her 100th-career point:
"It felt great! I was pretty excited. It was on kind of on an iffy goal. They weren't sure if it was in or not but I was right at the crease and saw that it was 100 percent a goal. Coming into college I would've said that's definitely a goal I'd like to achieve and I'm happy I was able to do it. It's an honor."
The Badgers travel to Duluth, Minnesota for a series against WCHA rival Minnesota Duluth Friday Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. and Saturday Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in the AMSOIL Arena. The series can be heard in the Madison area on 100.9 FM.