MADISON, Wis. - Senior Emily Clark netted her second career hat trick to lead the top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 9-1 triumph against Syracuse on Sunday at LaBahn Arena.
Clark, senior Sophia Shaver, freshman Britta Curl, junior Alexis Mauermann, sophomore Brette Pettet, sophomore Caitlin Schneider and senior Annie Pankowski combined to score nine goals for Wisconsin (17-1-0, 7-1-0-0 WCHA), the team's most goals since scoring nine on Jan. 13, 2017 in a 9-0 victory against St. Cloud State.
Clark knocked in the first goal of the day at the 7:20 mark of the first period, her first goal since Sept. 29 after missing several weeks due to a lower-body injury. Shaver got in on the first period action with eight minutes left in the frame, driving in a powerful shot at the net to put the Badgers up 2-0. Before the period would end, Clark lit the lamp again, burying a sniper shot goal top-shelf to send the Badgers into the first intermission up 3-0 on the Orange.
Syracuse (4-12-1, 4-3-0 CHA) found the net with 5:23 left in the second period thanks to a short-handed goal, but the Badgers struck back quickly as Curl and Mauermann scored 41 seconds apart to give UW a four-goal advantage heading into the final frame of play.
Clark completed her hat trick in the third at the 8:53 mark of the final frame before Pettet extended the lead to 7-1 midway through the period. Schneider scored her first of the year with five minutes to go before Pankowski put the exclamation point on the win. The Laguna Hills, California native scored her second shorthanded goal in four games to round out the scoring.
Play of the Game
Annie Pankowski matched the school record with her eighth career shorthanded goal late in Sunday's 9-1 win. She beat out a Syracuse defender on a bad pass to force a 1-on-1 with SU netminder Maddie Welch. Pankowski deked Welch and slid the puck into the open net to join a four-way tie on UW's leaderboard for career short-handers with Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Blayre Turnbull.
Three Notes of the Game
- There were a lot of similarities between Sunday's 9-1 win and the last time UW scored nine goals, which was on Jan. 13, 2018 against St. Cloud State. Emily Clark's first career hat trick came in that win against the Huskies and Sunday's triumph marked the first time since UW's big win against SCSU that the Badgers scored three power-play goals in a single game
- After scoring her 11th goal of the season Sunday, senior Annie Pankowski is now tied for the school record in short-handed goals with eight. This was Pankowski's fifth-straight game with a goal.
- All four lines scored in Sunday's 9-1 victory: Clark and Pankowski from the first line, Curl from the second line, Mauermann and Shaver from the third line and Pettet and Schneider from the fourth line.
Straight from the Rink
Head Coach Mark Johnson
On what worked well:
"I think we did a lot of the same good things that we did yesterday. We pressured the puck well and kept a good pace. I thought that created opportunities for our players to score."
On power play performance:
"I think our most important power play came when we pushed the score up, 3-0. It's just one point on the scoreboard, but it makes a huge difference to go up by that margin."
On overall team confidence:
"We played with a lot of confidence this weekend. And we really didn't give up too much. Heading into our final two games before break, I am really pleased with how our game looks in a lot of different areas."
Senior Annie Pankowski
On the game today:
"It was a fun, hard fought game. We kind of knew what to expect because we watched a little video before the game. I think we really came out as a united front and that's what makes you great. It was a solid all-around effort."
On Clark's goals:
"We are all excited for her. We had a goal coming into the game to get that monkey off Emily's back and I think we accomplished that and I'm just really excited that she was able to find the back of the net three times tonight."
Senior Emily Clark
On her first goal after returning from an injury:
"It definitely feels amazing. I think there was a little bit of a monkey on my back just mentally and wanted to get that first one away. My line mates were definitely helping me out a lot to try and get that first one but it feels amazing."
On her hat trick:
"It's honestly an amazing feeling when you can contribute like that. Being a senior and getting and getting that at home, I love playing in LaBahn Arena. There's just something about hearing that horn here. Our team played amazing and we had all of our lines rolling and so many people contributing so I'm just proud of our team. Syracuse played us hard for all 120 minutes so we definitely had to work for those wins.
The Badgers wrap up 2018 with a trip to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for a conference series against St. Cloud State. UW and SCSU meet on Friday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. before meeting on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Both games can be seen live on Fox Sports Wisconsin.