MADISON, Wis. - Senior alternate captain Abby Roque tallied two goals and two assists to lead the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 6-1 triumph over Minnesota State on Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
Sophomore Sophie Shirley put the Badgers (12-1-1, 6-1-1-1 WCHA) on the board first with a power-play wraparound through the Mavericks (6-6-2, 2-6-2-2 WCHA) defense. Shirley took the pass off Roque and senior captain Mekenzie Steffen with 3:15 left in the first.
UW dominated possession leading into the second, keeping the puck in the offensive zone as much as possible and racking up the scoring opportunities.
With 9:45 left to go in the second, Roque netted a backhander on a spin with a pass from junior Daryl Watts.
Junior Brett Pettet added another power-play tally for the Badgers as the Kentville, Nova Scotia, native went top shelf at the 3:54 mark from junior Natalie Buchbinder and sophomore Nicole LaMantia.
The third period was a scoring frenzy from the start as Roque tapped in her second of the night.
With 14:44 left in the game, senior Alexis Mauermann posted a backhander from Pettet to tally her second goal of the season.
Watts came back with her own goal to even out UW at a six goal lead schooling MSU goaltender Abigail Levy in the process.
The Mavericks snagged a final five-hole with just under seven minutes to go but left the rest of the game to the Badgers.
Three notes of the game:
- After Sunday's game, Abby Roque posted a career high of 12 goals and is now only two assists away from becoming the eighth Badger to record 100 career assists.
- Wisconsin holds the nation's top three point scorers as Daryl Watts leads with 34 while Abby Roque and Sophie Shirley rank second in the country with 28.
- The Badgers defended their unbeaten home streak of 22 games and improved their winning streak against the Mavericks to 27 games.
Straight from the Rink:
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the game:
"I think from start to finish it was good. We knew that they were going to come out with some energy after the way the game finished up last night. I thought we responded well. A little game of chess going on early on, back and forth. Obviously it was nice to capitalize on our first power play. Then I thought going into the second period it was an opportunity for us to take control of the game. We talked about that between the first and second, and we were able to do that. Abby's goal was on a nice forecheck, and then we had another power play opportunity and scored a nice power play goal. Did we learn from yesterday into today? We did. We came out in the third period and instead of just sitting back or thinking it was going to be easy 20 minutes, we played hard. I think our forecheck was really good in the third period and eliminate a lot of other things. The last four or five minutes there were a lot of penalties going on, but at that point it's over."
On the six goals:
"It was good; it was a good effort. The good thing is that the players see the same thing that I see, and then you can talk about it, and then if they go and execute it. They get rewarded for their effort today. They show the ingredients of what it takes to be successful and now it's up to us to make sure we do that next Friday up in St. Cloud."
On the success of the power play:
"You look at the personnel, and it is all your ability to read what they give you. Teams try to take certain things away and then it is just up to the players on the ice to figure out who is open and where we can get an opening. We tried a couple things last night and we had some good chances and then tonight we kept going back to back door with Shirley and she was able to have enough space to get it through. If they keep giving you sometimes there is no reason to do anything else. If they take something away then you have to make adjustments. Between Abby, Sophie, and Watt, kids that understand passing lanes, see passing lanes, and can make passes, it creates opportunity. Britta is good in front of the net, she's a good tipper, she's a good rebound person... but you still have to go execute it."
The Badgers head to Minnesota to take on St. Cloud State Friday, Nov. 22 at 6:07 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:07 p.m.