MADISON, Wis. - The heat was turned up at LaBahn Arena Saturday night as the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team closed out a sweep of Penn State with a 3-0 win in front of a sellout crowd.
Junior Daryl Watts, the 2018 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, scored twice for the Badgers (4-0-0, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) while junior Caitlin Schneider scored her second of the year to complete the sweep of the Nittany Lions (0-2-2, 0-0-0 CHA)
Just nine minutes into the first, the Badgers thwarted an aggressive affront by the Nittany Lions.
Watts put up a top right wrister, assisted by sophomore Sophie Shirley and senior Abby Roque, to give the Badgers an early lead.
After an intense scoreless second period, Schneider snuck the puck in just 54 seconds into the third from a pass up the ice by senior Presley Norby.
Two minutes later, Watts came back with her first multi-goal game of the season off a rebound from junior Grace Bowlby, assisted by sophomore Sophie Shirley.
Three notes of the game:
- Daryl Watts became the sixth Wisconsin women's hockey player to score in each of the first four games of the season. Previous players include Meghan Hunter, 2000; Jinelle Zaugg, 2006; Brianna Decker, 2011; Hilary Knight, 2011; and Annie Pankowski, 2015.
- The Badgers improved their LaBahn Arena record to an impressive 75-2-4 in the last five years.
- Senior netminder Kristen Campbell won her 70th game as a Badger, needing only six more to pass Jackie McMillan (1999-03) as fourth in school history, all the while improving her winning percentage to a .867 school record.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the game:
"Penn State played well the first period. They put us on our heels a little bit. They had a couple power plays where they didn't score on them, but they created energy. We started the second period and we had a little bit more bite and we pushed back a little bit. We pretty much controlled most of the game except the first period, but it was nice to start the third period off with a couple quick goals. That puts us in a situation where we can do some things, but if its 1-0 it might be a little bit different because you're only one shot away from a tie game."
On the Badgers' top line:
"They allow their play to generally have the puck and crate scoring opportunities. It's nice to see them get rewarded and just continue to push themselves and play hard because other teams are obviously going to see us play, recognize that and try to shut them down. They're three skilled players and if they're properly moving their feet, they're pretty exciting to watch."
The Badgers road trip it to Columbus, Ohio to take on No. 9 Ohio State Oct. 11-12 to open up WCHA league play.