MADISON, Wis. - For the first time in LaBahn Arena history, the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team scored double-digit goals as UW took down St. Cloud State in an 11-1 series-finale win Sunday afternoon.
Eight different Badgers (25-2-1, 15-2-1-0 WCHA) scored during the series finale as Britta Curl, Delaney Drake and Sophie Shirley each recorded a pair of goals for UW.
Not even a minute into play, the Badgers got on the scoreboard with senior Abby Roque who took the puck coast to coast to slide the first of 11 goals into the Husky (5-20-4, 1-18-1-0 WCHA) net.
Five more Badgers posted tallies by the end of the first.
Sophomore Britta Curl recorded her third goal of the weekend at the 14:32 mark followed by junior Delaney Drake, who sniped another just inside the blueline three minutes later off a senior Presley Norby pass.
With a pass play from junior Brette Pettet below the goalline, sophomore Nicole LaMantia backhanded the fourth goal with 10:44 left in the first.
Sophomore Sophie Shirley avenged fallen linemate junior Daryl Watts with a top shelf snipe at just under three minutes to go in the period, and Pettet followed up with her own power-play tic-tac-toe goal a minute later.
The second brought Curl her fourth goal of the weekend as she collected a power-play backdoor pass from Watts with 15:38 left in the period.
Junior goaltender Breanna Blesi took some heat in the second as St. Cloud State netted its first and only goal of the weekend at the 7:13 mark.
Less than two minutes into the third, Norby knocked in a rebound for the first of four more Badger goals in the final period.
Watts added to the scoring frenzy as her shot trickled in with 7:46 left in the third, and Shirley followed three minutes later with her second of the game on a backdoor goal from Pettet.
For the eleventh and final goal, Drake picked up another with redirect from Steffen and 1:26 left in the game, marking Drake's first multi-goal game as a Badger.
Three notes of the game:
- Daryl Watts now holds 15 points in four games against St. Cloud State after posting four during Sunday's game thanks to one goal and three assists. She moved up to ninth place in school history for most points in a single-season to tie Erika Lawler (2008-09) with 64.
- Breanna Blesi made her third start of the season and finished out the second game of her career between the posts for the Badgers with 15 saves and a series sweep.
- UW's power play percentage improved to a .378 as it continues to lead the nation and rank third for overall for power-play goals with 31.
Straight from the Rink:
UW head coach Mark Johnson
On the game:
"Hopefully some of the things that we did this weekend we can take into next weekend's game. As far as puck possession, trying to figure out how to get pucks in nets and create scoring opportunities, I thought in yesterday's game we did a nice job. Probably three of the goals in the first period we were learning from last night. We showed a couple video clips this morning of how you navigate because Minnesota State is going to do the same thing.The energy up there on Friday afternoon, there's not going to be a lot of energy in the building and we're going to have to decide how energetic we want to play.
On what to see in the final forty minutes:
"I think we just want to play the game the right way. We talked about how: don't extend your shifts, don't try to do things you normally wouldn't during a game. For the most part, everything's okay. There's points and parts where you know you don't do that, but that's the nature of the situation you're in, where players want to stick around a little more. You just try to keep the energy up and do things the right way, and when you get to the end, make sure no one gets hurt.
Sophomore defenseman Nicole LaMantia
On the game:
"I think it's all about the team and boosting each other up making sure we don't break down and create bad habits. It's really easy to take the foot off the gas once you're up by a lot, but I think just keeping with it and keeping each other hyped up and ready to go for each shift is really important especially getting into the third period when people can zone out a little bit. Just staying engaged, kept everybody going, we kept the energy up through all 60 minutes."
Sophomore forward Sophie Shirley
On the game:
"We were just moving the puck very well and making sure we were getting pucks behind them, moving it quick, moving it fast, looking for those open spots and hitting those gaps. I think also shooting was a big part of our game today too. Once we started getting the puck to the net, they just started going in.
On the scoring frenzy:
"I think it kind of carried over from (Saturday's) game. We had three really good periods. Coming into it Coach said we needed to do the same things that we did yesterday, and I think with that follow up, we made sure we were forechecking hard, having good F1 contact and getting pucks into the net. Things went our way."
The Badgers head to Mankato, Minnesota, to take on the Minnesota State Mavericks in a Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, series. Puck drop is at 2:07 p.m. both days, and fans can watch UW on FloHockey (subscription) or follow the @BadgerWHockey Twitter.