MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. - Thanks to a pair of goals from sophomores Casey O'Brien and Maddi Wheeler, the top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team earned an 8-1 win at Lindenwood on Friday night at the Centene Community Ice Center.
O'Brien and Wheeler were joined on the scoresheet by Wisconsin (1-0-0) seniors Brette Pettet and Daryl Watts along with sophomores Katie Kotlowski and Makenna Webster.
O'Brien scored Wisconsin's first goal of the season in the first period, tipping in a Webster pass to give UW a 1-0 lead over the Lions (0-1-0) after 20 minutes.
UW took control of the game in the second, scoring four times in the first 10 minutes of the period.
Pettet notched a power-play goal just 25 seconds into the start of the second period, setting the tone for the next 20 minutes.
Watts went top shelf to give UW a 3-0 lead before Wheeler scored a pair of goals in less than a minute to give UW a 5-0 lead after two periods.
Kotlowski scored her first collegiate goal while UW was shorthanded early in the third period before Webster and O'Brien rounded out the scoring following Lindenwood's lone goal of the game.
Three Notes of the Game
- Daryl Watts moved up the NCAA record books as the senior is in 14th place in career goals with 109 while she moved into a tie for 12th place in NCAA history in points with 244. She is tied with UW legend Brianna Decker and Boston College standout Haley Skarupa.
- Five Badgers made their debuts on Friday night, including Jane Gervais, who played the final 20 minutes in net for UW.
- Wisconsin improved to 18-0-1 in September and 18-0-0 all-time against Lindenwood.
Straight from the Rink
Head Coach Mark Johnson
On getting prepared for the season:
"As I told the team after the game, now we can start the process of getting better and becoming a real solid team. As I told them before the game, this is the most nerve-wracking game for a coach because you don't know what, did we prepare them well, are they ready to play a game? Like any first game of the year, the first eight, 10, 12 minutes are sloppy both ways but then things start settling down, we scored some goals and did a lot of good things. The big thing is now we progress and get better."
On the team's depth:
"We're going to need everybody. In different capacities we're going to need some kids to step up and kill penalties. I think we can put together a couple pretty good power-play units. It's just a matter of getting them up to game speed. You can practice as hard as you want but there's nothing better than playing a game."
Wisconsin wraps up its series at Lindenwood with a 3:30 p.m. game on Saturday.