MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. - A day after posting her first career multi-goal game, Wisconsin women's hockey sophomore Casey O'Brien scored four goals to lead the top-ranked Badgers to a 10-0 win at Lindenwood on Saturday at the Centene Community Ice Center.
O'Brien became the first Badger (2-0-0) skater to post four goals in a game since Sarah Nurse did so against North Dakota on Oct. 23, 2016 and became the first Badger to record a natural hat trick since Hilary Knight did so against RPI during the 2010-11 season.
The Milton, Massachusetts, native put UW on the board with two goals in the first period against the Lions (0-2-0) before potting her third goal 40 seconds into the second period.
Katie Kotlowski, a day after scoring her first career goal, posted two goals in the second period while Brette Pettet, Sophie Shirley and Maddie Posick all scored in the middle frame.
O'Brien added her fourth goal early in the third period before linemate Makenna Webster capped off the scoring for UW.
Redshirt junior Cami Kronish made her first career start in net for UW, stopping 10 shots before Jane Gervais played the third period and made a pair of saves.
Three Notes of the Game
- Wisconsin's six goals in the second period are tied for the fourth most in school history. The last time UW scored that many goals in a period was in the first period against Long Island on Oct. 20, 2019.
- The Badgers remain undefeated in September with a 19-0-1 record and also are undefeated against Lindenwood with a 19-0-0 ledger against the Lions.
- Four Badgers recorded their first career points today as Kendra Nealey, Sarah Wozniewicz, Mayson Toft and Marianne Picard all earned assists Saturday afternoon.
Straight from the Rink
Head Coach Mark Johnson
On players getting ice time:
"The important thing is that everybody got to play. We were able to distribute some minutes to our goaltenders and everybody got a feel of it. For the players, with 11 forwards they got mixed and matched a little bit so people got to play with different people than they normally would. Overall, you look at the script and it was written pretty well. We just were able to execute it. I'm very happy with the way things came out."
On back-to-back road trips:
"We don't have much of a training camp so everything we can do to get kids around each other as far as bonding and trying to create that team unity. The best place to do it is being on the road. A six hour bus ride down here and now a six hour bus ride back home and then a flight next weekend and some time just to get to know each other and play some game."
On starting off the season:
"It was really nice to start the season off on a high note. We all are really close off the ice so I think that showed this weekend. Our first games we weren't sure what to expect but we all came in excited and ready to play."
On this season:
"I'm just having a lot more fun playing this year, I'm a lot more confident and I think I showed that this weekend and our whole team, my linemates especially, are having a ton of fun playing together. That's what we showed this weekend."
Wisconsin continues its road swing with a trip to Merrimack next weekend. The first-ever meeting between the Badgers and Warriors will take place on Friday at 1 p.m. CT while the two teams will wrap up their series on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.