NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Thanks to its second shutout of the weekend, the top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Merrimack 5-0 to complete a series sweep on Saturday afternoon.
The Badgers (4-0-0) were led by Makenna Webster with four points on one goal and three assists. Casey O'Brien had three points with one goal. Both players have scored goals in each of the four games this season. Marianne Picard, Daryl Watts and Sarah Wozniewicz each scored against the Warriors (0-4-0) as well.
O'Brien was first on the board for the fourth game in a row, scoring just over six minutes into the game. Webster then netted the puck late in the first to send the Badgers into the second period up 2-0.
Watts scored the only goal of the second period. She entered the NCAA Top-10 for career-points with 249 after that goal and now is in a tie with Kendall Coyne for ninth in NCAA history. In addition, Watts needs one more point to become only the ninth player in NCAA women's hockey history to record 250 points.
Wisconsin started the final period up 3-0 and added to the lead with a pair of goals in 51 seconds. With an extra attacker on the ice, Picard scored her first career goal to give UW a 4-0 lead before Wozniewicz added a power-play tally to give UW a 5-0 triumph.
Three Notes of the Game
- Webster and O'Brien have scored in each of their first four games of the season. Webster paces the NCAA in points with 13 while O'Brien leads the country with nine goals in four games.
- Kennedy Blair earned her second-straight shutout, stopping all 13 shots she faced.
- The Badgers have now outscored their opponents 27-1 during their first four games of the year.
Straight from the Rink
Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the O'Brien-Watts-Webster line:
"Against these teams that play hard and defend well, those are your opportunities. If you're willing to work, to move your feet and move the puck, you can create chances and that's what that line has been able to do for four games now."
On playing in front of the home crowd next week:
"It would be great not only for our freshman class, but our sophomore class too because they didn't get that chance last year. The game is sold out and we've got the banner going up, there's going to be a lot of excitement in the building and it'll be fun to have the fans back. We all missed them last year."
UW returns home to LaBahn Arena next weekend for its home-opening series against St. Cloud State. Puck drop on both Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10 is set for 2 p.m. and UW will honor its 2021 NCAA Championship team prior to Saturday's contest.