MADISON, Wis. - The top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team completed its weekend sweep of St. Cloud State thanks to a 6-1 win over the Huskies on Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
Daryl Watts put up a five-point game to help lead Wisconsin (6-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) while linemate Makenna Webster enjoyed a four-point outing during the Badgers' win over St. Cloud State (2-2-0, 0-2-0 WCHA). Casey O'Brien and Sarah Wozniewicz each put up a goal as well. Grace Bowlby joined Watts to lead the team in assists with three.
Watts opened up play with a goal from the slot just over one minute into the game to get the Badger started off on the right foot. St. Cloud State's Allie Cornelius scored St. Cloud State's only goal halfway through the first to level the playing field. Webster closed out the first period with a power-play goal to get Wisconsin up 2-1 headed into the second.
The Badgers doubled their goals in the second period with Webster putting up another power-play goal just under halfway through the period and Watts scoring from behind the net again. The team went into the third period up 4-1.
Casey O'Brien scored her NCAA-leading 10th goal of the season with just over four minutes left to play. Sarah Wozniewicz then scored the Badgers' final goal with a minute and a half left to extend her goal streak to four games.
Three Notes of the Game
- Kennedy Blair saw her incredible shutout streak draw to a close with only the second goal UW has allowed all year. Her streak of 240 minutes, 10 seconds that started in the NCAA championship game last March ranks 10th in school history.
- It marks the fourth time in the last five years that the Badgers have raced off to a 6-0 start.The Badgers have outscored their opponents 39-2 this season as UW's +37 goal differential is their best through six games in school history.
- Webster leads the country in points with 19, while Watts checks in second with 16 and O'Brien is third with 15 points. Webster and O'Brien have already surpassed their point totals from their freshmen seasons.
Straight from the Rink
Head Coach Mark Johnson
On how the the six games so far has prepared the team for bigger competitors:
"We will find that out when we step on the ice Friday up in Duluth, but it's good to have six games under our belt because you know other teams are going to create things and you've got to react to them and play accordingly, whether it's in our own end or on a power play or killing a penalty, the more time you get to practice in a competitive atmosphere, the strong you can become."
On the Badgers' top line:
"The chemistry has been good. Casey and Mak have played together for a number of years and we've seen what Daryl is capable of doing, she's a good goal scorer but you know even on the last plays when she's able to make passes into areas where you have to have a pretty good feel for the game and have to have a pretty good hockey sense and understand where your players are going."
The Badgers hit the road to take on No. 7 Minnesota Duluth this weekend in Duluth, Minnesota. Puck drop on Friday is set for noon while Sunday's series finale begins at 1 p.m. Both games can be seen in the Madison area on the CW.