DULUTH, Minn. - The top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey earned their fifth shutout of the year on Friday afternoon, blanking No. 7 Minnesota Duluth, 3-0 at AMSOIL Arena.
Sophomores Makenna Webster and Maddi Wheeler both put up goals to help Wisconsin (7-0-0, 3-0-0-0 WCHA) continue its undefeated run to open the 2021-22 season.
Webster got the game started with a goal just over halfway through the first period. The Badgers went into the second period up 1-0 over the Bulldogs (2-3-0, 2-3-0-0 WCHA).
Wheeler netted the puck in the second to get Wisconsin up 2-0 and Webster lit the lamp for the second time with 24 seconds left to play. Duluth remained scoreless as the Badgers headed into the third up 3-0.
Goaltender Kennedy Blair recorded her fourth shutout of the season, stopping all 24 shots she faced to improve to 6-0-0 in net this year.
Three Notes of the Game
- Webster leads the NCAA in points with 21 and has multiple points in each game she's played in this year. She has scored in six of the seven games of the 2021-22 season.
- The Badgers have outscored their opponents 42-2 this season and have five shutouts in their seven games.
- Four Badgers rank in the top-10 in the NCAA in scoring. Webster leads the country with 21 points, while Watts is second with 17, O'Brien is third with 16 points and Sophie Shirley is eighth with 11 points after a two-assist afternoon
Straight from the Rink
Head Coach Mark Johnson
On playing smart:
"If you play well on your end and you work hard and play smart, chances are you're going to be moving down to the other end of the ice pretty quick. This is a smaller rink with really tight corners so even if you miss the net on a shot, the puck's going to wrap around and get out to the neutral zone so it changes the way you play. But again, we're staying above the puck well and doing things that we needed to do to counter what they were trying to do."
On goaltender Kennedy Blair:
"She's tracking the puck well and making saves at times that we need to, especially in the first period when they get a power play. Last weekend they (Duluth) capitalized quite a bit on their powerplay and beat Minnesota the second night."
Sophomore Forward Makenna Webster
On team focus:
"Obviously we were short a few players but I think everyone stepped up and I think all three of our lines played a full game. We really focused in the neutral zone and the defensive zone and made opportunities for the offensive zone."
Senior goaltender Kennedy Blair
On playing big:
"I feel more confident in my game this year, I think because of maturity levels and just over the years learning from my mistakes and stuff. That's one thing that I feel better about this year, just more confident in my game, more calm with the maturity level I'm at."
The Badgers and Bulldogs will conclude their series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. The game can be seen live in the Madison area on the CW.