MADISON, Wis. - A strong offensive effort by junior Katy Josephs propelled the No. 4 Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 4-1 victory over conference-rival St. Cloud State Friday night at the LaBahn Arena.
Josephs tallied two goals and two assists for four points on the night, matching her game-high goal and point totals.
"I haven't had a game like this in awhile, so it was really good for me," Josephs said. "I have to credit my teammates, none of those goals would've happened without their hard work too."
Redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman and senior Natalie Berg also contributed a goal a piece to give the Badgers a comfortable 4-0 lead before the Huskies could score their lone goal in the third period.
Wisconsin outshot the Huskies 56-17 in the contest, awarding senior goaltender Alex Rigsby 16 saves and the win. SCSU goalie Julie Friend tallied 52 saves.
The Huskies remained physical throughout the contest, however, recording 10 penalties that landed them 31 total minutes in the penalty box. But the Badgers battled back, an effort UW head coach Mark Johnson said he is proud of.
"The effort stuck out the most," Johnson said. "We talked about playing for 60 minutes and we came out with some energy. We built on what we did last weekend and kept the pace up. For the most part it was pretty good."
Berg was the first to put Wisconsin on the board, firing a rebound shot past Friend with three minutes remaining in the first period. The Badgers outshot the Huskies 16-3 in the first but only led by one goal at the period's end.
The Badgers came out relentless in the second stanza, tallying 32 shots and breaking the former single-period shots on goal record of 30 set in 2011 against Linidenwood. Josephs led the way for the Badgers, finding the back of the net on a slap-shot from 25 feet out at the beginning of the period and then punching the puck over Friend's shoulder again during a Wisconsin power play with only a minute remaining.
Despite a flurry of St. Cloud penalties in the second period that left players in the box for 21 total minutes, Josephs scored the only power play goal of the night. Junior Blayre Turnbull connected with Ammerman in front of SCSU's crease for a third goal in the second, awarding the Badgers a 4-0 lead heading into the final period. The Huskies recorded only one shot in the second.
SCSU senior Molli Mott slipped the puck past Rigsby eight and a half minutes into the third period, helping the Huskies avoid the shutout. But the comeback effort wasn't enough, and the Badgers claimed the 4-1 victory after recording 56 total shots.
The win improves Wisconsin's season record to 3-2-2 and overall record against the Huskies to 54-7-2.
The teams will square off again in the series conclusion tomorrow at 3 p.m. at LaBahn Arena.