|1st||10:51||WIS||1-0||PP GW||Blayre Turnbull (9)||Courtney Burke/11, Ann-Renée Desbiens/2|
|1st||17:48||WIS||2-0||PP||Annie Pankowski (15)||Courtney Burke/12, Blayre Turnbull/15|
|1st||19:10||WIS||3-0||PP||Blayre Turnbull (10)||Annie Pankowski/18, Courtney Burke/13|
|3rd||9:15||WIS||4-0||PP||Blayre Turnbull (11)||Courtney Burke/14, Maddie Rolfes/7|
|3rd||10:19||WIS||5-0||EV||Emily Clark (9)||Annie Pankowski/19, Mellissa Channell/13|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (17-8-5)||0/5||8/16||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kayla Black (L, 16-8-5)||20:00||3||7||0||0||7|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 19-4-4)||59:38||0||8||6||6||20|
MADISON, Wisc. - In front of a sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena on Saturday night, Wisconsin senior captain Blayre Turnbull made the most of her senior night, earning her first career hat trick as the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team blanked No. 7 Minnesota Duluth, 5-0.
Turnbull became the first in school history to tally three power-play scores, lighting the lamp twice in the first frame before adding her third power-play goal of the night midway through the third.
Fast Facts • Blayre Turnbull netted her first career hat trick • Ann-Renee Desbiens notched her 11th shutout of the season • Courtney Burke had a career-high four assists
"It was good to see," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "It's Senior Night, her dad is in town and it's an emotional start to the game. For her to go out that way and get a hat trick on a special night, being our captain and leading us, you're very happy for those situations when they happen."
"She certainly worked hard and obviously the power play was a key for us tonight."
"It's exciting but I think the main thing is we won the game by more than one goal," Turnbull said. "It's something we've been working on recently in practice is getting pucks to the net and getting bodies to the net to make sure we're scoring on our chances."
"I guess in one way it was special but at the same time the main thing is that we won. So that was better for me than getting a hat trick."
Freshman Annie Pankowski tallied her first-career power-play strike and her team-leading 15th goal of the season, while linemate Emily Clark recorded UW's final goal of the night. UW junior Courtney Burke assisted on Wisconsin's first four goals to collect a career-best four assists in the victory.
"I think we just had a lot more energy," Pankowski said. "We were out there for our seniors today and we just really wanted to win for them so we had a lot of energy from that."
The Badgers went 4-of-8 with a man advantage tonight, as their four power-play goals were a season-best.
Wisconsin was also sensational on the penalty kill, holding UMD scoreless on its four power-play chances. The Badgers have killed their past 51 penalties, a streak that dates back to Oct. 24, 2014. UW has killed 90 of its 93 penalties this year for a conversion rate of .968, the nation's best mark.
"It's a big part of the game," Johnson said. "We need to continue to have it be successful because 5-on-5 situations become more difficult to score on. It becomes important certainly during the regular season but it gets magnified as you enter the postseason."
Turnbull gave UW a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, going coast-to-coast before beating UMD netminder Kayla Black on the UW power play.
After a Burke rocket from the point on a Wisconsin power play, Pankowski buried the rebound to double the UW lead with just over two minutes left in the first frame.
Turnbull capped off UW's scoring in the first by pouncing on a Pankowski rebound to bury her second power-play goal of the period. The Badgers ended the period outshooting UMD 10-8, and went 3-of-4 on the man advantage.
After a scoreless second, Turnbull tallied her third midway through the final period to collect her first career hat trick. The UW captain beat UMD goaltender Evelina Sounpaa, who replaced Black after the first period, five hole to earn her 11th goal of the season.
Clark capped off the scoring, capitalizing on a Pankowski pass to record her ninth tally of the season.
The Badgers outshot the Bulldogs 31-20, including a 14-6 advantage in the final period.
Sophomore goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens pitched her second-straight shutout, stopping all 20 saves in the win. Desbiens now has 11 shutouts this year, the second-most by a UW netminder in a single season and the second-most in the NCAA this season.
"She was really sharp again tonight," Johnson said. "I thought in both games she competed and played very well. She was sick for about three or four days during the week and didn't get to practice very much, but came out in both games and really earned both shutouts. She was tested certainly in the early part of the game today. So I'm very happy for her."
"You watch the game out there and you see she makes some big saves even though some games she doesn't get a whole lot of shots," Turnbull said. "But other teams get quality scoring chances against us and she keeps us in a lot of games."
Prior to the game Wisconsin recognized its senior class of Brittany Ammerman, Katy Josephs, Karley Sylvester, Katarina Zgraja and Turnbull.
"It's a tough night," Johnson said. "The parents are coming off, the kids are emotional. A lot of them have tears in their eyes, it's over four years of work and all of a sudden you're looking at this night being one of the last times they put on the Badger jersey with parents and friends in town.
"So the nice thing is they went out and they got themselves a victory so they can enjoy this evening and tomorrow with their families so that makes it more special."
The Badgers hit the road for the final time in WCHA regular season play next weekend, travelling to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State. Faceoff on Friday is set for 5 p.m. (CT), while Saturday's contest at the OSU Ice Rink begins at 3 p.m.