|1st||8:38||WIS||1-0||PP GW||Brittany Ammerman (2)||Karley Sylvester/7, Annie Pankowski/8|
|1st||15:14||WIS||2-0||EV||Baylee Wellhausen (1)||Jenny Ryan/3, Sarah Nurse/3|
|2nd||6:34||WIS||3-0||PP||Brittany Ammerman (3)||Annie Pankowski/9, Blayre Turnbull/2|
|2nd||12:55||WIS||4-0||EV||Emily Clark (3)||Karley Sylvester/8|
|3rd||3:30||WIS||5-0||EV||Annie Pankowski (1)||Blayre Turnbull/3|
|3rd||8:38||WIS||6-0||SH||Blayre Turnbull (3)||Courtney Burke/1, Jenny Ryan/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (2-1-0)||0/9||5/10||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauve (L, 2-1-0)||43:20||5||7||10||1||18|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 3-0-0)||60:00||0||3||10||15||28|
MADISON, Wis. -- Led by a balanced offense and spectacular goaltending, the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team blanked Ohio State, 6-0, on Friday night in its home opener at LaBahn Arena.
A variety of Badgers (5-0-0, 3-0-0-0 WCHA) contributed to the offense, and a total of six different players recorded goals in the UW victory over Ohio State (2-1-0, 0-1-0-0 WCHA).
"It's a good situation to be in where you have a lot of kids that are on the score sheet, it obviously helps you win hockey games, but more importantly it gives confidence to those players," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "It was good having a victory, and it was a good way to start the season at home."
Ann-Renee Desbiens earned her fourth-career shutout, stopping all 28 shots she faced to earn her third triumph of the year. The sophomore goaltender now has a 14-1 career record and a career save percentage of .956.
Leading the way for the Badger offense with four points was senior captain Blayre Turnbull. Turnbull netted one goal and tallied three assists in the win over the Buckeyes.
"It's a great feeling, it gives us a lot of confidence up front knowing that any of our four lines can go out on the ice and score a goal," Turnbull said. "It gives us forwards a lot of confidence, you know it's not just one line that has to go on the ice when we need a goal. We can throw anyone out there and expect a goal from them."
Senior Karley Sylvester opened the scoring for Wisconsin midway through the first by netting a power-play goal with assists from Turnbull and freshman Annie Pankowski.
Freshman Baylee Wellhausen then added to the Wisconsin lead by tallying her first collegiate goal with just under five minutes to play in the first period. Sophomores Jenny Ryan and Sarah Nurse were credited with the assists.
Just six minutes into the second period, redshirt senior Brittany Ammerman extended the UW advantage to 3-0 on the power play with help from Pankowski and Turnbull.
Wisconsin added to its lead, as Emily Clark tallied her third goal of the season thanks to an assist from Sylvester.
Pankowski fired a wrister from the right circle early in the third period to score her first collegiate goal to go along with nine assists this season.
"She's had a couple of chances," Johnson said. "Usually that first one is the toughest one to get so, you know, she's played well, and hopefully she's got the monkey off the back early, and she can relax and continue to play better."
Turnbull rounded out the Wisconsin scoring, tallying a short-handed goal to propel Wisconsin to a 6-0 triumph. Turnbull's short-handed goal marked her eighth-career short-handed goal, tying her for the most in school history.
"It just boils down to executing our penalty kill," Turnbull said. "We try to trigger it off the draw to get puck possession, and when we do that, we end up being successful, even in the offensive zone. Obviously the objective of the penalty kill isn't to score, but when we execute it as well as we have been doing it, we sometimes get lucky and get a goal."
The Badgers killed all nine of their penalties tonight, while converting on two of their power-play chances.
"You don't want to take that many penalties and power plays for the other team," Johnson said. "Most teams have pretty good power plays, and you give them a chance to score, so we have to do a better job of staying out of the box."
The two teams wrap up their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Badgers look to match their best start to a season since the 2010-11 season, when Wisconsin began the season 8-0-0.
"The big thing I've told the group is that every game we have to get better," Johnson said. "We have to make strides, so that's what I'm looking for in Sunday's game - to play better than we did tonight."