|1st||1:22||WIS||1-0||EV||Sophia Shaver (4)||Sarah Nurse/6, Jenny Ryan/15|
|2nd||13:29||WIS||2-0||EV GW||Molly Doner (2)||Mikayla Johnson/3, Courtney Burke/12|
|2nd||14:15||WIS||3-0||EV||Emily Clark (8)||Baylee Wellhausen/3|
|2nd||17:22||LIN||1-3||EV||Rachel Weich (2)||Sarah Bobrowski/9|
|2nd||19:06||WIS||4-1||EV||Emily Clark (9)||Annie Pankowski/15, Jenny Ryan/16|
|3rd||14:06||WIS||5-1||PP||Rachel Jones (7)||Sydney McKibbon/12, Mikaela Gardner/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Nicole Hensley (L, 2-6-2)||60:00||5||27||11||7||45|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 12-0-0)||59:54||1||3||5||3||11|
MADISON, Wis. -- The top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team opened up a six-game home stretch on Friday afternoon with a 5-1 win over Lindenwood, lengthening their impressive winning streak that marks the best start in program history.
"We tried to get to the players all week to try to come out and play with some pace," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "Coming from classes to the rink to play a game, sometimes it takes a little while to get going, but from the start to the finish, we played well.
"We created a lot of opportunities. I thought their goaltender played very well for them. Overall, it was a very good game."
Sophomore Emily Clark paced the Wisconsin offense, scoring a pair of goals, while freshman Sophia Shaver, senior Molly Doner and senior Rachel Jones each lit the lamp once for Wisconsin.
Junior defenseman Jenny Ryan added a pair of assists and leads the nation in defensemen points with 18 this season.
"I'm just working on putting the small things together in my game," Ryan said. "Getting shots through, playing a solid defensive zone. It helps that every time I get it to the forwards, they're putting it in the net. Myself and my defensive partner, whoever that may be, are really working together. Ann's talking to us back there.
"I think that it's a collective effort from everybody on the ice and everybody is just working together really well. It makes everyone look good."
Sophomore Annie Pankowski collected an assist to extend her point streak to 16 games, which is tied for the sixth-longest in program.
The Badgers (13-0-0) set the pace early, dominating puck possession and spending most of the first period in the offensive zone.
Peppering Lindenwood's goaltender Nicole Hensley with shots, it Shaver who drew first blood, burying the puck off a feed from junior forward Sarah Nurse. It marked Shaver's fourth goal of the season.
Despite plenty more chances, the Badgers were unable to find the back of the net again in the first as Hensley fended off 28 shots in the first period and kept the Lions in the game.
Wisconsin hit its stride in the second period, as Doner broke open scoring with six minutes left, banging the puck in off of a Courtney Burke rebound.
Clark joined in on the fun just a few minutes later, sneaking the puck past Hensley with the assistance of her fellow sophomore linemate Baylee Wellhausen.
Lindenwood got on the board when senior Rachel Weich of the Lady Lions pulled the puck out of a scrum in front of the UW net and rifled one over the left shoulder of UW netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens.
Unfazed and relentless, Wisconsin answered just minutes later as Pankowski beat a handful of Lindenwood players on a rush up-ice and fed a beautiful pass to Clark who roofed her ninth goal of the season to put UW up 4-1.
With six minutes left in the game, senior forward Rachel Jones capped off the Wisconsin offensive attack as she recorded her seventh goal of the season, tipping in a Sydney McKibbon shot on Wisconsin's final power play of the game.
Desbiens stopped 11 of the 12 shots she faced to improve to 12-0-0 this season. She also collected her 49th career win, which is the fourth-most in program history.
The Badgers concluded the game having outshot the Lions 50-12, and are just one of two unbeaten teams left in the nation along with Boston College.
"Everyone is having fun," Clark said. "The depth is great as well - everyone's contributing every game and I think that really helps."
The Badgers looks to extend their streak as they face Lindenwood again this Sunday at LaBahn Arena, with the puck dropping at 2 p.m.
"We love playing in front of our fans, there's nothing like playing at the LaBahn," Ryan said. "It definitely brings a little bit more energy to our game."