|1st||17:38||WIS||1-0||EV||Annie Pankowski (16)||Jenny Ryan/19, Sam Cogan/9|
|2nd||2:43||WIS||2-0||PP GW||Jenny Ryan (4)||Sarah Nurse/9, Annie Pankowski/20|
|2nd||4:50||WIS||3-0||EV||Sarah Nurse (15)||Sophia Shaver/1, Sydney McKibbon/20|
|3rd||15:32||MND||1-3||EV||Sidney Morin (2)||Michela Cava/10, Ashleigh Brykaliuk/17|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (9-12-1)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Karissa Grapp (L, 0-1-0)||58:53||3||8||13||8||29|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 18-1-1)||60:00||1||6||7||8||21|
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team secured its 16th-consecutive home win, the longest streak in program history, trumping Minnesota Duluth 3-1 on Sunday in front of a sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena.
The Badgers (20-1-1, 14-1-1-1 WCHA) extended their unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs (9-12-1, 6-9-1-0 WCHA) to 14 games, the longest streak against an opponent, as sophomore Annie Pankowski and juniors Jenny Ryan and Sarah Nurse each collected a goal and an assist in the win.
UW goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens collected 21 saves in the win, improving to 18-1-1 this season. She leads the country with a 0.71 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage.
Pankowski scored the only goal of the first period, skating into the slot and ripping the puck past Bulldog netminder Karissa Grapp for the 1-0 lead.
"It always feels good to score goals in your home rink, just feeling the crowd here in LaBahn and your teammates," Pankowski said of her 16th goal this season. "That's a feeling that you can't get when you're away. Being able to put the puck in the net really gives you confidence moving forward."
Wasting no time, Ryan and Nurse notched two goals in the first five minutes of play in the second period. Ryan snagged a pass from Nurse, one-timing a slapshot past Grapp for the two-goal lead on Wisconsin's first power play of the game.
Nurse collected her third goal of the weekend when she and freshman Sophia Shaver had a two-on-one opportunity in the UMD zone. Shaver drew Grapp and a defenseman wide, then dished the puck to Nurse in front of a wide open net.
"Nurse could have probably had three goals by herself in the second period when we had quality opportunities," UW head coach Mark Johnson said of the scoring chances. "Minnesota Duluth's goaltender, like Ann-Renée, when we created some opportunities, she made a lot of saves. We were fortunate to get three by her today."
The Badgers outshot the Bulldogs 15-7 in the second period.
Minnesota Duluth would rally late in the third period, outshooting Wisconsin 9-8 in the final frame. A goal from UMD junior Sidney Morin came with just under five minutes left in regulation, but was too little, too late as the Bulldogs could not recover the two-goal deficit.
"There is a bunch of things we did well and there's some things we didn't do well," Johnson said. "We'll address those as the week unfolds here and get ready to go to Bemidji. The big thing is we need to try to make strides and make improvements."
Wisconsin hits the road next weekend to northern Minnesota take on No. 5 Bemidji State. Faceoff on both Friday and Saturday is set for 2 p.m. at the Sanford Center.