|2nd||4:02||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Baylee Wellhausen (5)||Annie Pankowski/28, Erika Sowchuk/8|
|3rd||1:26||WIS||2-0||EV||Sam Cogan (8)||Emily Clark/17|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (9-20-1)||0/3||6/12||0|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 26-1-1)||59:53||0||2||6||9||17|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Alex LaMere (L, 7-14-1)||60:00||2||12||17||6||35|
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team has had its share of great goalies in program history, including Olympian Jesse Vetter and Alex Rigsby, who won 100 games during her collegiate career.
But none of the UW greats have had more shutouts in a single season than UW junior Ann-Renee Desbiens, who collected her 15th shutout of the season as the Badgers blanked Ohio State, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink.
"Congratulations not only to her but to her teammates," UW head coach Mark Johnson said of the accomplishment. "We had an opportunity, and we took advantage of our opportunity."
Desbiens turned away all 17 shots she faced, including nine in the final period, to improve to 26-1-1 in net this season. The La Malbaie, Quebec, native leads the NCAA in goals against average with a 0.61 mark, save percentage with a 0.966 clip, shutouts with 15 and wins with 26.
"It's pretty great," Desbiens said humbly. "I think they (her defensive corps) are responsible for pretty much all of it. There's no way you can do it by yourself. They've been giving me the opportunity to put up this number, it's amazing for me but it's also amazing for the team overall."
Sophomore Baylee Wellhausen put the Badgers on the board early in the second period and freshman Sam Cogan added a goal in the third to give the Badgers (28-1-1, 22-1-1-1 WCHA) their 10th-straight win.
"I think we feel pretty good about ourselves," Cogan said. "We're all really excited. It's always fun to win."
UW dominated play in the first, outshooting Ohio State (9-20-1, 5-18-1-1 WCHA) 12-2, but were unable to find the back of the net despite two power play opportunities and numerous high-quality scoring chances.
Early on in the second period, Desbiens faced a two-on-one OSU rush, but made a huge save to keep the Buckeyes off the scoreboard. The turnover gave the Badgers an offensive rush, allowing Wellhausen to crash the slot and put the puck behind Ohio State goalie Alex LaMere to give Wisconsin the 1-0 lead.
An OSU player-advantage to begin the final stanza didn't slow the Badgers' offense, as Cogan's goal came just 90 seconds into the third period. She received a pass from Emily Clark in front of LaMere and shelved it to double the UW lead. Cogan averages 0.67 points per game, ranking 17th nationally among the country's rookies.
Wisconsin will take its 10-game winning streak back to LaBahn Arena next weekend, Feb 13-14, to take on Minnesota State. Both games will have a 2 p.m. start.