Balanced Attack Sends Wisconsin Past Bemidji State, 5-1
Senior defenseman Lauren Williams posts goal and assist for Badgers

Senior defenseman Lauren Williams had a goal and an assist for the Badgers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 16:18  BMJ1-0 PP Jacqueline Kaasa (3)Alexis Joyce/2, Emily Bergland/3
2nd 4:13  WIS1-1 EV Lauren Williams (2)Presley Norby/6, Grace Bowlby/5
2nd 7:58  WIS2-1 EV GW Maddie Rolfes (1)Mikaela Gardner/5, Maddie Rowe/2
2nd 10:15  WIS3-1 EV Abby Roque (4)Alexis Mauermann/5, Brette Pettet/3
3rd 3:57  WIS4-1 PP Claudia Kepler (6)Grace Bowlby/6, Mekenzie Steffen/4
3rd 7:11  WIS5-1 EV Sophia Shaver (3)Lauren Williams/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  1001
Wisconsin  0325
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  115622
Wisconsin  12171645
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (1-5-1)  1/2 2/4 0
Wisconsin (9-0-0)  1/2 2/4 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Erin Deters (L, 0-3-1)46:465 1214228
Kerigan Dowhy12:490 001212
Empty Net0:250     
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Kristen Campbell (W, 9-0-0)60:001 105621

MADISON, Wis. - The top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team scored three times in a six-minute span in the second frame to power the Badgers past Bemidji State, 5-1, on Friday night at LaBahn Arena.

After giving up a power-play goal in the first period, the Wisconsin (9-0-0, 3-0-0-0 WCHA) offense came to life in the second, scoring three quick goals to put the Badgers up 3-1 over Bemidji State (1-5-1, 0-3-0-0 WCHA).

The scoring run began four minutes into the second period when senior Lauren Williams buried her second goal of the year off a feed from sophomore Presley Norby.

Senior Maddie Rolfes stretched the lead to 2-1 just four minutes later, knocking a long-range shot through the legs of BSU goaltender Erin Deters.

Sophomore Abby Roque rounded out the second frame scoring when she collected fellow sophomore Alexis Mauermann's rebound and fired it past Deters to push Wisconsin's lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Senior Claudia Kepler tallied her team-leading sixth goal on a UW power play early in the third period before Sophia Shaver scored her second in three games to round out the scoring for the Badgers.

Play of the Game:

Kepler scored her third power-play goal of the season off a beautiful sequence of passing for the Badgers. The Verona, Wisconsin native scored off a tic-tac-toe feed from sophomore Mekenzie Steffen and freshman Grace Bowlby. Kepler now ranks second in the country in power-play goals with her three tallies.

Three Notes of the Game:

- Sophomore Kristen Campbell became the first Badger goaltender to win her first nine starts for the Cardinal and White. Campbell stopped 21 of the 22 shots she faced to improve to 9-0-0 this season.

- Wisconsin improved to 9-0-0 for only the second time in program history. The only team to enjoy a better start than this year's Badgers was the 2015-16 squad that began the season with an 18-0-0 ledger.

- UW also extended its home-unbeaten streak to 17 games and has outscored its opponents 85-10 during the stretch.

Straight from the Rink:

UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the change in the team's performance between the first and second periods:

"We've talked about all week that Bemidji State was going to come in and compete very hard through those three periods tonight, and certainly they'll do it tomorrow night, so we had to match that. But, it's nice outside, people are taking tests today, we have school, and so it took us a little while to focus in."

On watching the team recover from a tough first period:
"With a young group, we were in a situation last weekend. The first night, we were down 2-1 going into the third period. We found a way to win that game, and it was a great learning opportunity for the young players. You make a couple adjustments, you play a little smarter, and the end result is that you play down the offensive zone more than you're playing on your own end, which is the fun part."

On UW's five goals:
"There were some nice goals last weekend and tonight. Opposing teams defend well, and they clog the scoring area so you try to create rebounds and get yourself in a position to maybe get a rebound goal. We were able to do that in a couple of situations tonight. Overall, the last two periods were good, and that's where we need to start tomorrow night."

Sophomore forward Abby Roque
On the second period

"Once we got rolling, moved the puck around, the goals starting going in. I got hyped. Everybody on the team got hyped just to start getting the lead and show them that's how we play hockey here in Wisconsin."

On the team's scoring depth:
"I think it's important that we don't have one or two girls scoring. Everybody on our team is scoring, the D is scoring two out of the five goals with the forwards scoring three. That's what we need to win games."

Sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell
On her start at Wisconsin:

"I think coming in it was my goal to start and it's been going well. The team's been playing great in front of me. We just have to keep things rolling here."

Up Next:

The Badgers and Beavers wrap up their series on Saturday with a 7 p.m. contest at LaBahn Arena.