|1st||10:08||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Presley Norby (10)||-|
|2nd||6:20||WIS||2-0||EV||Abby Roque (10)||Maddie Rowe/12, Baylee Wellhausen/11|
|2nd||6:36||WIS||3-0||EV||Abby Roque (11)||-|
|3rd||18:09||WIS||4-0||PP||Claudia Kepler (21)||Abby Roque/29, Sam Cogan/18|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Sidney Peters (L, 17-9-1)||60:00||4||13||8||14||35|
|Kristen Campbell (W, 31-4-2)||60:00||0||5||6||1||12|
MADISON, Wis. - The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team is set to make its fifth-straight NCAA Frozen Four appearance after defeating No. 5 Minnesota, 4-0, in front of an electric sold-out crowd Saturday at LaBahn Arena.
Sophomore Presley Norby opened the Badgers' scoring midway through the first period when she fired her own rebound past Minnesota (24-11-3) goaltender Sidney Peters to put Wisconsin (31-4-2) up 1-0.
Sophomore forward Abby Roque notched back-to-back goals 16 seconds apart in the second frame to extend the Badgers' lead to 3-0.
The WCHA Offensive Player of the Year, Roque now holds the record for fastest consecutive goals scored in the NCAA tournament.
After outshooting the Golden Gophers 15-1 in the final frame, senior Claudia Kepler rounded out the scoring with her team-leading 21st goal of the season to seal the 4-0 victory and send UW to the Frozen Four in Minneapolis.
Play of the Game:
With just eight seconds remaining on the penalty kill, UW sophomore goalie Kristen Campbell made a difficult glove save to deny the Golden Gophers late in the second period.
Three Notes of the Game
- The Badgers are bound for their fifth-straight Frozen Four appearance and their 11th in program history. Wisconsin has not missed out on a Frozen Four since 2013.
- Kristen Campbell earned her NCAA-leading 12th shutout with today's win. The sophomore netminder stopped all 12 shots she faced against the Gophers.
- With today's win, Wisconsin extended its home unbeaten streak to 29 games, just two behind its program best of 31, a streak that included the Badgers' first perfect home record in the 2015-16 season.
Straight from the Rink
Head coach Mark Johnson
On the overall game:
"I guess the first thing is to thank the fans for coming out, and supporting the program throughout the whole year, but especially today. I thought we had a packed, full house. You could feel the energy as we came out on the bench, and I thought the players rose to the occasion playing in front of a crowd.
"A big concern was to make sure we had energy. I thought we had four or five minutes where everyone is nervous and then settled down, but from that point on I think we had our best game of the year. Different areas, different facets. A big thing was did we capitalize on some of our opportunities, we were able to do that. We were very pleased and happy and proud of our team."
On Presley Norby's goal:
"The previous five times we've played them (Minnesota), the success we've had is in tight, rebounds, second and third efforts, and that's what we did today. We talked about getting the puck to the scoring area. It gets congested with two defensemen and a forward in that area so you've got three sticks and bodies we've got to get around so it's going to take some effort. In our business you have to get dirty and you have to get to those areas, and she was able to do that.
"I think she ended up with seven or eight shots today, and if you're watching the game, you're going to notice her on the ice. She's around the puck, she's trapping the puck, she's attacking the puck. This time of year you want your good players to be playing well and those are the ones that will lead you to where you want to go."
Sophomore Abby Roque
On scoring her two goals:
"I think the first play was a really nice play. I was trying to get it out of my skate but knew I'd have to move it to my backhand. The goalie was in my way but I got lucky enough to get past the defense. Then right off the bat, we had a nice turnover, it was a good forecheck, it was two-on-one and I figured that I'd shoot it in the same spot. I was lucky enough to have it go in. That really got us going I think, that momentum really helped us win the game."
On going 17 games with just one goal:
"I think that sometimes they just don't go in, everyone goes through a dry spell. I honestly didn't really notice I hadn't scored in so many games just because our line is being productive and that's what you look for. Maddie Rowe has been scoring, Baylee had a hat trick last weekend. I think today was my day to contribute to the goals category and they got the assists today."
On the absences of Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark due to the Olympics, and stepping up into their place:
"I love practicing with them, I love playing with them because they make me better. When they step out of the spotlight, you try to do your best to fill those gaps. I think the whole team has done a really good job. All three lines have been producing, all three lines score for us and I think this is a really special year for us. We don't really have one top line, we're all very even across the board and I think we've all stepped up."
Sophomore Kristen Campbell
On not seeing many shots:
"I think getting our first goal was huge, I love playing with a lead. Getting that first one, then seeing Abby get the second, it gives me so much confidence. The defense and forwards were playing unbelievable in front of me, making little plays and angling their players and not giving them much of anything at all. It was a great team effort. I just want to give the team the best chance to win out there."
On whether this was the best game the team has played:
"I would say so. Obviously last Sunday we weren't happy with that loss and I think we used that to fuel us today. Every little play we were making, I knew that we were going to get that chip out of the zone, everyone was giving it their all and you could tell that we really wanted it more today."
On whether this is what she hoped for when coming to Wisconsin:
"For sure. Last year, obviously they had a really strong year and coming in, I just wanted to give the team the best chance to win. I just really wanted to make it to this point, and I'm really excited for what's ahead for us."
The Badgers will travel back to Minneapolis next week to take on No. 3 Colgate in an NCAA semifinal game. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Friday and the game can be seen live on BTN.