|1st||2:04||WIS||1-0||EV||Brette Pettet (7)||Baylee Wellhausen/4, Natalie Buchbinder/3|
|1st||3:40||WIS||2-0||EV GW||Sophia Shaver (8)||Mekenzie Steffen/8, Lauren Williams/6|
|3rd||8:03||WIS||3-0||EV||Maddie Rolfes (2)||Mikaela Gardner/10, Alexis Mauermann/9|
|3rd||8:52||MND||1-3||EV||Naomi Rogge (10)||Catherine Daoust/6, Sydney Brodt/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (9-10-0)||0/2||4/8||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jessica Convery (L, 9-8-0)||59:42||3||14||9||15||38|
|Kristen Campbell (W, 19-1-0)||60:00||1||7||4||5||16|
MADISON, Wis. -- Thanks to goals from freshman Brette Pettet, junior Sophia Shaver and senior Maddie Rolfes, the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team matched its best start in program history after downing Minnesota Duluth, 3-1, Saturday at LaBahn Arena.
Early in the first period, Pettet knocked a loose rebound past UMD (9-10-0, 5-7-0-0 WCHA) goaltender Jessica Convery to put Wisconsin (19-1-0, 10-0-0-0 WCHA) up 1-0. Pettet finished the weekend with two goals and two assists.
Shaver added her third game-winning goal of the season less than two minutes later, redirecting a shot from Natalie Buchbinder into the net and stretching Wisconsin's lead to 2-0.
After a quiet second frame, senior Maddie Rolfes went coast-to-coast and snuck the puck past the pad of Convery in the third period to round out the Badgers' scoring.
UMD freshman Naomi Rogge put the Bulldogs on the board midway through the third frame, but the Badgers held off the Bulldogs in the final stretch to hold onto the win.
Play of the game
Maddie Rolfes put the game out of the Bulldogs' reach in the third period after carrying the puck from UW's defensive zone past a hoard of UMD players before cutting inside and burying it in the back of the net.
Three notes of the game
- Wisconsin extended its home unbeaten streak to 22 games, outscoring opponents 108-14 during the run.
- Kristen Campbell stopped 16 of the 17 shots she faced to improve to 19-1-0 for UW this year.
- Wisconsin tied its best start in school history through 20 games with its 19-1-0 start. The only other team in school history to begin the season with a .950 winning percentage was the 2008-09 squad that began its season with an 18-0-2 record.
Straight from the rink
UW head coach Mark Johnson
On what he learned about the team from the UMD series:
"A lot of things that we've done over the last month or five-six weeks, we continue to do some of those little things. It comes down to trying to create opportunities and look for second and third chances. We're probably most effective when we're playing from the top of the circles down into the offensive zone, and then put a lot of pressure on the team we're playing against. If we're consistent in that, we're generally pretty good. For most of this weekend we saw a lot of that. There were times that we'd break down, but that's going to happen in every game.
"Overall, moving forward, we're getting better at little things here and there. There are some little things we still need to continue to improve on, but that's all a part of the process. The effort today, trying to get to the pucks first, trying to be aggressive, especially early on, if you can capitalize early on like we talked about last night after the game, it's going to bode well. So we got two goals in a short period of time in the first five minutes of the period, that's what we want to do."
Junior Sophia Shaver
On her goal:
"Mekenzie (Steffen) made a really good pass to me in front of the slot and I was able to tip it in. We always practice that exact same play in practice all the time so we're glad it finally worked."
Senior Maddie Rolfes
On the UMD series:
"I thought we came out a lot stronger than we did last weekend. We kind of regrouped after a loss and came out stronger than ever. We had really good teamwork."
On her goal:
"Mikaela Gardner just made a really good D to D pass and no passes were really open so I just kind of skated until something opened up and drove to the net."
No. 1 Wisconsin wraps up the 2017 calendar year with a series at St. Cloud State on Dec. 8-9.