|1st||9:15||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Claudia Kepler (13)||Presley Norby/15, Sophia Shaver/8|
|1st||19:47||WIS||2-0||EV||Baylee Wellhausen (6)||Mikaela Gardner/15, Abby Roque/20|
|3rd||15:35||WIS||3-0||EV||Claudia Kepler (14)||Sophia Shaver/9, Maddie Rowe/7|
|3rd||16:25||WIS||4-0||EV||Brette Pettet (9)||Abby Roque/21, Baylee Wellhausen/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (3-20-1)||0/4||0/0||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Chloe Crosby (L, 2-6-1)||60:00||4||9||12||11||32|
|Kristen Campbell (W, 23-1-0)||60:00||0||8||3||5||16|
MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Claudia Kepler tallied two goals to power the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 4-0 victory over Minnesota State Sunday at LaBahn Arena.
Kepler opened the scoring after grabbing sophomore Presley Norby's rebound and burying it to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead midway through the first frame.
With just 13 seconds remaining in the first period, senior Baylee Wellhausen fired a shot past Minnesota State's (3-20-1, 1-15-0-0 WCHA) Chloe Crosby to stretch Wisconsin's (23-1-0, 14-0-0-0 WCHA) lead to 2-0. Wellhausen ended the weekend with two goals and two assists.
Following a quiet second period, Kepler once again found the back of the net late in the third period before freshman Brette Pettet scored with just over three minutes left in the game. It marked Pettet's second goal of the weekend.
Three notes of the game
- Sophomore netminder Kristen Campbell earned her fourth-straight shutout, stopping all 16 shots she encountered. The Brandon, Manitoba, native is tied for the NCAA lead with eight shutouts and leads all NCAA Division I goaltenders in wins (23), goals-against average (0.92) and save percentage (.952).
- Wisconsin has now won its last 21 games against Minnesota and leads the all-time series 82-2-3.
- Sophomore Abby Roque picked up two assists and now has a WCHA-leading 21 assists on the season.
Play of the Game
Late in the third period, junior Sophia Shaver slotted a stellar 2-on-1 pass to Kepler who fired it past Crosby to collect her second goal of the afternoon.
UW head coach Mark Johnson
On the start of the second half:
"I think a lot of good things came out of this weekend. I thought we got challenged today, especially in the first five to seven minutes of the game. I think there was a lesson learned by the group that you have to come out and compete regardless of what happened the day before. It was a good lesson. After that point midway through the first period, the last 50 minutes were pretty good. We killed penalties well. We didn't get a chance to work on our power play today but a lot of good things came out of today's game, especially playing back-to-back."
On Claudia Kepler's play:
"Sophia made a great pass to her there in the third period and that's the right person to get the puck in the slot area because she knows how to finish it off. She made a great shot and has always been able to get the puck in the net. She's got a great shot and if she can get herself in position and get some opportunities in that area she can get the puck in the net."
Senior forward Claudia Kepler
On having a good start to the second half:
"It was awesome for our team to come out, especially in the first game we came out flying. It was mostly because we worked hard the past 10 days when we came back. We started out flying just because we've been here working hard over winter break."
On Minnesota State playing tougher today:
"I think it's a trend that we see when teams come here. The first game we come out flying and I think they understand the way we play here and they're able to pick up on some things so it becomes harder the second game."
Sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell
On how it feels to open up 2018 with two shutouts:
"It feels great just getting back at it with the girls. I think everyone was really excited to get going this weekend. To pick up where we left off, it just feels good to take this momentum back into 2018."
On how Sunday's game differed from Saturday's:
"I thought they came out really hard in the first period. They made some adjustments and really came at us off the hop. I think in the first period we tried to weather the storm and then after the first period I thought we were just rolling from there. Overall, it was a really great team effort out there this afternoon."
On taking this momentum to Bemidji:
"Heading into Bemidji we just have to keep taking it one game at a time and trust the process here going into the second stretch. I think Bemidji State has been on a pretty hot streak lately so they're going to hungry. We just have to play our game and things will work out well for us."
The Badgers head next weekend to northern Minnesota to take on Bemidji State. Puck drop on Friday is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday's series finale begins at 3 p.m.