|1st||4:51||WIS||1-0||EV||Alexis Mauermann (10)||Maddie Rolfes/13, Kristen Campbell/1|
|1st||11:15||WIS||2-0||EV||Claudia Kepler (17)||Presley Norby/16|
|2nd||7:36||STC||1-2||EV||Dana Rasmussen (4)||Emma Turbyville/8|
|2nd||8:22||WIS||3-1||EV GW||Maddie Rolfes (3)||-|
|3rd||7:06||STC||2-3||EV||Hallie Theodosopoulos (6)||Taylor Wemple/1, Kayla Friesen/8|
|St. Cloud State||0||1||1||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||11||5||3||19|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (6-17-3)||0/0||2/4||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (L, 4-7-2)||59:28||3||11||7||14||32|
|Kristen Campbell (W, 26-1-1)||60:00||2||11||4||2||17|
MADISON, Wis. - Despite a late comeback by conference foe St. Cloud State, the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team held on to defeat the Huskies, 3-2, in front of a sellout crowd Sunday at LaBahn Arena.
The Badgers (26-1-1, 17-0-1-1 WCHA) struck first after sophomore Alexis Mauermann stole the puck from a SCSU (6-17-3, 4-13-2-0 WCHA) defenseman in the neutral zone and fired it into the net to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead early in the opening frame.
Senior Claudia Kepler crashed the crease at the 8:45 mark of the first period and tapped the puck past SCSU goaltender Emma Polusny to earn her team-leading 17th goal of the season and extend the Badgers' lead to 2-0.
St. Cloud State cut Wisconsin's lead in half when sophomore Dana Rasmussen found the back of the net seven minutes into the second period, but senior Maddie Rolfes intercepted another SCSU pass a minute later and buried the game-winner to put Wisconsin up 3-1.
St. Cloud State scored another goal early in the third frame to pull within one, but the Badgers held the Huskies to just three shots in the final period to earn a 3-2 victory.
Three Notes of the Game
- After scoring a pair of goals in the first period, UW has now outscored its opponents 36-6 in the first period. The Badgers' +30 goal differential in the opening frame is the best in NCAA Division I women's hockey.
- With the win, the Badgers extend their home unbeaten streak to 26 games. Wisconsin is now just five games behind its program best streak of 31 games.
- For the second straight game, the Badgers dominated the third period, outshooting the Huskies 14-3. This game on the heels of UW outshooting SCSU 26-1 on Saturday.
Play of the Game
With five minutes to play in the first period, sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell denied St. Cloud State's best chance of the afternoon after denying Huskies forward Julia Tylke in a 1-on-1. Campbell improved to 26-1-1 on the season and her 26 wins are tied for the seventh most in program history.
Straight from the Rink
UW head coach Mark Johnson
On St. Cloud's aggressiveness:
"They showcased a little yesterday and they want to win too, and today we didn't have our 'A' game to use our brains and play a smart game. We were our own worst enemy today with a lot of turnovers and slapping the puck around and not taking care of it, but at the end of the day we found a way to win."
On how to keep the team focused:
"That's our job as the coaching staff along with the seniors that we have on the team is that you can't get ahead of yourself. We'll get them through Tuesday practice and get ready for Ohio State because it's a smaller rink and things are going to happen quickly with a lot of turnovers, so you're going to really come down with your thinking cap and play smart down there if you think you're going to have a chance to win."
Senior forward Claudia Kepler
On what she learned throughout the game:
"Coach said it in the locker room to be comfortable with the one goalie, and you could see that when we were out there with seven-eight minutes left in the game, we were getting pucks deep and playing playoff hockey, just doing all the little things."
On the upcoming playoff season:
"We're just taking it day by day. We don't want to look too far ahead, but we've already had a great experience so far, and it's been a lot of fun, so we're just going to keep enjoying the season and hope for the best."
Senior defenseman Maddie Rolfes
On her overall impression of the day's game & the character of the team:
"We faced some adversity for sure. They came out a lot harder. It was a different team than yesterday. We kind of came out with our B-, C game, so I think we battled through and put our noses to the grindstone and got it done. It shows that when adversity hits us, we will always come out strong and battle back, and especially that we don't crumble under pressure."
The No. 1 Badgers face one of their toughest tests of the season next weekend as UW heads to Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 5 Ohio State. Puck drop on Friday is set for 5 p.m. CT while Saturday's contest begins at 2 p.m.