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This Week in Women's Hockey

Sept. 26 at Lindenwood W, 5-1
Sept. 27 at Lindenwood W, 6-0
Oct. 3 at No. 10 Minnesota Duluth* W, 4-1
Oct. 4 at No. 10 Minnesota Duluth* W, 6-2
Oct. 10 Ohio State* W, 6-0
Oct. 12 Ohio State* W, 3-0
Oct. 17 No. 2 Minnesota* L, 4-1
Oct. 18 No. 2 Minnesota* L, 2-1 (OT)
Oct. 24 at Bemidji St* W, 2-1
Oct. 25 at Bemidji St* W, 4-3
Oct. 31 at No. 10 North Dakota* 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 at No. 10 North Dakota* 3 p.m.
Nov. 13 Minnesota State* 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 Minnesota State* 3 p.m.
Nov. 21 at St. Cloud State* 3 p.m.
Nov. 22 at St. Cloud State* 3 p.m.
Nov. 28 at New Hampshire 6 p.m.
Nov. 29 at New Hampshire 1 p.m.
Dec. 5 North Dakota* 3 p.m.
Dec. 7 North Dakota* 2 p.m.
Jan. 10 at Minnesota* 4 p.m.
Jan. 11 at Minnesota* 2 p.m.
Jan. 16 Bemidji State* 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 Bemidji State* 3 p.m.
Jan. 24 Clarkson 2 p.m.
Jan. 25 Clarkson 12 p.m.
Jan. 30 at Minnesota State* 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 at Minnesota State* 3 p.m.
Feb. 6 Minnesota Duluth* 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 Minnesota Duluth* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 at Ohio State* 5 p.m.
Feb. 14 at Ohio State* TBA
Feb. 20 St. Cloud State* 2 p.m.
Feb. 22 St. Cloud State* 12 p.m.
Feb. 27 WCHA First Round TBA
Feb. 28 WCHA First Round TBA
March 1 WCHA First Round TBA
March 7 WCHA Final Face-Off TBA
March 8 WCHA Final Faceoff TBA
* WCHA Game
^ WCHA First-Round Playoffs
% 2014 WCHA Final Face-Off

# 2014 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
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1 Jorie Walters JR G
2 Mellissa Channell SO D
3 Maddie Rolfes FR D
5 Jenny Ryan SO D
6 Courtney Burke JR D
8 Katilyn Harding JR F
9 Molly Doner JR F
10 Brittany Ammerman RS SR F
11 Sydney McKibbon SO F
12 Katy Josephs SR F
13 Katarina Zgraja SR D
14 Lauren Williams FR D
16 Sarah Nurse SO F
17 Blayre Turnbull SR F
19 Annie Pankowski FR F
20 Mikayla Johnson RS SO F
21 Baylee Wellhausen FR F
23 Kim Drake JR F
24 Karley Sylvester SR F
25 Erika Sowchuk JR F
26 Emily Clark FR F
27 Rachel Jones JR F
30 Ann-Renée Desbiens SO G
32 Megan Miller RS JR G
Complete Roster

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Wisconsin will look to prove their mettle against a third ranked opponent this year in Grand Forks, N.D as the Badgers face North Dakota in a WCHA showdown. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena and again at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

 No. 2/3 Wisconsin (8-2-0) at No. 10  North Dakota (4-4-0)
Date Friday, October 31 | 7:07 p.m. (CT)
Saturday, November 1 | 3:07 p.m. (CT)
Location Grand Forks, North Dakota  |  Ralph Engelstad Arena
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Key notes to consider
• The Badgers have this week’s reining WCHA Rookie of the Week, as freshman Baylee Wellhausen became the third Badger this year to earn the award.

• The Badgers will be without three top players, as senior captain Blayre Turnbull, along with standout freshmen Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark will be joining their respective national teams at the Four Nations Cup. Turnbull and Clark will miss both games this weekend, while Pankowski will miss Saturday’s tilt.

• The Badgers rank fifth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 3.80 goals per game.

• UW also ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 1.40 goals per contest.

• Brittany Ammerman and Sarah Nurse are tied for the second in the country in power-play goals with three. Ammerman has a team-leading six goals this year and 11 points, while Nurse ties for second with four goals on the year.

• Karley Sylvester leads the nation in assists with 11 after passing teammate Annie Pankowski’s 10, good for second in the country.

• Annie Pankowski has been the most prolific scoring freshman in the country with 12 points.

• Ann-Renee Desbiens enters the weekend with a 6-2-0 record this season, and a .927 save percentage. Desbiens has a career record of 17-3-0, with her three losses coming at the hands of ranked opponents.

Number of the week
The Badgers rank fifth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 3.80 goals per game. UW has outscored its opponents 38-14 through its 10 games this season.

Against North Dakota
• The Badgers lead the all-time series with North Dakota 39-6-2, including 16-1-2 when playing on the road against UND.

• The Badgers have been in a few close battles as of late as UW has a 5-4-1 advantage in the last 10 meetings between the two squads.

• UND has knocked UW out of the WCHA Final Faceoff the past two seasons, as UW fell 1-0 to UND in last year’s conference tournament. 

About North Dakota
• North Dakota will be without sophomore Halli Krzyzaniak, who will be making her first appearance with the Canadian senior women’s team.

• UND traveled to Minnesota last weekend for a series against the nation’s No. 1 team. On Friday night, senior captain Andrea Dalen got North Dakota on the board less than three minutes into the game, but Minnesota found an equalizer before the period ended and scored the next three goals in the game to take a 3-1 lead.

• Junior Tanja Eisenschmid got one back for UND with less than four minutes remaining, but two empty-netters from the Gophers would seal the win for the home side.

• Minnesota stymied the North Dakota offense the next night in a 5-0 shutout victory to complete the sweep. Sophomore Lexie Shaw made 46 saves in the loss, a new career high for her. UND could not slow the Gophers’ power play, which went 2-for-6, despite 17 saves from Shaw on the penalty kill. North Dakota’s seven shots on goal in the 5-0 loss were its lowest total of the season.

• 16 of UND’s 19 skaters have already recorded a point this season, including 11 goal scorers. Junior Becca Kohler leads UND in four major scoring categories, points (10), goals (4), assists (6) and power-play goals (3).

• Senior Josefine Jakobsen is tied for fifth among the nation’s skaters with a total of 18 blocked shots, averaging 2.25 blocks per game. Jakobsen tallied 86 blocked shots (2.38 b/gm) last season.

• Kohler is tied for second in the nation with three power-play goals on the year. Additionally, with 10 points through eight games, she is 22nd in the nation averaging 1.25 points per game.

Last time against North Dakota:
North Dakota 1, Wisconsin 0 (March 7, 2014)
The No. 2-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 9 North Dakota in the semifinals of the WCHA Final Face-Off on Friday at the Sanford Center.

Despite outshooting UND 35-24, the Badgers were unable to light the lamp for the second time in the past three games.

After UW outshot UND 15-8 in the first period, North Dakota jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Meghan Dufault slid her own rebound past UW senior netminder Alex Rigsby with three minutes remaining in the second period.

After UND dominated the early parts of the third, Wisconsin had some chances late in the period but couldn’t convert.

Rigsby made 23 saves, while UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie collected 35 stops in the win.
Only two penalties were called during the game, and neither team went on the power play.

Nationally Speaking

• Wisconsin’s 38 goals are the most in the nation, while UW’s 3.80 goals -per game average ranks fifth nationally. UW also ranks sixth in the nation in scoring margin with a +2.40 mark.

• UW’s scoring defense ranks fifth nationally, as the Badgers’ allow an average of 1.40 goals per game.

• The Badgers’ power-play ranks eighth nationally, as UW has a conversion rate of 21.3

• Wisconsin’s penalty kill has been specatcular, killing 40 of its 43 penalities for a .930 conversion rate, which ranks eighth nationally.

• Karley Sylvester leads the nation in assists with 11, passing Annie Pankowski's 10 last weekend.

• Pankowski’s 1.38 points per game average ranks 25th nationally and is the second best mark among NCAA rookies.

• Karley Sylvester ranks 15th nationally in points per game, averaging 1.62 points per contest. Her 15 total points are tied for third most in the nation.

• Brittany Ammerman and Sarah Nurse are tied for the second in the nation in power-play goals with three.

• Ann-Renee Desbiens ranks 12th in goals-against average with a 1.61 mark, and 17th in save percentage with a .927 clip.

Note of the Week
The Badgers are a perfect 6-0 on the road this year, and have won their past 15 true road games dating back to last season. UW is also unbeaten in its last 18 road games, with its last loss coming last October to Minnesota.

Wellhausen named WCHA Rookie of the Week
For the third time this season, a Wisconsin women’s hockey freshman earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors, as Baylee Wellhausen collected the honor on Tuesday after leading the Badgers to a sweep last weekend.

Wellhausen, a native of Williams Bay, joins fellow freshmen Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark as UW recipients of the award this year.

In Wisconsin’s 2-1 win over Bemidji State on Friday, Wellhausen tallied the game-winning goal midway through the second period. In UW’s 4-3 triumph over BSU on Saturday, Wellhausen recorded an assist to help the Badgers extend their program-best road winning streak to 15 games.

Nurse's Notes
Sophomore Sarah Nurse will blog each week for UWBadgers.com as she will give a behind the scenes look of the Wisconsin women's hockey team. In the latest "Nurse's Notes", Nurse recaps the Badgers weekend in Bemidji, Minnesota.

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