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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* 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Bemidji St* 4 p.m.
Oct. 31 at North Dakota* 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 at 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
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After suffering its first setbacks of the 2014-15 season, the Badgers hit the road for northern Minnesota to take on Bemidji State in a WCHA series. Faceoff at the Sanford Center is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

 No. 2 Wisconsin (6-2-0) at  Bemidji State (4-2-0)
Date Friday, October 24 | 7:07 p.m. (CT)
Sunday, October 25 | 4:07 p.m. (CT)
Location Bemidji, Minnesota  |  Sanford Center
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Key notes to consider
• Wisconsin leads the series against Bemidji State 55-4-3, and has claimed the last six meetings. Last season, the Badgers outscored Bemidji State 20-3.

• The Badgers hvae won their last nine meetings with the Beavers in Bemidji, and have only lost in Bemidji once in program history.

• The Badgers rank third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 4.00 goals per game.

• UW also ranks third in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 0.67 goals per contest.

• One of the most impressive aspects about the Badgers this year has been their penalty kill, as UW is a perfect 28-28 on the penalty kill this year. In addition, Wisconsin has scored two short-handed goals.

• Brittany Ammerman is tied for the nation’s lead in power-play goals with three. Ammerman has a team-leading five goals this year amd nine points.

• Annie Pankowski leads the nation in assists with 10, and her 1.25 assists per game average is tied for the nation’s best mark.

• Karley Sylvester currently leads the nation in points with 13, and her 1.62 points per game average is the seventh-best nationally.

• Ann-Renee Desbiens enters the weekend with a 4-2-0 record this season, and a .938 save percentage. Desbiens has a career record of 15-3-0, with her three losses coming at the hands of ranked opponents.

Number of the week
The Badgers are a perfect 4-0 on the road this year, and have won their past 13 true road games dating back to last season. UW is also unbeaten in its last 16 road games, with its last loss coming last October to Minnesota.

Against Bemidji State
• The Badgers lead the all-time series with Bemidji State 55-4-3, including 24-1-2 when playing on the road against the Beavers.

• In its 62 previous meetings with Bemidji State, Wisconsin has held the Beavers to just 1.17 goals per game

• The Badgers have outscored the Beavers 275-73 in the previous 15 seasons.

• Wisconsin is 14-1-1 in its last 16 games against Bemidji, including sweeping the season series last year.

About Bemidji State
• The Beavers have received scoring from 17 different skaters this season. Leading the way is Megan Lushanko with five points (2g, 3a), while Stephanie Anderson, Kaitlyn Tougas and Ivana Bilic each have four points.

• Bemidji State has split its goaltending duties between Brittni Mowat and Erin Deters this season.

• Mowat, an All-WCHA Rookie Team honoree last season, is 2-1-0 with a 2.33 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

• Deters also has 2-1-0 record and ranks second nationally with a 0.67 goals against average and .971 save percentage.

• Due to the play of these two netminders and the rest of its defensive corps, BSU currently ranks eighth in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 1.50 goals per game.

• Bemidji State dropped both of its games against Ohio State last weekend by scores of 5-1 and 1-0.

• The losses stopped a four-game winning streak for the Beavers, which tied a program record. The 1-0 loss was the first time Bemidji State has been shutout since February 7, 2014 at Minnesota (10-0).BSU drops to 20-33-11 all-time against the Buckeyes.

Last time against Bemidji State:
Wisconsin 3, Bemidji State 1 (Jan. 17, 2014)
Senior Alex Rigsby earned her 92nd career win to pass Jessie Vetter for the most in Wisconsin women’s hockey history as the No. 2 Badgers defeated Bemidji State, 3-1, Jan. 17, 2014 at the Sanford Center.

Returning from a seven-game absence due to an injury, Rigsby made 19 saves to improve to 9-2-2 on the season and 92-18-8 in her career as a Badger.

Two of Wisconsin’s three goals were scored during uneven play, with junior Katy Josephs scoring during a Badger power play and redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman tallying a short-handed goal. Junior Karley Sylvester scored the third late in the game on an empty BSU net to solidify the win.

Wisconsin earned six total points on the weekend after shutting out BSU 6-0 in the first game of the series Friday.

The Badgers (19-3-2, 15-3-2) outshot the Beavers (9-13-2, 6-11-1) 11-6 in a scoreless first period.

Josephs was first to put the Badgers on the board, sending a wrister past BSU goaltender Brittni Mowat early in the second period during a UW power play. It was her ninth goal of the season and third point of the weekend after assisting on two goals in Friday’s contest.

Ammerman followed suit just one minute later, firing the puck into the upper shelf during a Beaver power play to tally the second short-handed goal of her career. The effort resulted in Ammerman’s fourth point of the series after she scored two goals and recorded an assist in Friday’s victory.

Bemidji State retaliated in the third, as BSU’s Alex Citrowske snuck the puck past Rigsby 3:49 into the period to narrow the score to 2-1. But the Badger defense held off the Beavers’ final push, and Sylvester finished the job by sliding the puck into BSU’s empty net with 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Wisconsin took 31 total shots during the contest while BSU recorded 20.

Nationally Speaking

• Wisconsin’s 32 goals are the most in the nation, while UW’s 4.00 goals -per game average ranks third nationally. UW also ranks third in the nation in scoring margin with a +2.75 mark.

• UW’s scoring defense ranks fifth nationally, as the Badgers’ allow an average of 1.25 goals per game.

• The Badgers’ power-play ranks fourth nationally, as UW has a conversion rate of 22.5

• Wisconsin’s penalty kill has been specatcular, killing 35 of its 37 penalities for a 94.6 conversion rate, which ranks seventh nationally.

• Annie Pankowski leads the nation in assists with 10, and her assist per game average of 1.25 is tied for the nation’s best.

• Pankowski’s 1.38 points per game average ranks 10th nationally and is the best mark among NCAA rookies.

• Karley Sylvester ranks seventh nationally in points per game, averaging 1.62 points per contest. Her 13 total points are the most in the nation.

• Brittany Ammerman is tied for the nation’s lead in power-play goals with three.

• Ann-Renee Desbiens ranks ninth in goals-against average with a 1.48 mark, and 11th in save percentage with a .938 clip.

Note of the Week
The Badgers have not lost in Bemidji since Oct. 10, 2009; that was also the last time they were shut out by the Beavers, 1-0.

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 looks ahead to the Badgers' matchup with the Beavers

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