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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* T, 3-3
Nov. 1 at No. 10 North Dakota* W, 3-2
Nov. 13 Minnesota State* W, 8-2
Nov. 14 Minnesota State* W, 8-0
Nov. 21 at St. Cloud State* W, 4-0
Nov. 22 at St. Cloud State* W, 3-0
Nov. 28 at New Hampshire W, 5-0
Nov. 29 at New Hampshire W, 5-0
Dec. 5 North Dakota* W, 2-1 (OT)
Dec. 7 North Dakota* W, 2-0
Jan. 10 at Minnesota* L, 4-1
Jan. 11 at Minnesota* T, 1-1
Jan. 16 Bemidji State* L, 2-1
Jan. 17 Bemidji State* W, 2-1 (OT)
Jan. 24 Clarkson T, 1-1
Jan. 25 Clarkson W, 4-0
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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The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team will travel to Mankato, Minnesota to end its season series with Mavericks of Minnesota State. After winning the home half of the series in decisive fashion, 8-2 and 8-0, the Badgers will take the ice at 7 p.m. on Friday night before concluding the series at 3 p.m. Saturday.

No. 3 Wisconsin (19-4-3) at Minnesota State (2-21-1)
Date Friday, Jan. 30 | 7:07 p.m. (CT)
Saturday, Jan. 31 | 3:07 p.m. (CT)
Location Mankato, Minn.  |  All Seasons Arena
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Key notes to consider
• The Badgers currently sit in second place in the WCHA with 44 points through 20 league contests.

• Wisconsin can clinch home ice in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs this weekend with a sweep of Minnesota State and a Minnesota sweep of Ohio State. 

• With a win against MSU this weekend, the Badgers will earn their 20th win of the season, marking the 14th time in program history the Badgers have won 20 or more games in a season.

• Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Minnesota State 64-2-3, and have not lost to the Mavericks in Mankato.

• Wisconsin has scored 322 goals against MSU for an average of 4.67 goals per contest.

• UW sports the nation’s top penalty kill unit, killing 78 of its 81 of its penalities this season for a conversion rate of .963. The last power-play goal Wisconsin gave up was on Oct. 24 at Bemidji State, and since that game UW has killed its past 40 penalities.

• UW freshman Annie Pankowski was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week after tallying a hat trick against Clarkson on Sunday. It marked her second-career hat trick, with her first coming in a 8-2 win against Minnesota State on Nov. 13.

• Pankowski is tied for second in the nation in scoring among freshman with an average of 1.12 points per game.

Number of the week
Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson won his 350th game on the bench for the Badgers last Sunday, becoming the fourth coach in NCAA women’s hockey history to win 350 games.

Against Minnesota State
• The Badgers and Mavericks will meet for the 70th and 71st times in program history. Wisconsin has only faced UMD more times in program history.

• The Badgers had a 20-game winning streak against the Mavericks until MSU upset UW in a WCHA playoff game last season. Since UW’s loss to MSU, the Badgers have won the past three against the Mavericks.

• Wisconsin is undefeated against Minnesota State in Mankato, sporting a 27-0-2 record against MSU.

• Wisconsin has outscored MSU 322-69 in their previous 69 meetings.

About the Mavericks
• The Mavericks currently reside in last place in the WCHA.

• Minnesota State hosted No. 6/7 Minnesota Duluth last weekend inside All Seasons Arena. The Bulldogs came out with a sweep of the Mavericks after winning by scores of 12-0 and 4-0, respectively.

• Eight different freshman have scored a point so far this season for the Purple and Gold. Elin Johansson scored the Mavericks first goal of the season against UND. Hannah Davidson has recorded six assists and five goals for 11 points. Nicole Schammel leads the team in points (13),  assists (9) and has four goals. Anna Keys has two goals and two assists while Lindsey Coleman, Emma Wittchow, Amanda Conway and Amanda Martin each have totaled at least one assist on the season.

• MSU’s two wins this year came on the road at Lindenwood earlier this month.

• Senior Kathleen Rogan ranks seventh on the all-time scoring list at Minnesota State and is just five points from moving up to fourth place.

• Junior Erin Krichiver ranks second in the NCAA in total saves amassing 667 this season.

Last time out: Wisconsin 4, Clarkson 0:
Wisconsin women’s hockey freshman Annie Pankowski recorded her second career hat trick to lift the No. 4 Badgers past No. 7 Clarkson, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.

The Badgers’ win gave UW head coach Mark Johnson his 350th career victory, making Johnson only the fourth coach in NCAA Division I history to earn 350 triumphs on the bench.

“It’s not about me,” Johnson said. “It’s about the kids in the locker room coming together, developing as teammates and trying to do something as the season progresses. We’re in the business of trying to make sure those kids end up with experiences here, whether it’s in one special year or their four-year body of work. It was a good day.”

Wisconsin (19-4-3) earned its 10th shutout of the season as UW netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped all 24 of Clarkson’s (18-5-3) shots. Desbiens earned her eighth shutout of the season, which is tied for second in the nation.

“It’s just a team effort,” Desbiens said. “I just need to focus on what I can do, and we do a good job by putting pressure on their goaltenders too.”

After the scoreless first, Pankowski lit the lamp twice in the second, marking her first goals since scoring against New Hampshire on Nov. 29. Three minutes into the period, Pankowski buried the puck into the top corner of the net to give UW a 1-0 lead. 10 minutes later, Pankowski benefited from a Brittany Ammerman screen, sending a wrister past CU netminder Shea Tiley to double the Wisconsin advantage.

UW increased its lead to 3-0 early in the third as Karley Sylvester knocked in a Blayre Turnbull shot, marking her second goal of the weekend and the 11th on the year for the Badger senior.

A little over two minutes later, Courtney Burke set up Pankowski with a beautiful centering pass to the slot which Pankowski then lasered a shot into the corner of the net, over the shoulder of Tiley.

It marked Pankowski’s second-career hat trick, as she tallied a hat trick against Minnesota State on Nov. 13, 2014.

“I think our team was rolling on all cylinders, and I was just kind of there to finish them off,” Pankowski said. ”It was nice to see a couple of bounces go our way, to win in regulation by a good margin and to get a shutout.”

The Badgers held the lead in shots throughout, managing to hold the Golden Knights without a shot on goal for the first 13:55 of the game. UW finished the game with a 38-24 edge in the category.

The nation’s leading penalty kill was at it again, shutting down Clarkson’s power play on all four opportunities. Wisconsin has killed its past 40 penalties, a streak that began on Oct. 25, 2014 against Bemidji State.

After scoring only six goals in its past five games after the semester break, the UW offense tallied four goals for the 12th time this season.

“The big thing is to not get frustrated,” Johnson said. “The key is persevering, and eventually the puck is going to go in instead of hitting the post and bouncing out. It was good and I’m happy for the team, because I thought they worked really hard and played hard for sixty minutes today, and they got rewarded for that effort.”

The Cardinal and White resume WCHA action on Friday and Saturday when the Badgers travel to Mankato, Minnesota, to take on Minnesota State. Friday’s contest is set for a 7 p.m. start, while Saturday’s action will begin at 3 p.m.

With only four series left in the WCHA season, Johnson is pleased how the team is looking heading into the playoffs.

“It’s been six good games for us,” Johnson said.  “The pace in all six games was very strong, but now you have eight games left. The big thing is to maintain what you’ve done in the last three weeks and make some improvements in the areas that may need improving to get yourselves ready in the playoffs.”

Fire away
The Badgers have outshot their opponents in all but two games this season.

In their 26 games this season, the Badgers have had 40 or more shots in 16 of the games.

The Badgers rank second nationally in shots per game, averaging 41.54 shots per contest.

The Badgers have featured a balanced scoring attack all season, as UW has no players in the top-10 in shots on goal per game, but four reside in the top-30.

In addition, the Badgers rank third nationally in shots against, holding opponents to an average of 19.92 per contest.

Note of the Week
UW has sported a stellar defense this season, holding opponents to an average of 1.19 goals per contest. UW has held its opponents to one goal or fewer in 17 of its 26 games this season.

Home, sweet home
At LaBahn Arena, the Badgers are tough to beat, as UW is 36-9-2 (.810) at the new barn.

The Badgers have outscored their opponents 135-55 at LaBahn Arena, and have posted 15 shutouts.

At home this season, the Badgers are 8-3-1 and have outscored in opponents 39-13 in home contests.

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