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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* 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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The No. 3 Wisconsin women’s hockey team take its 10-game unbeaten streak back to LaBahn Arena to face North Dakota in its final series of the 2014 calendar season. UW and UND meet on Friday in a 3 p.m. contest before wrapping the series up on Sunday at 2 p.m.

No. 3 Wisconsin (15-2-1) vs. North Dakota (7-7-2)
Date Friday, Dec. 5 | 3:07 p.m. (CT)
Sunday, Dec. 7 | 2:07 p.m. (CT)
Location Madison, Wisconsin  |  LaBahn Arena
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Key notes to consider
• The Badgers enter the weekend on a 10-game unbeaten streak, their longest of the season.

• During UW’s unbeaten streak, Brittany Ammerman has 14 points off five goals and nine assists, while Annie Pankowski has 12 points on eight goals and four assists.

• UW has shutout its opponents in its past five contests. It ties the program record of five straight shut outs, which UW set back during the 2006-07 season.

• Ann-Renee Desbiens, this week’s WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, pitched back-to-back shutouts against New Hampshire, stopping all 32 shots she faced from the Wildcats. Desbiens now has six shutouts on the season.

• Wisconsin enters the weekend with the nation’s second-best offense, averaging 4.28 goals per game, while UW’s scoring defense ranks fourth, holding opponents to an average of 1.17 per game.

• The Badgers’ penalty kill is not only the best in the WCHA, but is the third-best in the nation, killing 52 of its 55 penalties this year for a .945 conversion rate.

• UND is coming off of a sweep of St. Cloud State last weekend in Grand Forks, defeating the Huskies 6-1 on Saturday before earning a 3-1 triumph on Sunday.

• Annie Pankowski leads all NCAA rookies in points per game, averaging 1.35 points per game, while Emily Clark is third, averaging 1.00 points per contest.

Number of the week
Heading into their weekend series against UND, the Badgers have not allowed a goal in their past 330 minutes, 56 seconds of game action.

Against North Dakota
• Wisconsin leads the all-time series with North Dakota, 40-6-3, but the series has been closer as of late, as UW has a 6-4-2 advantage in the last 12 meetings between the two squads.

• The Badgers are 22-2-0 against UND in Madison, but split the series in Madison a year ago. North Dakota won the first game, 4-1, before UW countered with a 4-1 triumph in the series finale.

• Wisconsin and UND tied, 3-3, in the first game of their series in Grand Forks this year before earning a 3-2 triumph in the series finale.

• UW has outscored UND 201-66 in their previous 49 contests.

About North Dakota
• UND enters the weekend with a 8-7-2 record and a 6-6-2-1 record in league contests.

• North Dakota currently sits in third-place in the WCHA standings with 21 points, 13 behind Wisconsin, which sits in first-place.

• Wisconsin took four of six points against UND earlier this year despite being without captain Blayre Turnbull and freshman sensation Emily Clark for the series. In addition, UW missed Annie Pankowski and Karley Sylvester in the series finale.

• UND is coming off of a sweep of St. Cloud State at home, defeating the Huskies 6-1 and 3-1. It marked UND’s first sweep since Oct. 10-11.

• Despite sitting in third-place in the league standings, UND is 2-6-2 against the other top-five teams in the WCHA.

• Becca Kohler and Meghan Dufault pace the UND offense, as Kohler leads the team averaging 1.19 points per game, while Dufault averages 1.00 points per game

• Shelby Amsley-Benzie ranks 10th nationally in goals-against average with a 1.78 clip.

• The UND offense ranks 17th nationally, scoring an average of 2.56 goals per game, while its defense ranks 12th, holding opponents to an average of 2.25 goals per game.

Last time against North Dakota:

The No. 2/3 Wisconsin women’s hockey team, without four of its top forwards, rallied from a one-goal deficit to beat No. 10 North Dakota, 3-2, on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The win marked Wisconsin’s third triumph of the season against a ranked opponent, as the Badgers fought their way to a win. UW was without forwards Blayre Turnbull, Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski, as the trio was in Kamloops, British Columbia, preparing for the Four Nations Cup. In addition, assistant captain Karley Sylvester missed the contest due to an injury.
Courtney Burke, Brittany Ammerman, and Sarah Nurse all lit the lamp for the Badgers to help UW take four of six points against North Dakota.

After North Dakota’s Leah Jansen scored early in the second period, the Badgers tied the game at one apiece, converting on their first power play of the weekend. Burke fired a rocket from the slot past UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie to tie the game at one with less than seven minutes remaining in the period. It marked Burke’s 10th career goal and her second of the season.

Minutes later, Ammerman tallied her second goal of the weekend and her team-leading eighth of the year, as Jenny Ryan set Ammerman up on a one-timer to give the Badgers the one-goal lead.
Nurse doubled the UW lead in the third period, as she stole the puck and fired a rocket from the top of the left circle into the top-right corner of the net. It marked Nurse’s second goal of the weekend and her sixth of the 2014-15 season.

With its goaltender pulled, UND got one back with 38 seconds remaining as Meghan Dufault scored to cut the Badgers’ lead to 3-2.

The Badgers outshot North Dakota 31-17, and had a 10-4 advantage in the final frame.

Wisconsin finished the game going 1-for-4 (.250) on its power-play, while killing all three of UND’s power-play chances. The Badger penalty kill is now 45-48 on the year, good for a .938 conversion percentage.

Ann-Renee Desbiens made 15 saves to improve to 7-2-1 on the season.

Nationally Speaking
• The Badgers rank second in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 4.28 goals per game. UW also is fourth in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 1.17 goals per contest.

• UW is 59-62 on the penalty kill, good for a .952 percentage.

• Brittany Ammerman,Sarah Nurse and Sydney McKibbon are tied for eleventh in the country in power-play goals with three.

• Four Badgers rank in the top-16 in points per game, as Karley Sylvester and Annie Pankowski are averaging 1.35 points per contest, which ranks 12th nationally. Blayre Turnbull is averaging 1.29 points per game, tied for 14th in the country, while Brittany Ammerman has a 1.28 points per game average, good for 16th nationally.  

• In addition, Sydney McKibbon and Emily Clark are each averaging 1.00 points per contest.

• Ann-Renee Desbiens enters the weekend with an 12-2-1 record this season, and a .833 winning percentage. Desbiens has a career record of 23-3-1, with her three losses coming at the hands of ranked opponents.

• Desbiens’ nine career shutouts rank sixth on the Badgers’ all-time list.

• The Badgers hold a 24 game road unbeaten streak, which is now the longest such streak in program history.

• Wisconsin’s freshman class of Pankowski, Clark, Baylee Wellhausen, Lauren Williams and Maddie Rolfes is second in the NCAA in freshmen scoring, as the quintet has put up 18 goals, 31 assists, and 49 points so far this season for an average of 2.72 points per game.

• UW’s sophomore class of Sarah Nurse, Mellissa Channell, Sydney McKibbon, Jenny Ryan and Mikayla Johnson leads the NCAA in sophomore scoring, averaging 3.22 points per game.

• The Badgers’ senior class of Ammerman, Sylvester, Blayre Turnbull, Katy Josephs and Katarina Zgraja also leads the NCAA in senior scoring, averaging 4.50 points per contest.

• The Badgers also are second the nation in home attendance, bringing in an average of 1,949 fans to LaBahn Arena this season.

In the News
USCHO.com - Soccer league in Kenya takes off thanks to Ammerman

Wisconsin State Journal - No. 3 UW extends unbeaten streak to 9

Buckys5thQuarter - Desbiens Named WCHA Defensive POW, joins Nurse in Canadian Development Pool

Wisconsin State Journal - Annie Pankowski, Sydney McKibbon score twice apiece as UW blanks New Hampshire again

Note of the Week

UW now has shutout its opponent in its past five contests, which tied the program record for consecutive shutouts.

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