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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* 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 No. 2 Minnesota* 3 p.m.
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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Off to its best start since the 2010-11 season, the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team faces its biggest test of the season this weekend in No. 2 Minnesota. The Badgers and Golden Gophers meet on Friday in a 7 p.m. tilt at LaBahn Arena before wrapping up the Border Battle series on Saturday at 3 p.m

 No. 1 Wisconsin (6-0-0) vs.  No. 2 Minnesota (3-0-1)
Date Friday, October 17 | 7:07 p.m. (CT)
Sunday, October 18 | 3:07 p.m. (CT)
Location Madison, Wisconsin  |  LaBahn Arena
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Key notes to consider
• The Badgers are coming off of a sweep of Ohio State, defeating the Buckeyes, 6-0, last Friday before besting OSU, 3-0, on Sunday.

• Wisconsin leads the nation in scoring offense, averaging 5.00 goals per game. Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 30-4 during its six games this season.

• 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 had four goals on the weekend, as she now leads Wisconsin with five goals on the season. Ammerman has an eight-game point streak dating back to UW’s 2-1 win over Harvard in the NCAA quarterfinals last year.

• Annie Pankowski leads the nation in assists with 10, and her 1.75 assists per game average is tied for the nation’s best mark.

• Karley Sylvester currently leads the nation in points with 12, and is riding a seven-game point streak dating back to last year’s Frozen Four game.

• Ann-Renee Desbiens posted two shutouts against Ohio State and now has a .965 save percentage and a goals-against average of 0.75 in the four games she’s played this year. She was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against the Buckeyes last weekend.

Last time out: Wisconsin 3, Ohio State 0 (Oct. 12, 2014)

The No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team peppered Ohio State with 47 shots and converted two power play goals to complete a series sweep of the Buckeyes with a 3-0 victory Sunday at LaBahn Arena.

Senior Brittany Ammerman tallied two goals in the game, bumping her season total to five scores, as the River Vale, New Jersey, native, paced the Badgers (6-0-0, 4-0-0 WCHA)

The senior forward cushioned a 1-0 UW lead halfway through the second period with a top-shelf goal. Skating below the goal line, line mate Blayre Turnbull fed the puck out front toward a crowd of players.

Ammerman escaped the Ohio State defenseman marking her and buried a shot just under the crossbar to put UW up 2-0.

It was clear Ammerman was hungry for another tally late in the game on the power play, as she dove, sending the puck over the goal line with just under a second remaining in the contest. During the play, she rammed her body into the post and was pancaked by numerous Buckeyes (2-2-0, 0-2-0-0 WCHA)

Sophomore Ann-Renee Desbiens recorded her second-straight shutout, stopping all 18 shots she faced to move to 4-0-0 on the season.

The Badgers got on the board with just over five minutes remaining in the first frame, as Sydney McKibbon scored on a UW power play.

Wisconsin finished 4-for-11 on the man advantage in two games this weekend, putting the team at 8-for-29 this season—nearly a 30 percent success rate.

The Badgers killed five penalties in the game to remain a perfect 28-for-28 on the season.

Number of the week
The Badgers have outscored their opponents 30-4 in their six games this year, which is a +26 scoring margin.

Against Minnesota
• The Badgers trail the all-time series against the Golden Gophers 26-40-8.

• In Madison, UW trails 9-16-4 and are 0-3-0 against the Gophers at LaBahn Arena.

• UW has dropped the past 11 against UM, and look for its first win against Minnesota since  the 2011-12 season. Wisconsin defeated Minnesota, 3-2, on Oct. 11, 2011 before dropping a 3-2 contest on Oct. 12, 2011.

• Last year, Minnesota won all five meetings between the two teams, including a matchup in the NCAA Frozen Four, as Minnesota rallied to defeat Wisconsin, 5-3.

About Minnesota
• The Golden Gophers, ranked No. 2 in the latest USCHO.com Poll, rank second in the nation in scoring offense behind UW, averaging 4.75 goals per game.

• Through four games, Brandt (6g-2a) leads the Gophers and is tied for third in the nation with eight points; her six goals lead the NCAA as well. Cameranesi (3g-3a), Rachael Bona (5a), Lorence (4g-1a), Milica McMillen (3g-2a) and Lee Stecklein (5a) make up Minnesota’s top scorers.

•  McMillen is tied for the national lead with three power-play goals, averaging 0.75 power play goals per game. The Gophers also have the top power play unit in the NCAA, converting on eight of 15 opportunities for a .533 percentage.

• The Gophers’ defensemen lead the nation’s blue-liners in scoring, averaging 5.25 points per game. Minnesota is led by McMillen (3g-2a), Stecklein (5a) and Rachel Ramsey (4a), and all three rank among the NCAA’s top five defensive scorers.

• With 19 goals in four games, the Gophers’ offense ranks second in the nation, averaging 4.75 goals per game. Minnesota’s 1.25 goals against average is tied for sixth in the NCAA.

Last time against Minnesota: Minnesota 5, Wisconsin 3 (March 21, 2014)
To call the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four semifinal between No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 1 Minnesota a roller coaster would be an understatement.

After holding leads heading into the first and second intermissions, the Badgers could not overcome a three-goal third period by the Golden Gophers as Wisconsin fell 5-3.

Juniors Brittany Ammerman, Katy Josephs and Karley Sylvester all scored for the Cardinal and White, who appeared in its seventh NCAA Frozen Four.

The Badgers jumped on the board early, as Ammerman scored her 23rd goal of the year on a 4-on-4 play to give UW a 1-0 lead with less than three minutes left in the first. The Badgers outshot the Gophers 17-7 in the first.

Minnesota scored twice in a 1:41 span early in the second period to give the Gophers a 2-1 lead as Kelly Terry and Maryann Menefee scored for the Gophers.

The Badgers countered with a pair of their own goals to close out the period with a 3-2 lead. Josephs tallied her 12th of the year, while Sylvester earned her ninth goal of the season to give Wisconsin a 3-2 advantage heading into the second intermission.

In the third period after a Rachel Jones penalty, Minnesota evened the game at 3-3 with just six seconds remaining in its power play to tie it up with less than 15 minutes remaining.

Minnesota's Rachel Bona beat senior netminder Alex Rigsby on a breakaway to give Minnesota a 4-3 advantage with 11:54 left in the contest. A goal by Balyee Gillanders at the 17:32 mark put the game out of reach for the Badgers.

Rigsby ended her final game with 23 saves, and left Wisconsin as the school leader in wins (100) and saves (3,103).

Nationally Speaking

• Wisconsin’s 30 goals are the most in the nation, while UW’s 5.00 goals per game average leads the NCAA. UW’s scoring margin average of 4.33 also leads the country.

• UW’s scoring defense ranks third nationally, as the Badgers allow an average of 0.67 goals per game.

• The Badgers’ power-play ranks fourth nationally, as UW has a conversion rate of 27.6.

• Wisconsin’s penalty kill has been specatcular, killing all 28 of its opportunities this year to tie for the nation’s lead.

• Annie Pankowski leads the nation in assists with 10, and her assist per game average of 1.67 is tied for the nation’s best. Linemate Karley Sylvester ranks second in total assists with nine, and her 1.50 assist per game average is tied for third.

• Brittany Ammerman’s five goals are the second-most in the nation, behind only Minnesota’s Hannah Brandt.
Ammerman’s three power-play goals are tied for the most in the nation.

Note of the Week
The Badgers checked in at No. 1 in the USCHO.Com Poll for the first time since March 5, 2012.

Desbiens earns WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
After posting two shutouts in No. 1 Wisconsin's sweep of Ohio State, sophomore goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Defensive Player of the Week, the organization announced Tuesday.

It marks the first defensive player of the week accolade for Desbiens, who was named the league's newcomer of the week twice last season.

A native of La Malbaie, Quebec, Desbiens stopped all 46 shots she faced in UW's sweep of OSU, including a career-high 28 in Friday's 6-0 triumph. She also stopped all 18 shots in Sunday's 3-0 win to earn her fifth-career shutout.

On the season, Desbiens has a goals-against average of 0.75, and a save percentage of .965 to go along with a 4-0-0 record. In her 16 career games at Wisconsin, she holds a .959 save percentage, a goals-against average of 0.98 and is 15-1-0.

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 recaps Wisconsin's home sweep of Ohio State.

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