Feb. 6, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 9 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (16-10-3, 13-9-1 WCHA) defeated the Bemidji State Beavers (8-14-7, 7-9-7 WCHA), 6-1, in the first ever Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.
The Badgers played in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 8,263 fans in the second-ever women’s hockey outdoor showdown.
Sophomore Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ontario) scored the first goal in Camp Randall history at the 16:53 mark when she broke away from the Bemidji State defense and backhanded it in to put the Badgers up 1-0.
Freshman Saige Pacholok (Edmonton, Alberta) and junior Kelly Nash (Bonita, Calif.) recorded the first and secondary assists. The goal marked Prevost’s ninth goal of the season and extended her point streak to 11 games.
Wisconsin increased the deficit with 12:54 left in the first period when Nash passed the puck to freshman Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.). From inside the right face-off circle, Decker sent a smooth wrist shot past Bemidji State’s Alana McElhinney.
The Badgers kept up the pressure on the Beavers, outshooting Bemidji 13-2 in the first 20 minutes of play.
Once again, Wisconsin proved its defensive power, as the Badgers continued to control possession offensively by keeping the puck out of their defensive zone for the majority of the second period.
Badgers senior captain Jasmine Giles (Ottawa, Ontario) capitalized on a power play when she sent a left-handed wrist shot from the left face-off circle into the goal at the 10:01 mark. Pacholok was credited with her second assist of the afternoon, and Brittany Haverstock (Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia) added the secondary assist.
From the blue line, Decker centered the puck to Nash who passed the puck to Prevost on the left side of the goal. Prevost dished it back to Decker and from the crease, Decker tallied her second goal to give the Badgers the 4-0 lead with 4:04 left in the second period.
At the close of the second frame, Wisconsin dominated the shot chart, leading the Beavers 29-6.
With just 5:58 left in the contest, from the right face-off circle, Decker passed the puck to Prevost. From behind the red line Prevost centered the puck to Nash who one-timed it in for her fifth goal of the season.
Bemidji State’s Jamie Hatheway scored BSU’s loan goal at the 15:56 mark.
Senior Kyla Sanders (Fort Myers, Fla.) solidified the 6-1 victory with 1:14 left in the contest. From the slot, sophomore Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) passed the puck to Sanders who pushed the puck past McElhinney from the left side of the crease.
Nash finished Saturday's contest with a career-high four points, scoring a goal and tallying three assists.
The last time Nash had a 3-point game was in Wisconsin’s 8-0 shutout over Syracuse on Oct. 4, 2008, her previous career-best.
The Badgers dominated offensively, outshooting the Beavers 42-13. Freshman Becca Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) finished with 13 saves in net for Wisconsin, and McElhinney recorded 36 for BSU.
Wisconsin finished 1-for-3 with the man-advantage and the Beavers were 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Badgers’ record-setting crowd surpassed the 6,889 fans that attended the Sun Life Frozen Fenway doubleheader on Jan. 8, 2010. In that game, the first outdoor game in women’s college hockey history, New Hampshire defeated Northeastern, 5-3.
Wisconsin looks to sweep the series against Bemidji State on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Kohl Center.
UW Athletic Communications