No. 2 Badgers herd Mavericks, 5-1


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Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 5, Minnesota State 1
All Seasons Arena • Mankato, Minn.

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1st 2nd 3rd Final
 Wisconsin
2 0 3 5
 Minnesota State 0 1 0 1
 Scoring Summary
1st 5:44 WIS Jones (McKibbon, Ryan)
1st 14:02 WIS Ammerman (Josephs)
2nd 7:24 MSU Scott
3rd 11:11 WIS Packer (Sylvester)
3rd 12:34 WIS Turnbull
3rd 15:37 WIS Turnbull
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rigsby (14-4-2) 59:54 1 20
WIS Empty Net 00:08 - -
MSU Butters (8-18-0) 60:00 5 45
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WIS MSU
 Shots on Goal 50 21
 Power Plays 0-4 0-4
 Penalties-Minutes 4-8 4-8
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Feb. 21, 2014

MANKATO, Minn. -- Junior Blayre Turnbull scored two short-handed goals in the third period to help the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team secure a 5-1 win over Minnesota State, Friday, at All Seasons Arena.

With her two short-handed goals, Turnbull set the school record for the most short-handed goals in a season with five. Her seven career short-handed goals are tied for third on the school’s all-time list with Sara Bauer.

“It comes down to the three other girls I’m on the penalty kill with,” Turnbull said. “They are doing their job, and I’ve been lucky to get to pucks when they bounce out of our defensive end. Our penalty kill has been good and consistent and we know what to do and when to pressure.”

 Fast Facts
Blayre Turnbull scores two short-handed goals in victory
• Eight different players record points for UW
• Badgers outshoot the Mavericks, 50-21

Turnbull was also the second player in school history to record multiple short-handed goals in a game, and the first player to tally two short-handed efforts in the same period. Michelle Sikich also scored two short-handed goals in a 5-2 win over Minnesota State on Dec. 4, 1999.

Rachel Jones opened up the scoring for Wisconsin (24-5-2, 20-5-2-1 WCHA), recording her third goal of the season, slapping in her own rebound past MSU goaltender and reigning WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Danielle Butters to give UW a 1-0 lead. 

Brittany Ammerman tallied her 22nd goal of the year off a feed by Turnbull to give the Badgers a 2-0 advantage with just under six minutes left in the first.

The Mavericks (12-20-1, 7-19-1 WCHA) cut the Wisconsin lead in half midway through the second, as Kelsie Scott capitalized on a UW miscue to make it a 2-1 game.

The Badgers would answer, scoring three goals in the final frame. Madison Packer went top shelf on Butters to propel UW to a 3-1 advantage at the 11:11 mark. The goal marked Packer’s 100th career point as the senior became the 18th player in school history to reach the century mark.

Turnbull finished off the scoring for Wisconsin, lighting the lamp twice in the final eight minutes. After stealing the puck from MSU, Turnbull went five-hole on Butters to give UW a 4-1 lead. Minutes later, Turnbull again forced a Maverick miscue and beat Butters to propel Wisconsin to a 5-1 advantage.

“Well obviously you get a couple short-handed goals, certainly Madison Packer’s goal to make it 3-1 was a big goal for us,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “We probably should’ve come out of the second period up maybe two, three, four goals. We had some good opportunities especially on our power play but they capitalized on a mistake and instead of it being three or four to nothing, it’s two to one. And again Madison makes a nice play and a nice goal and then Blayre scores a couple of quick short-handed goals to give you the cushion you need to finish it off.”

“Coming off last weekend, and having them sweep North Dakota, we knew we had to start fast,” Turnbull said. “I think we tried to put a lot of pressure on them offensively and play well defensively. We were lucky to score a couple of goals in the first and have the momentum with us. It was a good start and a good win overall.”

Senior Alex Rigsby picked up her 97th career win, stopping 20 shots. Butters collected 45 saves in the loss for the Mavericks. Wisconsin outshot MSU 50-21.

“On a small rink there’s not a lot of space or time out there,” Johnson said. “Coming off our games last week we thought we were going to play at a high pace and just needed to maintain that and try to create some opportunities and we did a good job of that. In the first half of the game we probably should’ve had three or four goals but their goaltender played well and we capitalized in the third period when we needed to.

“All around it was a good effort and now we just have to get ready for tomorrow night.”

The two teams wrap up their series on Saturday with a 3 p.m. contest. The two teams will also face off next weekend in the first round of the WCHA playoffs at LaBahn Arena

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