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Johnson records 300th win as Wisconsin blanks Bemidji State, 2-0

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Wisconsin 6 Wisconsin 2, Bemidji State 0
Sanford Center • Bemidji, Minn. • Attendance: 307

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Bemidji State


1st 2nd 3rd Final
0 1 1 2
 Bemidji State
0 0 0 0
 Scoring Summary
2nd 17:59 WIS Doner (Brickner, Packer)
3rd 19:59 WIS Decker (Burke, Jaminski)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
BSU Havel (4-11-1) 58:41 1 25
BSU EMPTY NET 1:19 1 --
WIS Rigsby (20-9-2) 59:45 3 18
WIS EMPTY NET 0:15 0 --
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 Shots on Goal 27 15
 Power Plays 0-5 0-3
 Penalties-Minutes 3-6 5-10
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Feb. 22, 2013

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- There wasn't a more fitting way for women's hockey head coach Mark Johnson to celebrate the anniversary of the 'Miracle on Ice'. On the day, 33 years after beating the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, coach Johnson earned his 300th career victory as a head coach as the Badgers downed Bemidji State, 2-0, at the Sanford Center on Friday night.

 Fast Facts
• Rigsby recorded her 22nd career shutout; sixth most in NCAA history
• Bemidji State blocked a total of 39 shots
• Decker extends current point streak to six games

While Bemidji State (6-23-2) sits at the bottom of the WCHA standings with a conference record of 5-21-1-0, the Beavers put up a hard-fought battle, just less than a week after taking No. 1 Minnesota into its first overtime game of the season, Feb. 16.

Wisconsin (20-9-2, 16-9-2-2 WCHA) used a goal from Molly Doner in the second period and an empty netter by Brianna Decker to edge Bemidji State. Junior netminder Alex Rigsby made 15 saves in the contest to earn her sixth shutout of the season, tied for second most in the nation.

A huge part of the Bemidji States success on Feb. 16 against Minnesota, was in its ability to block shots. The Beavers blocked a total of 41 shots against the Gophers, and their strategy proved to be the same against the Badgers.

The Beavers started the game blocking 18 shots in the first period alone, before totaling 35 blocked shots by the end of the second period. It created troubles for the Wisconsin offense as the Badgers were only able to get 19 shots on net in the first 40 minutes of play. However, the Badgers got their best shot on net toward the end of the second period.

Madison Packer started the play with a pass to Jordan Brickner in the offensive zone and cycled the zone with the puck eventually curling behind the BSU goal. Brickner saw Molly Doner sitting in front of Bemidji State's goaltender Jessica Havel unopposed and made the pass to the freshman forward. Doner made it count, back-handing the puck in past Havel for her first collegiate goal. The goal would also prove to be the game-winner.

After only facing seven shots in the first two periods, with three of the seven shots coming off a BSU power play, Rigsby turned away eight shots in the third period as Bemidji State ramped up the offensive pressure.

BSU opted for an empty net in hopes of tying the game with an extra attacker. However, Brianna Decker found the empty net with 0.1 seconds remaining in the contest to record her 26th goal of the season, sealing the Badger victory.

Wisconsin returns to the ice tomorrow for a 4 p.m. game against Bemidji State. With one game left to play in the regular season, the Badgers remain in third place in the WCHA standings, but still have a chance to finish in second.

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