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Knight scores twice as Badgers blank Mavericks, 4-0



Dec. 2, 2011

1 Wisconsin 4, Minnesota State 0
All Seasons Arena • Mankato, Minn.
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 Minnesota State (5-10-0) 0 0 0 0
 Wisconsin (16-1-0) 2 2 0 4
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 Scoring Summary
1st 3:56 WIS Decker (Knight, McKeough)
1st 12:19 WIS Knight (Bri. Ammerman, Brickner)
2nd 8:31 WIS Knight (Decker)
2nd 10:15 WIS Bro. Ammerman (Bri. Ammerman, Knight)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
MSU Altmann (4-6-0) 60:00 4 43
WIS Last (16-1-0) 60:00 0 16
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 Shots on Goal 16 47
 Power Plays 0-2 1-5
 Penalties-Minutes 6-12 3-6
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MANKATO, Minn. - Hilary Knight had a hand in all four goals, scoring twice, as the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team shut out Minnesota State, 4-0, on Friday night at the All Seasons Arena.

With the win the Badgers improve to 16-1-0 (10-1-0-0 WCHA) on the season and the Mavericks fall to 5-10-0 (1-8-0-0 WCHA). Wisconsin remains in the top spot in the WCHA standings, one game ahead of rival Minnesota.

 Fast Facts
Alex Rigsby made 16 saves in her fourth shutout of the year
Brianna Decker extended her point streak to 28 games
Brittany Ammerman assisted on two goals

Coming in with a 27-game point streak, it didn't take long for Brianna Decker to extend it to 28 games. Within the opening four minutes of play, the junior assistant captain scored on a deflected shot to put the Badgers on the board. Stefanie McKeough and Knight traded passes on the point and Knight fired a slap shot that Decker tipped past MSU goaltender Alli Altmann.

Later in the first period, Jordan Brickner and Brittany Ammerman made great plays at the Maverick blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Ammerman got the puck to Knight who ripped a shot past Altmann top shelf, from about 15 feet out.

Knight scored her second goal of the game at the 8:31 mark of the second period off a back-door feed from Decker.

Less than two minutes later the Badgers put home their fourth and final goal. Brooke Ammerman scored another back-door goal for the Badgers as she was crashing the play after getting out of the penalty box. Brittany Ammerman made the pass to her big sister, while Knight helped set the play up from the corner boards.

The third period saw a reenergized Maverick squad, but the Badgers weathered the first few minutes and took back control of the game. However, Altmann would deny Wisconsin any more goals, making 15 saves in the period to keep the MSU deficit at four goals.

In the opposite crease, Alex Rigsby played a great game making 16 quality saves, including big saves on a couple MSU breakaways. Rigsby was a major cog in the Badger penalty kill as Wisconsin kept Minnesota State scoreless on their two opportunities.

The Badgers and Mavericks return to the ice tomorrow afternoon as the teams wrap up the weekend series. Game time at the All Seasons Arena is set for 3 p.m.

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