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Badgers finish sweep over Minnesota State with 5-1 win

Dec. 3, 2011

1 Wisconsin 5, Minnesota State 1
All Seasons Arena • Mankato, Minn.
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1st 2nd 3rd Final
 Wisconsin (5-11-0) 1 0 0 1
 Minnesota State (17-1-0) 0 3 2 5
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 Scoring Summary
1st 7:51 MSU Smith (Otto, Barnes)
2nd 00:45 WIS Decker (Bro. Ammerman, Zgraja)
2nd 16:33 WIS Knight (Decker, A. Kelter)
2nd 19:35 WIS Knight (Sylvester)
3rd 4:35 WIS Bro. Ammerman (McKeough, Bri. Ammerman)
3rd 8:49 WIS Bro. Ammerman (Decker, McKeough)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rigsby (17-1-0) 60:00 1 29
MSU Butters (1-4-0) 48:49 5 35
MSU Altmann 11:11 0 4
 Statistical Comparison WIS MSU
 Shots on Goal 40 30
 Power Plays 2-4 0-6
 Penalties-Minutes 6-12 4-8
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Seniors Hilary Knight and Brooke Ammerman both scored two goals as the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team downed Minnesota State, 5-1, Saturday afternoon at the All Seasons Arena.

The Badgers enter the final weekend of the 2011 portion of the season with a 17-1-0 (11-1-0-0 WCHA) record and a hold of the top spot in the WCHA standings. Minnesota State drops to 5-11-0 (1-9-0-0 WCHA) on the season and remains in seventh place in the conference.

 Fast Facts
• Briana Decker extends her point streak to 29 games
Alev Kelter recorded her first point of the season
• Knight's shorthanded goal was the fourth of the season for UW

The story line from the game was a bit different from the night before. Minnesota State jumped out to a one-goal lead in the first period as MSU's Lauren Smith found a way to sneak a puck past UW goaltender Alex Rigsby. Wisconsin fought back against the momentum slowing gaining control toward the end of the first period. However, the score would remain 1-0 after the period drew to a close.

Looking to make a statement quickly, Brianna Decker did just that as she scored 45 seconds into the period to erase the Badgers' deficit. Brooke Ammerman and Katarina Zgraja were credited with assists on the junior's goal.

Knight added two special team goals before closing out the period to give UW the 3-1 lead. At the 16:33 mark the senior forward found the back of the net after being set up by Decker and Alev Kelter.

In the final minute of the period, and on the penalty kill, Karley Sylvester broke up possession at the UW blue line and Knight took control of the loose puck. Skating down on a one-on-one, Knight cut across the front of the net and put the puck top shelf past MSU goalie Danielle Butters. The goal was the Badgers' fourth short hander of the season.

With a 3-1 lead heading into the third period, the Badgers continued to press hard for another goal. At the 4:35 mark, Brooke Ammerman wound up for a slap shot just inside the top of the right circle. The MSU goaltender couldn't get all of the shot and the puck squeezed through five-hole for the Badgers' fourth goal of the game. Brittany Ammerman would receive an assist on her sister's goal along with Stefanie McKeough.

Just over four minutes later on the power play, Brooke Ammerman scored the final tally for Wisconsin. After cycling the puck with McKeough and Decker, Brooke Ammerman came out from behind the net and sniped the puck top shelf off Butters' shoulder for her 16th tally of the season.

Turning away 29 shots, Rigsby recorded her 17th win of the season and helped the Badgers kill more than six penalties in the contest. Butters made 35 saves before being replaced by Alli Altmann, who made four saves in 11 minutes of work.

Wisconsin returns to the ice for a final time in the 2011 portion of the season with a trip to Bemidji State on Dec. 9-10. The games in Bemidji, Minn., will begin at 2 p.m. on both days.

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