Jan. 16, 2014
• Wisconsin Notes | Bemidji State Notes
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- After splitting last weekend’s series with No. 4 North Dakota in front of two sellout crowds at LaBahn Arena, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team takes to the road this weekend to face WCHA-opponent Bemidji State at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.
The No. 2 Badgers (17-3-2, 13-3-2-1) last skated against the Beavers (9-11-2, 6-9-1) in December, when Wisconsin swept the home series with 7-2 and 5-0 victories. Senior Madison Packer led the way for the Badgers, scoring three goals in in the first contest to record her second career hat trick and the first ever in LaBahn Arena history.
Packer was then one of five different Badgers to score in the series conclusion against BSU, and after tallying two additional assists, brought her weekend point total to six. She was named the WCHA’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Dec. 11 for her performance.
Freshman Ann-Renée Desbiens guarded Wisconsin’s goal during December’s BSU series, making 33 saves on the weekend and recording her second career shutout in UW’s 5-0 win.
The pair of triumphs improved UW’s all-time series record against BSU to 53-4-3.
Desbiens also had a strong showing in the Badgers’ string of contests against No. 4 North Dakota last weekend. UND’s offense pressured Desbiens from the start, outshooting Wisconsin 36-21 in Saturday’s tilt. She stopped 32 of those shots in the 4-1 loss, her first collegiate defeat.
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But the Cardinal and White returned to the ice with a vengeance Sunday as the team scored four goals in the final two frames to overcome conference rival North Dakota 4-1. Desbiens recorded 29 saves in the win, improving her season record to 9-1-0.
Desbiens is one of two Wisconsin netminders to hold a spot in the national rankings, checking in at the fifth slot behind No. 2-ranked senior Alex Rigsby. Rigsby has an 8-2-2 record so far this season, with a .958 save percentage and 1.0260 goals against average. Desbiens’ .952 save percentage is the third best nationally.
On the offensive end, Junior Blayre Turnbull provided a spark for the Badgers in Sunday’s game, scoring both the first and last goals for UW. Turnbull has 20 career goals, 10 of which she has scored this season.
Junior Katy Josephs and freshman Sarah Nurse also lit the lamp for Wisconsin in the series conclusion, bringing their season goal counts to six and seven, respectively.
Bemidji State also split a home series last weekend, falling to WCHA-foe St. Cloud State 3-1 in Friday’s game before rallying in the series conclusion Sunday to defeat the Huskies 3-1. BSU Brittni Mowat recorded 54 total saves in the series and brought her season record to 9-8-2.
The two-game series begins with a 2 p.m. contest Friday before concluding with a 2 p.m. tilt on Saturday.