Jan. 23, 2014
• Wisconsin Notes | Minnesota Duluth Notes
MADISON, Wis. -- Following a dominating series sweep of Bemidji State on the road last weekend, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team looks to continue its success this weekend with a pair of home contests against conference-opponent Minnesota Duluth at LaBahn Arena. The teams will faceoff at 2 p.m. Saturday before concluding the series Sunday at 3 p.m.
Wisconsin (19-3-2, 15-3-2-1) and UMD (11-8-5, 9-6-5-3) last met in late November at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., in what turned out to be two evenly-matched and intense tilts. The teams battled to a 2-2 tie in the first game before the Badgers were able to overcome the Bulldogs 1-0 in the series conclusion.
Senior Madison Packer tallied two points in the tie, assisting on UW’s first goal by sophomore Courtney Burke before knotting the score at 2-2 in the third period with a goal of her own. Wisconsin outshot UMD 37-24 in regulation time, but fell to Duluth 1-0 in the three-round shootout that ensued.
But the Badgers returned to the ice determined, topping the Bulldogs 1-0 the following day after junior Karley Sylvester notched the game’s only goal with just under 18 minutes remaining in the game.
The victory brought Wisconsin’s all-time series record against the league-rival to 29-29-11.
| The Badgers host league-rival Minnesota Duluth this weekend at LaBahn Arena.
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Although the most recent series against UMD resulted in two nail-biters, the Badgers showed overwhelming strength on both the offensive and defensive ends in two convincing wins against Bemidji State last weekend. Wisconsin first shutout BSU 6-0 Friday before claiming the series with a 3-1 win Saturday.
“Certainly our Friday game up in Bemidji was a build off of what we did Sunday against North Dakota,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “Hopefully they keep that in the back of their heads as they prepare for the next game, to make sure they do the little things and the things necessary to win hockey games, and do them for 60 minutes because of the game we ended up losing against North Dakota.”
Redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman and sophomore Kaitlyn Harding each tallied two goals and an assist for the Cardinal and White in Friday’s contest, marking her 16th goal of the season for Ammerman and the fourth for Harding. Junior Blayre Turnbull also marked three points in the win with two assists and a goal.
Ammerman continued her offensive push Saturday, recording her fourth point of the series with a short-handed, game-winning goal in the second period of the 3-1 victory. Ammerman was awarded WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors by the league Wednesday for her performance.
After taking the prior seven games off to rest an injury, senior Alex Rigsby stopped 19 shots in Saturday’s game to claim her 92nd career win, passing former Badger Jessie Vetter for the most wins in program history. The victory improved Rigsby’s season record to 9-2-2.
“I was happy for Alex, and her family was up there and watched the victory,” Johnson said. “So it was a big moment for her. She’s done it a long time. She’s been consistent. I didn’t think anybody was going to touch Jessie just because of the record that she had and the way she performed over a long period of time, but hats off to Alex for getting an opportunity, preparing herself, and making the most of it.”