Mark Johnson had a pretty simple message for his University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team on Sunday.
Coming off a blowout victory over Ohio State on Saturday, expect a better effort from the Buckeyes.
“When the puck dropped, we needed to be ready those first three or four or five shifts and I thought we were,” the coach said after the top-ranked Badgers downed No. 4 Ohio State 3-1 to complete a Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep at LaBahn Arena.
Senior Claudia Kepler, junior Mikaela Gardner and sophomore Alexis Mauermann each scored to provide sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell (21 saves) with more than enough support.
The victory extended UW’s unbeaten streak at home to 20 games.
Mauermann, a Janesville native, assisted along with senior Baylee Wellhausen on Gardner’s goal midway through the second period, then made it 2-0 about five minutes later off passes from junior Sam Cogan and freshman Grace Bowlby.
Kepler’s goal midway through the third period put UW (14-0-0 overall, 8-0-0-0 WCHA) ahead 3-0. The Verona native leads the Badgers with nine goals this season.
Mauermann’s goal was her third of the weekend after scoring twice in Saturday’s 7-0 win.
In 14 games, Mauermann has already matched her season point total (12) from her freshman campaign (38 games).
The Badgers held a 92-36 advantage in shots over the Buckeyes (7-2-1, 5-2-1-1) in the series.
“It’s huge getting the wins against the ranked teams. Obviously it’s going to be a battle going in there and it’s going to go to the final buzzer like the OT game at Minnesota,” said Campbell, who improved to 14-0-0. “I’m just proud of the team and how we really came out strong in the last four games. I think that’s huge moving forward.”
Ohio State 0 0 1 — 1
Wisconsin 0 2 1 — 3
Second period: W — Gardner 4 (Wellhausen, Mauermann), 9:29; Mauermann 6 (Cogan, Bowlby), 14:06.
Third period: W — Kepler 9, 9:35; OS — Skaggs 6 (Dunne, Maltais), 11:21.
Saves: OSU (Sauve 18-13-16) 47; W (Campbell 8-5-8) 21. Power play: OS 0-for-3, W 0-for-3. Penalties: OS 4-for-8, W 4-for-8.
Att. — 2,273.