Facing a short turnaround in its Western Collegiate Hockey Association series, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team made short work of Minnesota Duluth.
The top-ranked Badgers scored twice midway through the first period and went on to post a 5-1 victory, extending their home unbeaten streak to 21 games, on Friday evening at LaBahn Arena.
Abby Roque, who entered as the league’s leading scorer, produced two goals and an assist and sophomore goalie Kristen Campbell made 28 saves as she and the Badgers improved their records to 18-1 overall and 9-0 in league play.
Roque said the 2,273 fans in the stands helped energize the Badgers.
“I think coming out in LaBahn we always start strong, we always play well,” Roque said.
Roque followed sophomore Mekenzie Stffen’s ice-breaker 17 seconds later to make it 2-0 at 7:51 of the first period.
Junior Sophia Shaver, who with sophomore Presley Norby assisted on Steffen’s goal, made it 3-0 just 1:36 into the period before freshman Brette Pettet made it 4-0 at 12:52. Roque made it 5-0 at 9:56 of the third.
Campbell lost her shutout against the Bulldogs (9-9, 5-6) with 3 seconds remaining in the game.
The teams conclude the series at noon today.
Minnesota Duluth 0 0 1 — 1
Wisconsin 2 2 1 — 5
First period: W — Steffen 2 (Shaver, Norby), 7:34; Roque 7, 7:51.
Second period: W — Shaver 7 (Williams, Norby), 1:36; Pettet 6 (Roque, Rolfes), 12:52.
Third period: W — Roque 8 (Pettet, Wellhausen), 9:56; MD — Klein 1 (Astrup, Hedin), 19:57.
Saves: MD (Convery 6-14-6) 26; W (Campbell 10-9-9) 28. Power play: MD 0-for-4, W 0-for-2. Penalties: MD 3 for 6, W 5 for 10.
Att. — 2,273.
Verona’s Beata Nelson set school and Big Ten Conference records in winning the 100-yard backstroke (50.79 seconds) at the Texas Invitational in Austin.
The sophomore, who broke the school record in the 200 IM Thursday, also was second in the 100 butterfly (:51.88, second-fastest in school history).
“I think the cat’s out of the bag now. Beata is really good,” UW coach Whitney Hite said. “We’ve known that for a while now. ... She’s in a good spot. She’s fit, she’s strong, she’s motivated — and she’s just going to keep getting better.”
Freshman Evan Wick (165 pounds) reached today’s semifinals as the Badgers (36.5 points) are 13th among 45 teams at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.