Vail, Colo. – Senior Alex Rigsby pitched her 25th career shutout, while five different UW players found the back of the net as the Wisconsin women’s hockey team blanked Boston University, 5-0, Saturday in the second contest of a tournament at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail, Colo.
Both teams entered the contest ranked in the top 10, the Badgers claiming the No. 2 spot and the Terriers checking in at No. 8. Wisconsin controlled the contest from the beginning, getting two goals in the first frame before adding three in the second.
“I’m real happy with the outcome,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “It ends up being a good weekend for us. Obviously, it’s a non-conference game against a worthy opponent. You are happy with the victory, but it is early in the process, and we have a long way to go.”
Rigsby recorded 19 saves in a winning effort to improve to 7-2-0 on the season. The win improves Rigsby’s total win count to 90, just one game short of the school win record held by former Badger Jessie Vetter.
Junior Blayre Turnbull put the Badgers on the board first, scoring her seventh goal of the season by flicking the puck over the shoulder of BU goaltender Kerrin Sperry on a breakaway early in the first period. Junior Katy Josephs was the next to score, finding the back of the net on a power play at the end of the first to give the Badgers a 2-0 lead heading into the second.
The Badgers continued to bring the heat in an aggressive second period that included 27 penalty minutes between the teams and an ejection of one BU player. Nurse led the offensive strike, using some swift stick-handling to juke the Terriers and send the puck to the back of the net for the fourth time this season.
McKibbon was next to score, sneaking the puck past new BU goaltender Victoria Hanson six minutes into the period to give the Badgers a comfortable four-goal lead. Junior Karley Sylvester finished the scoring for Wisconsin by poking in a rebound shot on a power play with a minute and a half left in the second period.
The Badgers outshot the Terriers 34-19 in the contest, and killed two penalties to bring UW’s penalty kill percentage to 90.5, the sixth-best mark in the country.
Wisconsin will next take the ice in Grand Forks, N.D., next weekend in a series against No. 4 North Dakota. Friday’s contest will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Saturday tilt at 7 p.m.