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No. 2 Badger women skate past Mavericks, 5-1

MANKATO, Minn. – Junior Blayre Turnbull scored two short-handed goals in the third period to help the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team secure a 5-1 win over Minnesota State, Friday, at All Seasons Arena.

With her two short-handed goals, Turnbull set the school record for the most short-handed goals in a season with five. Her seven career short-handed goals are tied for third on the school’s all-time list with Sara Bauer. Turnbull was also the second player in school history to record multiple short-handed goals in the game, and the first player to tally two short-handed efforts in the same period. Michelle Sikich also scored two short-handed goals in a 5-2 win over Minnesota State on Dec. 4, 1999.

Rachel Jones opened up the scoring for Wisconsin (24-5-2, 20-5-2-1 WCHA), recording her third goal of the season, slapping in her own rebound past MSU goaltender and reigning WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Danielle Butters to give UW a 1-0 lead.

Ammerman tallied her 22nd goal of the year off a feed by Turnbull to give the Badgers a 2-0 advantage with just under six minutes left in the first.

The Mavericks (12-20-1, 7-19-1 WCHA) cut the Wisconsin lead in half midway through the second, as Kelsie Scott capitalized on a UW miscue to make it a 2-1 game.

The Badgers would answer, scoring three goals in the final frame. Madison Packer went top shelf on Butters to propel UW to a 3-1 advantage at the 11:11 mark. The goal marked Packer’s 100th career point as the senior became the 18th player in school history to reach the century mark.

Turnbull finished off the scoring for Wisconsin, lighting the lamp twice in the final eight minutes. After stealing the puck from MSU, Turnbull went five-hole on Butters to give UW a 4-1 lead. Minutes later, Turnbull again forced a Maverick miscue and beat Butters to propel Wisconsin to a 5-1 advantage.

Senior Alex Rigsby picked up her 97th career win, stopping 20 shots. Butters collected 45 saves in the loss for the Mavericks. Wisconsin outshot MSU 50-21.

The two teams wrap up their series on Saturday with a 3 p.m. contest.


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