MADISON, Wi. After giving up an early goal to No. 4 Minnesota Duluth, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team bounced back, scoring three unanswered goals to take down the Bulldogs, 3-1, on Sunday at LaBahn Arena.
Sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, junior Alexis Mauermann, and sophomore Brette Pettet all scored for the Badgers (6-0-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) and helped UW head coach Mark Johnson becoming the all-time winningest coach in NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey history with 465 victories.
The Badgers got off to a slow start giving up a quick Bulldog (2-3-1, 0-3-1-1 WCHA) goal in the opening minute of play.
UW wouldn’t stay behind long though as Buchbinder launched a rocket top shelf at the 7:12 mark to tie the game at one heading into the second period.
Wisconsin’s offense was relentless on UMD goalie Maddie Rooney, outshooting the Bulldogs 11-3 in the second period. Rooney, the 2018 Olympic gold medalist for the U.S., held her own for most of the second until a quick-strike goal off a face-off from junior Alexis Mauermann with 6:04 left in the frame put UW on top 2-1.
Early in the third, Pettet scored her first of the season to give UW a two-goal lead to help complete the sweep of the Bulldogs.
Play of the Game
Defenseman Natalie Buchbinder turned the tide for the Badgers with her game-tying goal midway through the first period. Buchbinder launched a rocket from the lot over the shoulder of Rooney to tie the game at one.
Three Notes of the Game
• Johnson passed Mercyhurst head coach Michael Sisti and Harvard head coach Katey Stone for the top spot in NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey history with his 465th career win.
• Wisconsin earned its 100th win at LaBahn Arena and the Badgers are now undefeated in their last 33 games in their barn.
• The Badgers dominated shots on goal, outshooting UMD 87-28.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On starting the conference season with two wins:
"Yeah, a very worthy opponent. Their schedule with playing and opening up against BC and then come back against Minnesota and then getting their first road trip down here. With the goaltender that they have and certainly some of the personnel, they make the game challenging. Overall, six good periods. We used a lot of people this weekend and I thought that everybody made a contribution and the second half of this game it certainly helped having the depth that we do.:
On handily defeating a team who has given its opponents a lot of trouble so far this year:
"We've played well at home historically. Last night losing Emily (Clark) early in the game threw us a curve ball. Everybody on the bench is looking at it and feeling sorry. Overall, a lot of the little things that we did, obviously the power play helped us last night. Today was just the ability to start the game quickly. I didn't want us to score on ourselves but we responded well to it. We had Natalie Buchbinder's goal to tie it up and then it's just a matter of can we find a second or third one.
"We had a lot of quality chances. We had a bunch of quality chances in the first period and we had about a half a dozen in the second period. She (Rooney) was standing her ground. I certainly got more relaxed when we scored on the second shift of the third period. Six games in, I like a lot of the things we are doing right now. I think we just have to continue to get better."
Junior Abby Roque
On starting off conference play with a sweep:
"They're a good team. It's nice to get two wins against a team that we'll definitely battle with down the line. Especially during playoff time, they could be a potential team we'll have to face again, so it's good to get two wins."
On how the team played:
"I think we played really well. I think the last four games we were trying to get to know our team, trying to get to know our lines, and today we really put it all together. We were fast, we were sharp, made good passes and were smart with the puck."
On out-shooting UMD:
"I think we knew that with this goalie, we had to get a lot of shots on her. She's obviously really good so we had to get shots and get traffic there. It wasn't enough to just get shots, we had to get rebounds, we needed to get people in front, and I think that's how we got our goals."
Sophomore Natalie Buchbinder
On sweeping UMD:
"Obviously Duluth's a really good team, so it felt good to dominate over them the whole weekend, and hopefully we can carry that over into next weekend's series against Princeton."
On scoring her first goal of the year:
"It definitely felt good. A lot of credit to our forwards for keeping me in the zone. They gave me a lot of room, so I just took what they gave me."
On winning the 100th home game and playing at LaBahn Arena:
"It's unbelievable. We're so grateful for the fans that we have. They really keep us going and give us energy throughout the game, so huge credit to them."
Wisconsin continues its six-game homestand with a non-conference matchup with Princeton. Puck drop on Friday is at 7 p.m. at LaBahn Arena and can be seen live on Fox Sports Wisconsin, while Sunday’s game begins at noon. The Badgers will celebrate their 2009 NCAA championship team on Friday and will recognize all former players on Sunday.