No. 1 Badgers bounce back with 5-2 win

After being shut out for only the second time this year, the top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team bounced back with a five-goal effort en route to a 5-2 win against No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.

Freshman Britta Curl led the way for Wisconsin (20-2-0, 10-2-0-0 WCHA) with a pair of goals while Sophie Shirley, Annie Pankowski and Sophia Shaver also scored for UW to help them split their series with Ohio State (15-7-0, 9-5-0-0 WCHA).

It only took 52 seconds for UW to light the lamp as Britta Curl scored her 11th of the year off feeds from Abby Roque and Sophie Shirley to give UW a 1-0 lead.

After OSU’s Emma Maltais scored a goal on a Badger delayed penalty, Shirley added her 12th of the year on a Badger power play to give UW a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

UW dominated action in the second period, outshooting OSU 17-1 as both teams scored power-play goals in the period.

Annie Pankowski scored her team-leading 15th goal of the year to give UW a 3-1 advantage before OSU added its own power-play tally with 26.2 seconds left in the period.

UW tacked on a pair of goals in the third period as Curl and Shirley capitalized on an OSU miscue to give the Cardinal and White a 4-2 lead.

Minutes later, Shaver scored on a rush to put the game out of reach of the Buckeyes. It marked the senior co-captain’s fifth goal of the year.

Three Notes of the Game
- It marks the second time that Curl has recorded a multi-goal game as she scored twice for UW in its 6-1 win over Syracuse on Dec. 1, while her three points were also a career high.
- Wisconsin outshot Ohio State, 46-14, and didn’t allow a shot on goal for the first 19:33 of the second period.
- The Badgers’ power play was 2-of-6 on the day, converting on its first two opportunities. The Badgers lead the NCAA with a .286 clip on the player advantage.
Straight from the Rink
Freshman Britta Curl
On responding Friday’s loss:
"After yesterday we just reiterated that we have to be winning battles and we have to keep competing an entire 60 minutes and last night we really didn't do that. So coming out today, especially right away, to get a goal kind of got us going."

On the quick goal:
"You always want to start strong and in the first shift we had really good pressure in the offensive zone and the puck came to me in the slot and I put it away so it was a really good boost for our team."

On what the team learned this weekend:
"I think it was good for us to just get that first game out of the way and then we want to build from this game and it was a good way to get the ball rolling so we will be looking to continue that into next weekend."

Freshman Sophie Shirley
On responding to Friday’s loss:
"It felt really good! I think the biggest thing coming in to today we wanted to respond from yesterday's game. I think today as a group we all kind of pulled together and did that so it was nice to see the results."

On her line clicking:
"I think just from the start when we got together it's just been clicking so I think it's really nice to have that chemistry and be able to feed off of that really helps."

On what the team learned this weekend:
"I think the momentum is going to be huge, I think coming into this we wanted to respond and I think with the really good game that we had today, I think we just need to carry that into practice this week and the games next weekend.

Up Next:
UW continues its tough stretch with a road series at No. 2 Minnesota at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Puck drop on Friday, Jan. 18 is set for 7 p.m. while the series wraps up on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m.