MADISON, Wi. In another dominant outing, the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team cruised past the Bemidji State Beavers, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
Junior Presley Norby, senior Sophia Shaver and fellow senior Annie Pankowski all scored for Wisconsin (13-1-0, 7-1-0-0 WCHA) in its series finale against the Beavers.
Norby got the party started for Wisconsin at the 4:28 mark of the first period, as the junior right-winger sped past a Beaver defender causing the defenseman to fall over as Norby rocketed in her fourth goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later Shaver found the back of the net with 1:36 remaining in the opening frame, burying a loose puck in front of the Beaver net. It marked her second goal of the weekend.
Pankowski scored her sixth of the year in the second period which was the final tally for the Cardinal and White.
Play of the Game
Junior Presley Norby’s opening goal was the highlight of the afternoon. Not only did the right-winger show off her incredible speed, but she ‘broke the ankles’ of the BSU defender in the process. Norby rocketed the goal in the upper-right corner of the net to put the Badgers on the board early over the Beavers.
Three Notes of the Game
- Three different Badgers scored in the 3-0 victory over the Beavers. On the weekend, six different players found the net for UW in a massive offensive weekend showcase.
- Junior goalie Kristen Campbell grabbed 12 saves in the win, to earn her third-straight shutout and her fourth on the season.
- UW held BSU to a meager 27 shots on the weekend and zero goals in the series sweep.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the weekend’s performance:
“It was good, it was the first time we’ve had everyone able to play since nine games ago. It was good, especially coming off break. We had a lot of energy, played six good periods over the weekend so I’m happy with that. Now we have four straight non-conference games coming up.”
On the team finally at full strength:
“I think the lines were good, our concern was that Emily [Clark] hadn’t played in six weeks, and practice is one thing but the games are much different and I thought she played well last night and she had a quick turnaround today, but she held up well. A lot of good things happened over the weekend, the girls can relax now, and then get back at it to get ready for Harvard this weekend.”
On the progress the team has to make:
“It’s a work in progress, try to continue to make improvements, try to get better every day and in team practices, when you have practice for four straight days you can work on some things, and I thought our energy level over the course of the weekend was good and we just have to maintain that especially when we play at home.”
Junior goaltender Kristin Campbell
On the shutout:
“It feels good, the defense is playing super well in front of me. Everyone is playing their role and doing their job so it’s making it easier for me as I have full confidence in everyone in front of me.”
On the team at full strength:
“It’s extremely beneficial, I think it’s super fun to watch everyone back together and that chemistry we’ve been building throughout the year. I think that everyone is at a good comfort level knowing that they’re back in their spots, and just as a team it’ll help us moving forward knowing that everyone is ready to go.”
Junior forward Presley Norby
On her goal:
“I got a nice pass from Mekenzie Steffen on the breakout, and the girl happened to fall down, and it was a pretty lucky bounce there. It just feels really good to score in such an amazing atmosphere here in LaBahn and the fans are always awesome.”
On the team at full strength:
“It definitely feels good with (Emily) Clark and the USA girls being back. It just feels like its complete again, and they are obviously part of our leadership group, so to have them back and healthy is really awesome.”
The Badgers battle the Harvard Crimson next weekend at LaBahn Arena. Puck drop on Friday, Nov. 23 is set for 7 p.m. while the series finale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., an hour later than originally scheduled.