No. 1 Badgers race past the Beavers, 5-0

MADISON, Wi. In its first game back in over two weeks, the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team scored four times in seven minutes en route to a 5-0 win over Bemidji State on Friday at LaBahn Arena.

Senior Sophia Shaver, sophomore Delaney Drake, and freshmen Sophie Shirley and Britta Curl all scored for the Badgers (12-1-0, 6-1-0-0 WCHA) in their series-opening victory.

After a quiet opening 11 minutes, the Badgers turned on the jets against the Beavers (2-10-1, 2-6-1-0), ripping off four-straight goals in the first period.

Shaver put UW up 1-0 at the 11:15 mark before Delaney Drake scored two minutes later to give UW a 2-0 lead.

Shirley scored twice in the final six minutes to give the Badgers a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes of action.

Freshman Britta Curl added to the scoring frenzy in the second with her fifth goal of the season at the 11:16 mark to put the Badgers up 5-0 midway through the second period.

UW dominated the final period, outshooting BSU 20-5 but was unable to add another goal on the night.

Play of the Game
Shirley’s first goal of the game was a beauty as she tipped in an Abby Roque feed to net her eighth goal of the year before scoring minutes later.

Three Notes of the Game
• Wisconsin has been electric in the first period this season, scoring 21 of its 47 goals in the opening frame.
• Junior goaltender Kristen Campbell stymied off BSU with 15 saves on the night to earn her third shutout of the season and her second-straight blank slate.
• The Badgers launched a season-high 48 shots on the night while limiting BSU to only 15 attempts.

Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On Bemidji coming into the night after playing Ohio State:
“If you watch their last four or five games, they have played really well. They played well against Minnesota, they played well against Minnesota State, and finally got rewarded last weekend against Ohio State. They’ve got a track record and a history of how they play. You have to be aware of that and understand it. It was more about we were going to try and do and how we were going to keep momentum coming off of the bye. We certainly got a couple players back and we started off with a couple penalty kills which you certainly don’t want to start a game in. After that obviously, after scoring some goals it creates some excitement. Overall the kids played well, and coming off of the break it is always good.”
On slow starts to the periods:
“In the first eight minutes we were fighting off two penalties. You don’t prepare for that. We get through with no damage. I didn’t know how we were going to play the first period. I liked the way we practiced the last eight or nine days, but if you haven’t played a game in the last two weeks, you just don’t know. The first goal was a big lift and we relaxed a little bit and then we played really well.”
On Sophie Shirley:
“That line, the first 40 minutes every time they were on the ice they were creating something. They could have had a couple more. They had a couple posts, a crossbar. They played well up in Mankato together, that line and tonight they played extremely well.”
On what he says to the team before tomorrow:
“You know what you are going to be up against. They are a prideful team, they are going to come in tomorrow being disappointed in what the result was tonight. It’s a quick turnaround. You want to come out in the first 8 or ten minutes and establish what we did tonight in tomorrow’s game.”
Junior forward Abby Roque
On the young players scoring:
“I think our younger players have really stepped up, Britta Curl and Sophie Shirley are both my line mates and freshmen, but they do not act like freshmen at all on the ice. They have a lot of veteran mindset. They are so good and so smart with the puck. They get the game and always willing to learn and I’m always willing to learn from them, so it is a good give and take if are whole team is willing to listen to anybody.”
On the flow on the ice:
“It is really good for the team. As we get farther into the season, we should start clicking more and having that flow more. I think now it is, we are making way better passes, making great plays, and I think the flow of the game really helps us play our game as Badger hockey. We want to control the puck when we can and I think having that flow really allows us to do that.”
Freshmen forward Sophie Shirley
On the depth of the team:
“I think it is really nice. Us as freshmen came in and we are a tight group so I think that helps a lot. The older girls have been really welcoming and really supportive of us, so having that is really helpful for us and makes it an easy transition.
On having the first bye week:
“Last week was a huge building week for us. We wanted to go into practice really hard and not taking any practices off. Once we did that, it helped us in this game today and helped us move along pretty smoothly.
Up Next:
The Badgers look to complete the sweep against Bemidji State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in LaBahn Arena.