MADISON, Wi.(AP) For the second-straight game, Wisconsin women’s hockey freshman Sophie Shirley delivered the game-winning goal as the No. 2 Badgers blanked Princeton, 3-0, on Sunday at LaBahn Arena.
Shirley, senior Annie Pankowski, and junior Presley Norby all scored for Wisconsin (8-0-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) to lead the Badgers to a sweep of Princeton (0-2-0, 0-0-0-0 ECAC).
The Badgers dominated offensive possession in the first period outshooting the Tigers 12-5, but neither team could light the lamp.
Wisconsin kept up the pressure as Shirley, who had a three-point performance against Princeton on Friday, grabbed a rebound off a shot from junior Abby Roque and put it past PU netminder Rachel McQuigge midway through the second. It marked Shirley’s fifth of the season as the freshman is tied with linemate Roque for the team lead.
In the final frame, Pankowski scored an unassisted backhander on UW’s fourth power play of the day with six minutes to go before Norby went coast-to-coast in the final two minutes to put the game out of reach.
Play of the Game
UW junior Kristen Campbell earned her first shutout of the year as she recorded a season high 25 saves in the win. A second-team All-American last year, Campbell’s 25 saves were a career-high mark in a shutout performance.
Three Notes of the Game
• Wisconsin now has a 35-game unbeaten streak at home, including a 34-game streak at LaBahn Arena. UW has also enjoyed 17-straight sellouts at LaBahn.
• UW’s power play converted two of its five chances on Sunday and now is the No. 3 ranked power-play unit in the country thanks to a .286 clip.
• Abby Roque leads the NCAA in points this year with 14 and has a point in every game this year for UW. The reigning WCHA Forward of the Year is tied for the NCAA lead with nine assists.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the weekend's series against Princeton:
"I give them a lot of credit for playing well in our own end. They really clogged up the scoring area, but they also always seemed to outnumber us in the corners in our offensive zone, which made it difficult for us to forecheck or sustain any pressure. We missed a bunch of golden opportunities Friday, but we didn't pass the puck well or turn it over too much. For these first seven games, that's probably where we've been weakest just in terms of managing the puck.”
“We came in and practiced Saturday and I thought we did a better job, but again, I give them credit because they made it difficult to get the puck in that radius of what we call the scoring area. When we did get the puck, it was one and done, and we didn't get many, so it's going to come down to somebody's power play to score a goal. It might not be pretty, we ended up getting one, and then two more back to back penalty kills in the second period. It was an interesting game.”
“It's better than having somebody come in and win four, five, six, seven nothing. They created some problems for us, and we just had to figure those out. We'll take film of this, we'll look back at it, practice at home and hopefully get better.”
On Kristen Campbell's performance:
"Going into Minnesota this weekend, we certainly want her confidence to be higher and for her to feel good about herself. She played well, especially in the second period when there were almost four straight minutes short-handed, and they got a couple good whacks at it, but she had a couple of nice saves and overall good effort."
On the upcoming Minnesota series:
"I'm sure the crowds will be big, energetic and enthusiastic. Last time it went well for us when we played them at home in the quarterfinal game, so they'll be excited. Minnesota got beat Saturday, so that makes their practice a little more intense this week, and they'll come in here ready to play, so it'll be a great weekend."
Freshman forward Sophie Shirley
On today's goals:
"We say it's nice to open the floodgates out there; once we got one it followed up with more, so that was good."
On next weekend's Minnesota series:
"Minnesota's coming up here next week, and they made us work for it last time, so I think it's gonna be great to have this momentum going into that series."
On Kristen Campbell's performance:
"It's always helpful when you have a good support with Kristen back behind the net there logging all the good saves. She did a really good job for us today.”
Junior goaltender Kristen Campbell
On the importance of non-conference games:
“I think these games are really going to help us. We never know in the non-conference games what to expect from an opponent. We just have to be ready for anything and prepare the best we know how. Overall, we did a really good job of that. Throughout the season, it’s really going to help us be able to compete with any opponent even if we don't know what they’re going to bring to the table.”
On getting her first shutout:
“It feels great. The team played great in front of me. To me, the stats aren’t super important. It’s more about getting the win, so I’m just really happy that the team found a way to get it done today.”
The Badgers will take on Border-Battle rival Minnesota this weekend at LaBahn Arena. Puck drop on both Saturday and Sunday is set for 2 p.m. CT and both games are sold out.