MADISON, Wi. The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team came out of the gates firing and never looked back in a convincing 6-0 victory Saturday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
Wisconsin's (2-0-0) offense wasted no time putting points on the board as senior Sam Cogan slipped the first goal of the game into the Lindenwood (0-2-0) net just 17 seconds into the contest.
Senior Emily Clark added her name to the scoresheet at the 14:50 mark of the first period with a beautiful backhand shot that would put the Badgers up a pair after one period of play.
Clark opened up the second period by finding the net again just under six minutes into the frame. The goal marked the Olympian’s third goal of the young campaign.
Wisconsin’s offensive showcase wasn’t done yet as junior Presley Norby ripped a shot with just 1:35 left in the second period that put up UW 4-0 heading into the third.
With 15 minutes remaining, junior defenseman Mekenzie Steffen stepped up to add the fifth goal of the game.
UW made it 6-0 at the at the 11:54 mark of the third when Alexis Mauermann slipped the puck into the net. Mauermann’s goal was the first points of the season for the junior left-winger and the final piece of Wisconsin’s 6-0 victory over Lindenwood.
Three notes of the game
• Sophomore goalie Breanna Blesi made her first ever appearance in goal for Wisconsin during the third period. Blesi denied the Lions on all four shots she faced after Kristen Campbell stopped four shots in the first 40 minutes of the game.
• The Badgers outshot Lindenwood 45-8 and 91-16 on the weekend.
• Wisconsin raised its unbeaten streak at LaBahn Arena to 31 games in front of a sellout crowd.
Play of the game
Senior Sam Cogan set the tone for the afternoon when the left-winger found the back of the net just 17 seconds into the game. Cogan’s goal propelled the Badgers to an incredible offensive performance Saturday as five different Badgers scored and 10 different players had a point.
Straight from the Rink
UW head coach Mark Johnson
On how the weekend went:
"Really good. I thought today's game, we came out and scored in the first shift of the game and that seemed to relax everybody. For 60 minutes, we controlled a lot of the play, and everybody got involved. An excellent weekend for a lot of different reasons. Obviously the first two games, we're coming out of training camp, so I'm really happy with the way we played, but more importantly that we come back to work on Monday and try to get better."
On having Emily Clark back on the team:
"The nice thing about this group is that we're deep. We've got four lines and we can throw a lot of things at people, so it's a nice group. We're just starting off, it's the early part of the season, so the most important thing is that we come back next week and try to make some improvements in some parts of our game and try to get ourselves ready for our first road trip."
On how the freshmen looked during this weekend's series:
"I thought that not only the freshmen did well, especially in situations like last night where we gave up a goal and we scored on ourselves. A little bit of adversity is okay, and I thought that from everybody, especially today, we're going to get a better picture of what we're all about. We made some improvements from Game 1 to Game 2, and I'm excited for what's ahead of us."
Senior forward Emily Clark
On being back for the Badgers:
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to play in LaBahn Arena, and once again it just shows that it’s the best place to play college hockey and, you know, the energy you get from the fans, you can’t even describe it.”
On scoring three goals this weekend:
You know I didn’t have too much expectations, I was just trying to have fun this weekend. You know obviously I had some puck luck but a lot of that goes to Alexis [Mauermann] and Annie [Pankowski], some of those the pass just went right on my stick and right off my stick so she made my job pretty easy.
On what changed from yesterday to today:
I mean from the first game of the season you can’t expect too much and you definitely can’t expect perfection, but I think we just kept it more simple today and stuck to our systems and it paid off.
The Badgers take their first road trip of the season to battle No. 10 Mercyhurst for a series starting on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.