Badgers sweep Huskies with 6-0 win
Rigsby earns fourth career shutout with 10 saves
MADISON, Wis. – Junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) led the Badgers with three points as No. 1 Wisconsin (22-2-0, 16-2-0 WCHA) earned a 6-0 win against St. Cloud State before 3,854 fans at the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon. The Badgers extend their win streak to 10 games with this weekend’s series sweep over the Huskies.
Freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) improved to 15-1-0 on the season, stopping each of the 10 shots she faced for her fourth career shutout. St. Cloud State (0-22-1, 0-17-1 WCHA) received 46 saves from goaltender Ashley Nixon as the Badgers outshot the Huskies, 52-10.
Nine Badgers registered a point in Sunday’s win, with Knight and senior Mallory Deluce (London, Ontario) each posting multi-point games. Knight had two goals and one assist, and Deluce tallied one goal and one assist.
The Badgers took a 1-0 lead after the first period, outshooting St. Cloud State 21-1 in the first 20 minutes. Sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) poked the puck forward to junior Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) off the draw, and Ammerman slid a pass through the slot to senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), who buried her 21st goal of the season to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead with 2:04 remaining in the first period.
The Badgers extended their lead to 3-0 with two second-period goals. Freshman Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) solved Nixon at the 15:58 mark of the middle frame, assisted by fellow rookie Madison Packer (Birmingham, Mich.) and Knight.
Knight scored on a solo effort with just nine seconds remaining in the second period. She fired a shot through traffic at the point after collecting her own rebound, and the puck bounced off a St. Cloud State player past Nixon into the net.
Knight scored her second consecutive goal at the two-minute mark of the third period, ripping a shot while skating through the slot. Senior Kelly Nash (Bonita, Calif.) then gave Wisconsin a 5-0 lead with 7:10 remaining, scoring off an assist from Deluce.
Deluce and senior Geena Prough (Farmington, Mich.) teamed up to cap the 6-0 victory. Deluce skated the puck up the left side and found Prough in the slot. Prough then slipped the puck back to a streaking Deluce, who tucked the puck past Nixon for the final tally of the game.
After sophomore Becca Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) made seven saves in Wisconsin’s 10-0 win against the Huskies on Friday, this weekend marks the first time since the season-opening series against RPI that the Badger goaltenders combined for a series shutout.
With one goal, Duggan extended her current point streak to 20 games, tying the longest individual point streak in UW women’s hockey history. Meghan Hunter’s 20-game scoring run lasted from Oct. 14, 2000 to Jan. 12, 2001.