The Wisconsin women's hockey team proved why it is the No. 6 team in the country Saturday after it crushed St. Cloud State 8-1. St. Cloud State slips to 0-6-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association and 2-8-0 overall.
Wisconsin (7-3-0, 11-3-0) outshot St. Cloud State 42-18 and freshman goaltender Christine Dufour had 17 saves while Husky freshman Lauri St. Jacques had 34 saves.
Senior forward Meghan Hunter, the first Badger to score, tied former Badger Kendra Antony's all-time record in scoring with 159 career points. Hunter notched the first goal of the game, with an assist from senior forward Karen Rickard on a power play midway through the first period. Eleven seconds later, Wisconsin was back on the scoreboard with a goal from junior forward Jackie Friesen, who had two goals in the game. Junior forward Amy Vermeulen had the assist.
The Huskies narrowed the lead late in the first period with a goal from junior defender/forward Carrie Halldorf off an assist from senior defender Kobi Kawamoto.
Wisconsin more than protected its one-goal lead in the second and third periods, adding six goals in 40 minutes of play.
Senior forward Steph Millar continued the scoring barrage six minutes into the second period with help from freshman forward Lindsay Macy and sophomore forward Nikki Burish. Wisconsin dominated in the power play, converting on four of the six opportunities, including two man-advantage goals in the second period. Friesen earned her second goal on assists from Burish and junior defender Molly Engstrom, whose two assists and one goal led the team.
With a four-goal lead heading into the third period, Wisconsin continued to fly past the Huskies. Freshman forward Meaghan Mikkelson tallied a goal with an assist from freshman forward Sara Bauer and sophomore forward Sharon Cole. Vermeulen notched her second assist on a pass to Millar, who earned her second goal at 12:35. Two minutes later Wisconsin scored on another power play, this time from senior defender/forward Kathryn Greaves. Engstrom had the assist for her second of the night.
Wisconsin next faces Minnesota-Duluth, the three-time NCAA champions, on the road Dec. 5 and 6.