Wisconsin responded emphatically to a St. Cloud State rally in sweeping the road series with a 6-2 victory.
Freshman forward Sara Bauer had two goals and an assist for the Badgers while senior forward Karen Rickard picked up two goals and freshman defenseman Bobbi-Jo Slusar notched a pair of assists.
Bauer, an adept play-maker who leads the team in assists, showed a scorer's touch Saturday, beating senior netminder Ellen Brinkman early in the first period. Just two minutes later, Bauer resumed her normal role, setting up freshman forward Lindsay Macy's goal for her 14th assist of the season.
Wisconsin took a 3-0 lead early in the second period on Rickard's first tally, but St. Cloud State scored a pair of power play goals to draw within 3-2 at the 14:57 mark in the second period. Any intrigue, however, was short-lived, as Rickard found the net just 22 seconds later and junior forward Amy Vermeulen made it 5-2 at the 16:01 mark.
Bauer capped the game's scoring late in the third period.
With the win the Badgers (15-4-3 overall, 11-4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) remained two points behind Minnesota in the WCHA standings. The Gophers dispatched last-place Bemidji State 4-1 Saturday night and face the Beavers again Sunday.
Score by period
|St. Cloud State||0||2||0||2|
Shots on goal by period
|St. Cloud State||4||9||13||26|
UW 1 - Sara Bauer (3) from Sharon Cole (5) and Bobbi-Jo Slusar (5) at 6:26
UW 2 - Lindsay Macy (5) from Bauer (14) at 8:39
UW 3 - Karen Rickard (8) from Molly Engstrom (10) and Steph Millar (8), PPG, at 3:47
SC 1 - Carrie Holldorf (11) from Kelly Stewart (8) and Tina Ciraulo, PPG, at 5:30
SC 2 - Krista Simonson (1) from Ashley Stewart (9) and Randie Jelinski (4), PPG, at 14:57
UW 4 - Rickard (9) from Kristen Witting (4) and Jackie Friesen (5) at 15:19
UW 5 - Amy Vermeulen (4) from Meghan Hunter (9) at 16:01
UW 6 - Bauer (4) from Slusar (6) and Meaghan Mikkelson (5) at 14:02
UW - Christine Dufour (60:00), 24 saves, 2 goals allowed
SC - Ellen Brinkman (55:19), 28, 5
SC - Brie Anderson (4:41), 0, 1
Men's heptathletes earn high marks at UNI Invite
Two UW athletes earned NCAA provisional qualifying marks at the University of Northern Iowa Invitational in the heptathlon Saturday. Senior Ashraf Fadel took fourth with 5,333 points and sophomore Joe Detmer took fifth with 5,299. They now rank fifth and sixth on the UW career all-time list.
Fadel finished second in the shot put with 45'5 ¾", third in the pole vault with 15'1" and fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.17.
In his first heptathlon, Detmer won the 1,000-meter run in 2:33.50 and took third in the 60-meter dash, clocking in at 7.16, and took fourth in the long jump at 22'11".
Sophomore Nathan Brown, senior Ryan Tremelling and sophomore Ben Roland all participated but all withdrew due to injuries.
The men's track and field team will attend the Panther Classic Feb. 7.
Frosh leads Badgers with top finishes at UNI
Freshman Shuntia Lucas picked up wins in two of Wisconsin's three first-place finishes at the UNI Invitational Saturday.
Lucas tied for first place in the 60-meter dash, as she and Kansas State freshman LaToya Banks each finished in 7.77 while Badger sophomore Lisa Oikarinen took fifth in 8.01. She also won the 200-meter dash in 25.01 and senior Kym Hubing took third in 26.27.
Wisconsin's other first-place finish came from both sophomore Danielle Ohmen and senior Angie Kolanko, along with Minnesota junior Emily Bastyr, who all finished first in the high jump at 5'5" ¾.
Wisconsin will next go to the Penn State Invitational Feb. 13-14.
Women's swimming reigns over Big Ten foes
The women's swimming and diving team continued its home conference winning streak, which began after the Badgers lost in the Big Ten Quad Duals Jan. 30-31 1998. Now 9-1, the No. 10 Badgers swept the competition in the two-day meet, defeating Minnesota 226-126, Purdue 238-114 and Illinois 253-98 at the Big Ten Quad Duals meet.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Wisconsin team—sophomore Sarah Hernandez, senior Molly Buhrandt, sophomore Amalia Sarnecki and freshman Susan Johnson—finished in 1:34.69, defeating its closest competitor, Wisconsin's other relay team—senior Emily Pisula, sophomore Lindsay Leech, sophomore Emily Carpenter and freshman Caroline Ackley—by two seconds.
Wisconsin's 400 freestyle relay team of senior Bethany Pendleton, Hernandez, sophomore Shannon Van Curen and freshman Andrea Wiesner also clocked in first with a time of 3:27.36. Leech, Sarnecki, Johnson and Hernandez combined forces Friday night to set a new pool record of 1:43.11 in the 200 medley relay.
Individually, several Wisconsin swimmers earned top finishes. Hernandez took the 100 freestyle in 51.61 while Johnson swept the competition in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 56.12. Buhrandt took first in the 200 backstroke in 2:03.87 while junior Carly Piper won the 500 freestyle in 4:53.74. Friday, Pendleton took first in the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley, setting a new pool record of 2:02.66 in the latter.
Illinois senior Ilkay Dikmen set a pool record in the 200 breaststroke with a new time of 2:15.05 that broke Minnesota's Gretchen Hegener's time of 2:16.36 set in 1998.
Men's swimming comes out even in triangular duals
The men's swimming team hosted a bittersweet triangular dual meet Saturday in which it defeated Purdue 199-151 but lost to No. 7 Minnesota 219-131. Minnesota also defeated Purdue 234-118.
Wisconsin trailed Minnesota 97-87 after Friday's competition and could not make up the difference Saturday.
Junior Adam Mania, though, broke the 100-yard backstroke pool record in 48.27 Friday afternoon and did the same in the 200 backstroke Saturday, also earning a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 1:45.94.
Minnesota sophomore Adam Mitchell set a pool record in the 400 individual medley in 3:55.23 and Purdue sophomore Giodan Pogioli smashed the old 200 breaststroke record with a new time of 2:00.60.
Wisconsin's men's and women's swimming teams will host in-state rivals UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay Feb. 6.
—Jonathan Linder contributed to this report