Badgers smash Buckeyes in road win

Rickard's two goals, Horras' 25 saves key women's hockey team's 5-1 victory

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The No. 5 Wisconsin women's hockey team crushed Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe No. 10 Ohio State 5-1 Friday and earned two much-needed points in the race for the conference championship. Minnesota, which leads the WCHA pack, plays Saturday and Sunday, and currently holds a one-point edge.

Wisconsin remained No. 5 in the PairWise rankings, compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, after Friday night's women's college hockey was complete, just one comparison shy of No. 4 St. Lawrence. Only four teams make the women's NCAA tournament.

Senior forward Karen Rickard had two goals and one assist to lead the Badgers (21-5-3 overall, 15-5-1 WCHA) and senior forward Meghan Hunter had a goal and two assists. Four of Wisconsin's five goals came in the first period while the fifth goal came late in the second period. Ohio State's lone goal came from senior forward Heather Farrell at 14:07 in the third period.

Sophomore goalie Meghan Horras had 25 saves while OSU junior Melissa Glaser had 11 saves and freshman Erika Vanderveer had 10.

Wisconsin will continue its fight for first in the WCHA Saturday evening when it faces Ohio State (14-12-3, 10-11-2) in Columbus.

Score by period

123Final
Wisconsin41 0 5
Ohio State00 1 1

Shots on goal by period

123Final
Wisconsin156 5 26
Ohio State68 12 26

Scoring Summary

First period

UW 1 - Carla MacLeod (5) unassisted at 1:57

UW 2 - Nicole Uliasz (3) from Karen Rickard (8) and Jackie Friesen (8) at 3:10

UW 3 - Rickard (12) from Friesen (9) and Meghan Hunter (12) at 8:06

UW 4 - Rickard (13) from Hunter (13) at 10:49

Second period

UW 5 - Hunter (10) from Uliasz (7) at 15:47

Third period

OSU 1 - Heather Farrell (6) from Jeni Creary (10) at 14:17

Goaltending

UW - Meghan Horras (60:00) - 25 saves, 1 goal allowed

OSU - Melissa Glaser (20:00) - 11, 4

OSU - Erika Vanderveer (40:00) - 10, 1


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