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
Shots on goal by 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
UW 5 - Hunter (10) from Uliasz (7) at 15:47
OSU 1 - Heather Farrell (6) from Jeni Creary (10) at 14:17
UW - Meghan Horras (60:00) - 25 saves, 1 goal allowed
OSU - Melissa Glaser (20:00) - 11, 4
OSU - Erika Vanderveer (40:00) - 10, 1