MADISON--After crushing the Wayne State Warriors 8-1 in the opening game of the 2004-05 season, the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team did even more damage Saturday night in its 11-0 victory. The 11 points scored by the Badgers marks the most goals ever scored on the Kohl Center ice—men or women.
"We played really well, we passed the puck well, and we played as a team well," sophomore forward Lindsay Macy said. "It's a good couple of wins to get under our belt early in the season, we just have to keep that going."
The Badgers wasted no time racking up the points. Within the opening three-and-a-half minutes Wisconsin tallied its first goal off a wide open long shot that floated into the net from senior defender Molly Engstrom. Sophomore center Sara Bauer, who had a hat trick the night before, was credited on the assist. Next, junior center Nikki Burish recovered a missed attempt from sophomore right wing Heidi Kletzien and tapped in a close shot to put the score at 2-0.
Macy tallied the final goal of the period and going into the break the Badgers held Wayne State to only five shots on goal.
Things did not change much during the second period. The Badgers kept up the quick tempo and registered a goal 47 seconds into the period from Burish, who used her hustle to tally her second goal of the night. She failed to connect on a long shot but, junior left wing Grace Hutchins was there to attempt a tip. After Hutchins also missed her shot, it was Burish on the rebound for the fourth goal.
The Badgers went on to score four more goals, two of which came from Macy, giving the team an 8-0 advantage and Macy her second career hat trick before heading into the third period. Again, Wisconsin dominated the puck and only allowed the Warriors four more shots on goal.
Wayne State had no chance of getting back into the game in the final period and the Badgers made sure of that with three final goals. Sophomore forward Phoebe Monteleon scored back-to-back goals while junior forward Cyndy Kenyon recorded the final score of the night with a little help. After Hutchins worked the puck around the outside of the goal, she gave a quick pass to sophomore forward Vicki Davis who then tipped it to Kenyon for the easy point. Wisconsin did not give Wayne State much of a chance in the final minutes and again held its opponent to four shots on goal.
Though it was only the first series of the season, Wisconsin justified its No. 3 ranking. Even with contributions from almost every player, the Badgers will get an even bigger boost next weekend when team captain Carla MacLeod returns. The senior defender missed the weekend while trying out for Team Canada for the Four Nations Cup.
With the first weekend marked off the schedule, the Badgers will now look to their Kohl Center match-up against Bemidji State at 2:05 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday. Bemidji State is coming off a 2-1 victory over Mercyherst on Saturday and the team is coached by a Wisconsin women's hockey alum, Sis Paulsen.
"We have an alumni coaching and hopefully we can not make her look like a superb coach next weekend," Macy joked.
Though the Badgers put up an impressive performance during the weekend, Johnson acknowledged that there is room for improvement, especially early in the season.
"There's little things that you have to work on but the big thing is everyone got a chance and an opportunity to play (this weekend)," head coach Mark Johnson said. "We showed a lot of good things but it's only a start. It's only two games out of 34 so we don't get comfortable in this business, we keep working hard and we'll try to make some strides this week in some areas that we need to work on and then hopefully next week when we come out we'll play even better than we did this weekend."
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