In what was by far the lowest-scoring game the Badgers have appeared in this year, the Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Bemidji State 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. It was sophomore goaltender Christine Dufour's second shutout of the year.
"She played well," head coach Mark Johnson said of Dufour, who had 22 saves. "They had a couple of power plays, especially in the third period, pucks got through, and she made some nice pad saves."
After getting off to a quicker pace than that of Saturday's series opener, it took less than two minutes for Wisconsin (4-0-0 overall, 2-0-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) to score the game-winning goal. Sophomore forward Sharon Cole took a pass from linemate sophomore Lindsay Macy and slid it past Bemidji State freshman goaltender Emily Brookshaw for the score.
Bemidji State (1-3-0, 0-2-0), which had used Brookshaw for three minutes at the end of Saturday's game, chose to play her all day Sunday. She gave up four goals and collected 38 saves, including several in impressive fashion.
"I think she played pretty well," senior forward Jackie Friesen said of Brookshaw. "She's a butterfly goalie so she went down a lot. We probably could have gotten more goals on her if we would have shot higher in the net but she always went down so we just had to put the puck up higher. But I thought she played pretty well considering the shots."
Friesen scored her first goal of the season midway through the first period and collected an assist on senior defenseman Carla MacLeod's third-period goal.
"(It felt) really good, actually." Friesen said on her goal. "It took me three games so it kind of takes the weight off your chest when you get that first one. It was pretty exciting."
MacLeod's goal, which she scored 6:24 into the third period from just inside the blue line on a power play, was also her first of the season . She missed Wisconsin's first two games to participate in Canada's Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 6-10. The festival serves was an opportunity for Team Canada to scout players for the 2005 World Cup and 2006 Olympic Games.
"Carla's just a good player, she's the captain," Johnson said. "The best thing about her is she understands how to play and really, her hockey sense is very, very high. When's she's on the ice, usually things are in control pretty good."
Junior forward Grace Hutchins scored for Wisconsin in the second period, giving the Badgers a 3-0 lead. Newcomers freshman forward Jinelle Zaugg and sophomore forward and transfer student Vicki Davis collected assists on the goal.
"Everybody got a chance to play again this weekend so kids are feeling good about themselves," Johnson said.
Wisconsin has scored 31 goals in four games this season.
Bemidji State brings familiar face
Wisconsin saw one of its own on the opposite bench over the weekend. Former Badger defenseman Sis Paulsen, who exhausted her eligibility in 2003, is in her first season as an assistant coach at Bemidji State, working alongside head coach Bruce Olson. Paulson served as a student assistant at Wisconsin in 2003-04.
"I'm happy for Sis. I'm glad Bruce is giving her an opportunity to coach," Johnson said. "She did a great job for us last year when she worked under our program here. It's nice at the age she's at, that she's getting a chance to coach at the Division I level."
"It was strange having her (coach against us)," said Friesen, who was a sophomore when Paulsen was a senior. "She's wearing green so any time she's not wearing red, it's kind of, I guess, different. But we're all happy for her, that she can get a job in the industry and that she's coaching. She's a great coach so you could tell she knew a little bit of what we were going to be doing."
Wisconsin sweeps Bemidji State
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