The Mavericks (3-10-5, 3-8-3) took nine penalties—accumulating 29 penalty minutes—and paid a hefty price as Macleod and junior forward Cyndy Kenyon netted power-play goals, Wisconsin's second and fourth marks of the game.
Wisconsin converted on 2 of 6 power-play chances, but it was Macleod's short-handed goal at 13:21 in the second period that buried Minnesota State. The senior defenseman's second goal of the game and third of the season gave the Badgers a 3-1 lead, eight minutes, 22 seconds after Maverick junior defenseman Amber Sharratt had drawn the Minnesota State within a goal.
The Badgers out-shot Minnesota State 41-15, forcing Maverick sophomore netminder Laura Brennan to make 37 saves. Wisconsin sophomore goalie Christine Dufour tallied 14 stops, improving to 6-2-0 this season.
UW sophomore forward Heidi Kletzien opened the scoring at 9:25 in the first period and Macleod gave the Badgers a 2-0 lead with one minute, 10 seconds left in the opening session. Kenyon's man-advantage goal, her sixth goal of the season, came at 8:01 in the third period.
Grapplers sweep to 5-0 start
The Wisconsin wrestling team won a pair of dual matches Saturday to open its season 5-0 for the second time in the past three years. The No. 15 Badgers topped No. 25 UT-Chattanooga 23-12, then beat Kent State 29-12 in competition in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Juniors Kelly Flaherty (174), Ryan Flaherty (197) and Tom Clum (133) each registered a pin and a win by decision. Sophomore Tyler Turner (157) also enjoyed a 2-0 day, with wins via a decision and a major decision.