It was the Badgers' first game since Dec. 11. Wisconsin (14-4-1 overall) is now riding a four-game unbeaten streak. Quinnipiac fell to 3-14-1.
The Badgers knocked the rust off early, with sophomore center Sara Bauer finding the net at 9:01 in the first period. Bauer then set up linemate junior Sharon Cole for a power play tally with 1:22 left in the first period.
Junior forward Cyndy Kenyon gave Wisconsin a 3-0 lead just 1:50 into the second period, her first of two goals Friday. Kenyon set up freshman forward Jinelle Zaugg's tally only 15 second later to give the Badgers a commanding 4-0 edge.
Sophomore netminder Christine Dufour made 12 saves for her fourth shutout of the year. It was a homecoming of sorts for Dufour, who called the Northford Ice Pavilion in Northford, Conn., home for the year she played for the Connecticut Polar Bears.