Junior forward Nikki Burish notched two goals and an assist as the Wisconsin women's hockey team embarrassed North Dakota Friday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers (17-5-1 overall, 11-5-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) skated to an impressive 8-0 shutout of the Fighting Sioux (7-15-3, 4-14-1), with 11 different players recording points.
Senior forward Amy Vermeulen kicked off the scoring barrage with the game-winning goal at 8:48 in the first period and later added an assist. Freshman defender Emily Morris added the first of many insurance goals at 12:47 in the first period.
Junior forward Cyndy Kenyon scored the only power-play goal of the night 1:10 into the second period, paving the way for Burish's back-to-back goals in the second period. Sophomore forward Vicki Davis scored her first goal of the season at 15:45 into the second; to date, all 18 Badger skaters have scored at least one goal this season.
Wisconsin junior netminder Meghan Horras needed to make only eight saves in the shutout, to the credit of Wisconsin's defense. The shutout was Horras' sixth of the season, a tally matched only by Minnesota's Jody Horak. As a team the Badgers now have 10 shutouts – sophomore Christine Dufour has the other four.
UND goalie Margaret-Ann Hinkley, meanwhile, had 22 saves and six goals against Friday night before sophomore Jenna Burdy replaced her. Burdy had nine saves and two goals in 23 minutes.
Badgers defeat Northern Illinois in opener
The Wisconsin men's tennis team (1-0 overall) opened its dual season with a 5-2 trouncing of Northern Illinois (0-2) Friday night at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
After picking up the doubles point by sweeping the Huskies, the Badgers went 4-2 in singles competition. All three freshmen – Felipe Bellido, Elliot Bisnow and Brian Ko – won their matches. Junior Jordan Raemisch defeated UNI freshman Alex Friesen 6-3 and 7-5 to secure the win.
"I think that the freshmen did a great job tonight," UW head coach Pat Klingelhoets said. "Elliott is a guy who is always ready to play and Felipe and Brian are they same way. I think they did an excellent job and we are really happy."