Women's hockey: Badgers reign over Buckeyes

Hutchins, Zaugg notch two goals each in home victory

Junior forward Grace Hutchins and freshman forward Jinelle Zaugg registered two goals Friday night at the Kohl Center as the No. 4 Wisconsin women's hockey team dominated over Ohio State (14-13-2 overall, 11-13-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association), defeating the Buckeyes 6-3.

Hutchins picked up Wisconsin's first goal 5:01 into the game, with help from junior forward Nikki Burish and freshman defender Emily Morris, but Ohio State responded two minutes later when senior winger Jeni Creary tallied a power-play goal. But Wisconsin (21-7-1, 15-7-1) pulled ahead when Burish notched a power-play goal of her own at 13:23 in the first and 10 seconds later, built on that lead with a goal from Zaugg, the WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Zaugg picked up her second goal of the day at 1:47 and Hutchins picked up her first short-handed goal at 16:27, putting the Badgers up 5-1.

Ohio State whittled down some of that lead with two goals, one from freshman forward Jody Heywood at 17:06 in the second and the other just 0:34 into the third from freshman defender Lisa Chesson. Junior forward Sharon Cole built on Wisconsin's 5-3 lead with the final goal at 8:47 in the third.

In the net, Wisconsin junior Meghan Horras stopped 19 shots while giving up three goals, and sophomore Erika Vanderveer collected 25 saves.

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