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.