Record falls as Badger women win 5-0

The Badger women's hockey team just keeps rolling along. With the leadership and scoring of senior forward Sara Bauer, they look to be prime for another run at an WCHA title. Bauer had one goal and one assist in a 5-0 victory over Robert Morris.

PITTSBURGH- With her goal late in the first period, senior Sara Bauer broke the UW career point record as the Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Robert Morris 5-0 Saturday afternoon at the RMU Island Sports Center.

Bauer (St. Catharines, Ontario) collected a loose puck in the left circle and snapped a shot past RMU goalie Brianne McLaughlin at 15:17 of the opening period to record her 178th career point, breaking the UW career point record that had belonged to Meghan Hunter.

"It's a great thing to be a part of this program and be someone who contributed," Bauer said. "I wanted to get in there and contribute right away at Wisconsin. I don't think you ever want to be satisfied with what you've done, but we've done a lot of good things here."

Head coach Mark Johnson believes the record reflects Bauer's work ethic during all four of her years at Wisconsin.

"When Sara was a freshman, she was one of our top players and she wasn't complacent," Johnson said. "She continued to work hard and each year has gotten a little bit better.

"To see her become the all-time leading scorer is a great tribute to who she is and the way she's been able to play. This is another feather in her cap in regards to her four years here."

Bauer went on to add an assist in the third period, pushing her career total to 66 goals and 113 assists (179 points) in 128 career games. The assist moved Bauer into eighth place on the NCAA Division I career point scoring list, one point ahead of St. Lawrence's Rebecca Russell.

Bauer has 10 goals and 23 assists this season, making her the only player in the nation with over 30 points.

Senior Christine Dufour (Rivere-du-Loup, Quebec) made nine saves to earn her second consecutive shutout for the Badgers (16-1-1). Dufour is now tied for eighth place in NCAA Division I history with 13 career shutouts.

On the other end, McLaughlin stopped 27 shots for Robert Morris (5-9-2).

Freshman Kyla Sanders (Parrish, Fla.) opened the scoring at 12:48 of the first period. Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert, Alberta) fired a shot from the point and Sanders knocked in the rebound for her ninth goal of the season and third of the weekend and third game-winning goal of the season.

Bauer gave the Badgers a 2-0 lead at the 15:17 mark of the first period. Mikkelson and Sanders notched assists on the power-play goal.

After a scoreless second period, Wisconsin scored three times in four minutes in the third period.

Freshman Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) put UW up by three 11:39 into the third period. Junior Jinelle Zaugg (Eagle River, Wis.) and freshman Jasmine Giles (Ottawa, Ontario) added goals at 14:25 and 15:34, respectively to round out the 5-0 Badger win.

The Badgers finished the game 2-for-3 on the power play while Robert Morris was 0-for-4.

Bauer's first career point came on an assist against Vermont on Oct. 11, 2003 in her second career game. In her 126 games since then, Bauer has racked up 66 goals and 112 more assists to reach 179 career points.

Wisconsin returns to WCHA action when it travels St. Cloud State Dec. 8-9. Faceoff at the National Hockey Center is set for 2:07 p.m. both days.

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