5,377 fans attended the game which set a new NCAA women's hockey attendance record as well as a Kohl Center record. Today's support from the fans helped raised $5,377 for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Three local business donated $1 for every fan in attendance and Wisconsin presented a check to Second Harvest at the conclusion of the game.
As was the case in yesterday's game, Wisconsin (18-6-2, 13-4-2 WCHA) was able to get on the board early. The UW went up 1-0 at 4:25 into the first period when Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) took a shot just to the left of the St. Cloud (15-7-4, 10-7-3)net and Zaugg (Eagle River, Wis.) was there to put back the rebound giving the Badgers an early lead.
The Badgers extended their lead to 2-0 just a few minutes later. Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass) skated into the St. Cloud zone and gave the puck up for Malee Windmeier (Champlin, Minn.) who fired a shot on net. Hillary Knight (Hanover, N.H.) was there to tip the puck past St. Cloud goaltender Kendall Newell at 8:49 into the first.
Newell faced 33 shots while Wisconsin goaltender Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) was outstanding in net as she turned away all 18 shots she faced to record her eighth shutout of the season and 23 of her career.
Wisconsin added some insurance early in the third period as they were able to score two more goals. UW's third goal came at 3:13 in the final period when Alycia Matthews (Castlegar, British Columbia) sent a long pass up ice to freshman Mallory Deluce (London, Ontario). Deluce then slotted a pass to the left of the St. Cloud net where Zaugg was waiting to put it in for her second goal of the game. Zaugg now has 78 career goals and needs just 7 more to break the school record.
The last UW goal of the game came at 5:17 in the third period. Zaugg sent a beautiful pass from the left boards all the way across to Deluce who scored her 11th goal of the season. Duggan was also credited with an assist on the goal, giving her two on the afternoon.
Wisconsin finished the game 1-for-5 on the power play compared to St. Cloud who was 0-for-6.
The Badgers are at home again next weekend when they face off against North Dakota on Feb. 2-3 at the Kohl Center. Both games are slated to begin at 2 p.m.