New Hampshire Falls To Wisconsin, 5-0

Sophomore goaltender Ashley Wilkes made 44 saves for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 3:28  WIS1-0 PP GW Sydney McKibbon (8)Jenny Ryan/11, Emily Clark/9
1st 5:50  WIS2-0 EV Mikayla Johnson (2)Erika Sowchuk/3, Molly Doner/1
3rd 1:01  WIS3-0 EV Annie Pankowski (8)Mellissa Channell/10, Jenny Ryan/12
3rd 12:34  WIS4-0 EV Sydney McKibbon (9)Sarah Nurse/7, Maddie Rolfes/5
3rd 17:20  WIS5-0 EV Annie Pankowski (9)Mellissa Channell/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Wisconsin  2035
New Hampshire  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Wisconsin  19131749
New Hampshire  46616
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Wisconsin (15-2-1)  1/5 5/10 0
New Hampshire (3-13-1)  0/4 6/12 0
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 12-2-1)59:560 46616
Empty Net0:040     
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ashley Wilkes (L, 1-2-0)60:005 17131444

DURHAM, N.H. - a career-high 44 saves but the third-ranked University of Wisconsin women's ice hockey team skated to a 5-0 victory Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.

UNH is now 3-13-1 on the season. Wisconsin extended its win streak to seven, including the last five by shutout, and unbeaten streak to 10 (9-0-1) to improve to 15-2-1.

Wilkes tallied double-digit saves all three periods. She was credited with a personal single-period high of 17 in the first period followed by 13 in the second and 14 in the third.

Ann-Renee Desbiens made 16 saves to record her fifth consecutive shutout and sixth of the season. Annie Pankowski and Sydney McKibbon scored two goals apiece, and both Mellissa Channell and Jenny Ryan had two assists.

The Badgers netted a pair of quick goals to quickly take a 2-0 lead. McKibbon scored a power-play goal at 3:28 when she tipped in Ryan's blast from the high slot. Emily Clark, with the pass from the left point to Ryan, was also credited with an assist.

Mikayla Johnson struck 2:22 later to extend the advantage to two goals. In a five-person battle for possession on the right half-boards, Molly Doner tipped the puck free from the scrum to Johnson in the corner, who quickly snapped a pass to Erika Sowchuk in the circle. Sowchuk sent a return pass to Johnson, who deposited a shot into the upper-right corner at 5:50.

UNH generated its best scoring chance of the opening stanza with three minutes on the clock when Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) was denied on a backhanded wraparound at the right post and Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) sent her shot off the rebound wide left of the cage.

Wisconsin took a 2-0 lead and 19-4 shot advantage into the first intermission.

The Wildcats generated a 2-on-1 rush in the opening minute of the second period, Armstrong, who had Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) as an option in the slot, carried the puck into the left circle and fired a shot that Desbiens smothered.

In the fifth minute, Nicoline Jensen (Rodovre, Denmark) stole the puck just outside the Wildcats' attacking blue line and skated down the slot before snapping a wrister that Desbiens sticked aside.

Wilkes stopped all 13 shots she faced in the middle stanza to keep the 'Cats within 2-0 through 40 minutes despite the visitor's 32-10 shot advantage.

The Badgers scored just 61 seconds into the third period to build a 3-0 lead. Channell's long outlet pass from her defensive end through the neutral zone sent Pankowski alone down the slot. She shifted to her left and lifted a backhander over Wilkes into the net. Ryan was credited with a secondary assist.

In the ninth minute, UNH had another 2-on-1 rush. Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) carried the puck into the left circle and slipped a pass through the sliding defender to Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta), whose one-time back toward the left post was kicked away by Desbiens' right leg pad.

Both teams had a player sent to the penalty box at 12:04 and Wisconsin scored 30 seconds later to take a 4-0 lead. Courtney Burke led a rush down the left wing and circled behind the net to the right corner before sending a diagonal pass back to Maddie Rolfes at the left point. Rolfes centered the puck to the high slot, where Sarah Nurse's slap shot was deflected in by McKibbon.

Pankowski potted her second of the game to cap the scoring at 17:29. She gained possession of the puck on the left boards and circled to the blue line, where she made a backhanded drop pass for Channell, whose shot from the left point was stopped by Wilkes. Pankowski corralled the rebound, however, and quickly lifted a shot into the upper-right corner.

Wisconsin tallied a 17-6 shot advantage in the final frame and completed the game 1-for-5 on the power play. UNH did not score on four power play opportunities.

New Hampshire returns to action and concludes the 2014 calendar year Dec. 5 at Providence College. Game time at Schneider Arena is 7 p.m.