A dominant first period by the top-ranked Badgers demonstrated they were listening to coach Mark Johnson all week.
UW routed No. 4 Ohio State 7-0 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at LaBahn Arena, outshooting the Buckeyes 20-1 in the first period and 42-12 for the game.
Johnson said he stressed the importance of a good start, and it materialized with goals by senior Baylee Wellhausen, sophomore Presley Norby and sophomore Abby Roque.
“There was a lot of excitement before this game, especially hearing it was going to be a sold-out crowd,” said Wellhausen, who extended a goal-scoring streak to three games. “We were just all super pumped, and we knew this was going to be our biggest challenge. So we came out there fast and just excited to play hockey, and I think that’s what gave us that quick start.”
Sophomore Alexis Mauermann of Janesville twice in the third for the Badgers (13-0, 7-0 WCHA), who also got goals from sophomore Maddie Rowe and junior Sam Cogan.
Sophomore Kristen Campbell made 14 saves for her fourth shutout. WCHA preseason player of the year Kassidy Sauve (35 saves) allowed more than six goals for the first time in her 65-game collegiate career for the Buckeyes (7-1-1, 5-1-1).
Ohio State 0 0 0 — 0
Wisconsin 3 0 4 — 7
First period: W — Wellhausen 3 (Roque), 3:27; Norby 5 (Shaver), 6:57; Roque 5 (Steffen, Bowlby), 11:26 (pp).
Third period: W — Mauermann 4, 1:31; Rowe 3 (Drake), 3:28; Cogan 3 (Rolfes, Gardner), 11:57 (pp); Mauermann 5 (Cogan, Schneider), 15:44.
Saves: OS (Sauve 17-13-5) 35; W (Campbell 1-6-7) 14. Power plays: OS 0-for-0; W 2-for-5. Att. — 2,273.