No. 1 Badgers bounce back with win to split series

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After being shut out for only the second time this year, the top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team bounced back with a five-goal effort en route to a 5-2 win against No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.

Freshman Britta Curl led the way for Wisconsin (20-2-0, 10-2-0-0 WCHA) with a pair of goals while Sophie Shirley, Annie Pankowski and Sophia Shaver also scored for UW to help them split their series with Ohio State (15-7-0, 9-5-0-0 WCHA).

It only took 52 seconds for UW to light the lamp as Britta Curl scored her 11th of the year off feeds from Abby Roque and Sophie Shirley to give UW a 1-0 lead.

After OSU’s Emma Maltais scored a goal on a Badger delayed penalty, Shirley added her 12th of the year on a Badger power play to give UW a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

UW dominated action in the second period, outshooting OSU 17-1 as both teams scored power-play goals in the period.

Annie Pankowski scored her team-leading 15th goal of the year to give UW a 3-1 advantage before OSU added its own power-play tally with 26.2 seconds left in the period.

UW tacked on a pair of goals in the third period as Curl and Shirley capitalized on an OSU miscue to give the Cardinal and White a 4-2 lead.

Minutes later, Shaver scored on a rush to put the game out of reach of the Buckeyes. It marked the senior co-captain’s fifth goal of the year.

UW continues its tough stretch with a road series at No. 2 Minnesota at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Puck drop on Friday, Jan. 18 is set for 7 p.m. while the series wraps up on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m.

— UW-Madison Athletic Communications

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