MANKATO, Minn. (PRESS RELEASE) – For only the second time this season, the sixth-ranked Badgers earned a series sweep after burying Minnesota State, 6-2, Saturday at the All Seasons Arena. The win helped UW keep its streak alive, as the Badgers close out 2009 on a six-game unbeaten streak and maintain its unbeaten streak against MSU in over 40 meetings.
Although the Mavericks had outshot the Badgers 7-6 in the first period, it was UW who found the back of the net at the 13:49 mark of the first period. Wisconsin freshman Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) put UW on the board with her third goal of the season.
Frykas scooped the puck from behind the net, intercepting an MSU pass and carried it around to the far faceoff circle where she fired a wrist shot, beating MSU's Alli Altmann glove side.
The second period saw a lot of action, with four goals in the frame. The Badgers tallied three but gave up one to the Mavericks.
Frykas scored her second goal of the game just 1:26 into the frame when Alev Kelter (Eagle River, Al.) fed the puck to the near faceoff circle to put it away. Kelly Nash (Bonita, Calif.) was also credited with an assist.
Less than two minutes later, Wisconsin's Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ontatio) would find the back of the net at the 3:02 mark. Prevost sent the puck to freshman Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) who skated into the net for the shot, Prevost controlled the follow-up and jammed in the rebound.
Wisconsin then picked up its first of three power-play goals at 10:35 when Nash stuffed it in from the crease with freshman Stefanie McKeough (Carlsbad Springs, Ontario)and Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) setting up the goal.
Minnesota State answered with its first goal of the series at the 12:28 mark when Christina Lee put it over Alannah McCready's left shoulder after a deflected shot bounced high.
The Badgers would see two power-play goals in the third period to mark only the second time this year the Badgers have scored six goals in a game. After coming up scoreless in a 5-on-3 opportunity last night, the Badgers would not disappoint, scoring on two 5-on-3 advantages just one minute apart.
Mallory Deluce (London, Ontario) stuffed in her ninth goal of the year at the 4:45 mark when Jasmine Giles (Ottawa, Ontario) fed it to her from behind the goal line. Saige Pacholok (Edmonton, Alberta) was also on the assist.
Geena Prough (Farmington, Mich.) would cap the Badger scoring with a slap-shot from the point at 5:46. A. Kelter recorded the final assist of the contest.
Minnesota State would score a power-play goal at the 7:34 left in the game, but the damage had already been done, as UW took the 6-2 victory.
The Badgers outshot the Mavericks 23-22 in the victory. McCready had 20 saves in the outing, improving her record to 7-1-0 this season. Altmann made 15 saves for the Mavericks before Paige Thunder came in to make two saves in the third period.
Wisconsin had its best outing of the season, scoring three power-play goals on six opportunities, with MSU finishing 1-for-6.
The Badgers will take a break before returning to the Kohl Center on Jan. 5 for an exhibition game against Team USA. The game is set for 7 p.m. as the Badgers welcome back Mark Johnson along with current and former Badgers.
Courtesy: UW Media Relations