March 14, 2009

 

Courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics

MADISON, Wis. - The Badgers’ spring break will include a trip to Boston.

Wisconsin women’s hockey team shut out Dartmouth 7-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center to secure a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

Senior forward Angie Keseley led the Badger attack with a hat trick and two assists while sophomore winger Hilary Knight notched two goals and four assists. Senior goalie Jessie Vetter recorded her 13th shutout of the season for an NCAA season record.

Wisconsin will open the NCAA Frozen Four against Minnesota Duluth in the semifinal game on March 20.

Scoring two goals in the first period, Wisconsin came onto the ice ready to play. Just four minutes into the game, Keseley took advantage on the power play, firing a shot past Dartmouth goaltender Carli Clemis from the near-side corner of the crease. Kesley’s shot ricocheted off Clemis’ blocker and into the back of the net. Erika Lawler and Hilary Knight notched the assists on the goal.

The Badgers’ second goal came 11:25 into the first when Lawler redirected a slap shot from Knight at the far-side corner of the crease.

In the first period, the Badgers went 1-for-2 on the power play and killed two penalties. Badger goalie Jessie Vetter saved 10 Dartmouth attempts while Clemis saved nine Wisconsin shots.

Wisconsin excelled on both ends of the ice in the second period. Scoring the Badgers’ third goal, Knight zipped a powerful slap shot past Clemis 9:36 into the period. Scoring from the point, Knight was assisted by Keseley and Anne Dronen.

Knight continued the Badger scoring on a Dartmouth power play. Taking control of the puck in UW’s defensive zone, Knight skated the puck down the sheet, pulled some quick stick-handling moves and snuck it by Clemis at the near-corner crease. Putting the Badgers up 4-0, the short-handed goal was unassisted.

Keseley scored her second goal, and the Badgers’ fifth of the afternoon, four minutes later on the power play. Meghan Duggan and Knight assisted Keseley’s goal from the far circle.

Defensively, the Badgers stopped a couple close calls. Eight minutes into the period, Vetter saved a slap shot attempt by Darthmouth’s Marley McMillan reaching up to catch the shot before it went into the high corner of the net. About ten minutes later Alycia Matthews stopped a Dartmouth 2-on-1 poke-checking the puck away at the last second.

On the period, Vetter saved nine Big Green shots while Clemis saved eight Wisconsin attempts. The Badgers went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Big Green went 0-for-2.

Capitalizing off a Knight rebound, Keseley secured her first hat trick of the season, and second of her career, scoring from the near-corner of the crease with four minutes left in the game. Lawler notched the secondary assist on the Badgers’ sixth goal of the game. With just one minute left in the game, Brooke Ammerman put in the Badgers final goal from the top of the crease to seal the Badgers’ 7-0 victory.

Overall, Vetter made 32 saves and Clemis made 21. Wisconsin scored two power-play goals on five opportunities while the Big Green, who was ranked second in the nation on the power play, went scoreless on their five opportunities.

Vetter’s increased her NCAA career shutout record to 38, while Knight notched a career-high six-point game. Keseley matched her career-high with five points.

In other NCAA action, Minnesota Duluth overtook No. 4 New Hampshire 4-1 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. Next weekend the Badgers will play Minnesota Duluth in the semifinals at the Agganis Arena at 5 or 8 p.m. in Boston on March 20.