No. 1 Minnesota sweeps Ohio State; off to second-best start in team history
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sophomore Milica McMillen recorded a career-high four points to lead No. 1 Minnesota to a 5-1 win and a series sweep against Ohio State at OSU Ice Rink on Sunday afternoon.
McMillen's four points included two goals and two assists. Senior Sarah Davis added two goals, including a short-handed tally, and fellow senior Baylee Gillanders capped the scoring with her third goal of the season.
"It was a hard-fought win here [Sunday]," head coach Brad Frost said. "It was great to see our players come out and play so well after a good game [Saturday]. I'm proud of the way our kids battled and competed all day in the midst of some pretty tough circumstances."
In a physical game, the Gophers were called for a season-high 11 penalties (22 minutes). Ohio State (5-11-2, 2-10-2-0 WCHA) took nine penalties for 29 minutes, including a five-minute major and a game disqualification for Cara Zubko for checking from behind. Both teams finished 1-for-7 on the power-play.
With the win, Minnesota closes out the first half of the season with a 19-1-0 overall mark (13-1-0 WCHA), the second-best first-half record in Gopher history.
"The team played great, and finishing off the first half 19-1 is just fantastic," Frost said. "Overall, a great day, a great weekend and a great first half."
No. 2 Wisconsin 5, Bemidji State 0
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin concluded the first half of its season on a high note on Sunday with a 5-0 conference victory against Bemidji State at LaBahn Arena, extending the team’s unbeaten streak to 14 games.
Five different Badgers scored in the balanced offensive attack, with sophomore Molly Doner scoring her first goal of the season and senior Madison Packer recording her fourth goal of the series following a hat trick in Friday’s game. Freshman Sarah Nurse, sophomore Kaitlyn Harding and junior Blayre Turnbull each added a goal in the win.
“It was good. We got a lot of people involved and everybody seemed to make some kind of contribution,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “When you get that contribution from different people at different times, it becomes much more difficult to play against when other groups of the teams have that going on. But it was good, everybody has to feel good about their effort today. Everybody got to play and everybody worked up a good sweat, so it was real nice.”
Freshman goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens guarded the net for Wisconsin, making 19 saves to earn her second career shutout. Desbiens improved her season record to 6-0-0 after picking up wins in both games this weekend.