Wisconsin Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- A record-setting day from junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) helped No. 1 Wisconsin complete a season-sweep of No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday. Knight scored twice to become Wisconsin’s career goal-scoring leader as the Badgers topped the Buckeyes, 5-3, at the OSU Ice Rink.

Wisconsin (20-2-0, 14-2-0 WCHA) had a 4-3 lead with 56 seconds to play, but a faceoff in the UW zone allowed Ohio State (10-10-2, 4-10-2-2 WCHA) to pull goaltender Lisa Steffes to give the Buckeyes a 6-on-5 man advantage with an empty net at the other end of the ice.

The Badgers won the draw but couldn’t clear and Kelly Wild’s shot from the blue line rang off the far pipe. Wisconsin controlled the rebound and Knight quickly added an empty-net goal, her second tally of the game, to give the Badgers a cushion.

Knight scored her first goal of the game at the 6:01 mark of the first period. Off assists from freshman Kelly Jaminski (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) and sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Knight skated into the slot and sent a wrist shot past Steffes to give UW a 1-0 lead.

The goal marked the 90th of Knight’s career, surpassing the UW career record of 89 scores held by Jinelle Zaugg, who played at Wisconsin from 2004-08.

The goal also extended Knight’s scoring streak to six games, while Decker’s assist moved her to a career-best 13 games.

After a high-scoring second period, UW emerged holding a 3-2 lead. Ohio State tied the game up at 1-1 after Melissa Feste went high to beat freshman Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) 4:36 into the stanza, but Wisconsin answered back with a pair of goals less than two minutes apart.

With 7:41 left in the second period, freshman Madison Packer (Birmingham, Mich.) capped off a great individual effort to notch her fifth goal of the year and give UW a 2-1 lead. After keeping the puck in the Badgers’ zone, she eluded a pair of defenders. Packer then fired a shot that ricocheted off an OSU defender and into the net. The unassisted goal extended Packer’s career-best point streak to seven games.

Fellow freshman Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) then batted the puck out of the air following a scramble in front of the net to make it 3-1 with 5:51 remaining. For Ammerman, it was her 10th goal of the year, while senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and Decker added their 26th and 21st assists of the year, respectively.

Hokey Langan brought it back to a one-goal game as she put back a loose rebound to make it 3-2 with 2:34 left in the period. Shannon Reilly and Ally Tarr got assists on the OSU goal.

Ohio State tied the game up early in the third period as Feste scored her second goal of the game, but UW used a power play goal to take the lead back.

Duggan, who extended her career-best point streak to 18 games in the contest, scored just 23 seconds into an Ohio State penalty as she snuck a shot in from the left circle past Steffes. The goal with 12:09 to play was assisted by junior Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.), who lengthened her point-streak to seven games, and senior Geena Prough (Farmington, Mich.).

The Badgers were 1-for-4 with the man advantage, and the Buckeyes scored on their lone power play of the game. UW held a 47-30 shot advantage, and Rigsby finished with 27 saves. Steffes made 42 for Ohio State.

Wisconsin returns to action next weekend with a home series against St. Cloud State. Friday’s game is set for a 7 p.m. start, while Sunday’s contest begins at 2 p.m.