Nov. 29, 2009

Courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Wisconsin women's hockey team (9-5-2, 6-4-0 WCHA) closed out its non-conference schedule Saturday night with a 4-1 win over Providence College. The Badgers, who out-shot the Friars 40-10, scored three unanswered goals in the final three minutes of regulation to come away with the victory.

Wisconsin owned the first period, out-shooting the Friars 16-0 in the frame. UW got the first tally when Brianna Decker picked the puck up at the blue line and drove towards the net, sniping it top shelf from the far side. Decker's fourth goal of the season was assisted by juniors Kelly Nash and Anne Dronen.

In the second frame Providence scored its first goal of the game after only five attempts on net. Wisconsin killed off a 5-on-3 Providence advantage that lasted 1:12 only allowing two shots on goal early in the period. However, at the 17:17 mark, Laura Veharanta tied it up with a hard shot that UW's Alannah McCready grabbed initially but fell out of her glove and bounced into the net.

After picking up 11 shots on goal in the second frame, the Badgers couldn't find the back of the net and went to the locker room with the game set at a 1-1 tie.

After a frustrating 41 scoreless minutes for UW, Wisconsin opened the flood gates with three consecutive goals late in the third period. Mallory Deluce broke the scoring drought at the 17:01 mark of the third period. From the side boards Sanders slipped the puck to Deluce who skated it up to the crease and stuffed it past the left side of PC's Genevieve Lacasse. Jasmine Giles was also credited with the assist.

Less than 30 seconds later, Decker scored her second goal of the night after sophomore Brooke Ammerman intercepted the puck from the slot and passed it to Decker who backhanded it in from the crease.

Deluce would finish the scoring for UW with an empty net goal in the final minute of play.

Wisconsin finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play, however, UW did not allow a power play goal either as Providence finished 0-for-6. McCready finished the game with nine saves.

The Badgers head back to the Kohl Center for a two-game series against WCHA foe Minnesota Duluth. The Badgers will face the Bulldogs on Dec. 4 and 6, with both games starting at 2 p.m.