No. 1 Badgers headed back to WCHA Final Face-Off

UW beats MSU, 6-0
No. 1 Badgers headed back to WCHA Final Face-Off
Badgers women's hockey game vs. Lindenwood canceled 

Thanks to senior Sarah Nurse’s third career hat trick and multi-point efforts from junior linemates Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski, the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team blitzed Minnesota State, 6-0, on Saturday at LaBahn Arena

Nurse, Clark and Pankowski combined for 13 points for the Badgers (29-2-4) to complete the sweep of Minnesota State (7-26-4) to advance to the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off. As the top seed, the Badgers will face the lowest-remaining seed in the four-team tournament next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Senior Ann-Renee Desbiens made 16 saves to improve to 25-1-4 in net for Wisconsin this year, earning her 15th shutout along the way. She leads the NCAA in wins (25), save percentage (.963), goals-against average (0.69) and shutouts (15).

UW will know its opponent for next Saturday’s WCHA Final Face-Off semifinal Sunday afternoon following first-round games between North Dakota and Ohio State and Bemidji State and Minnesota.