Emily Clark scored twice and Ann-Renee Desbiens’ posted her 14th shutout of the season to lead the second-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team to their 20th-consecutive home win on Sunday, topping St. Cloud State, 3-0, at LaBahn Arena.
Desbiens tied the school record for shutouts in a season, making 13 saves to earn her 24th win of the season for the Badgers (21-1-1, 20-1-1-1 WCHA).
The La Malbaie, Quebec, native now has 31 career shutouts to pass former UW netminder Alex Ribsby and former New Hampshire goaltender Melissa Bourdon for third on the NCAA all-time list.
Only Minnesota’s Noora Raty (43) and UW legend Jessie Vetter (39) have more career shutouts than Desbiens.
This season, Desbiens leads the nation with a .966 save percentage and a 0.62 goals-against average through her 26 games played. The Badgers lead the nation’s scoring defense, allowing only 0.57 goals per game as UW has blanked its opposition in 16 of its 28 games this year.
Junior Sarah Nurse scored the game-winning goal for Wisconsin, while Clark notched two third-period insurance goals against the Huskies (11-13-3, 7-12-3-3 WCHA).
Nurse leads the Badgers with 20 goals for the season.
The Badgers travel next to Ohio State this Friday and Saturday for a WCHA matchup.