In what ended up as a 2nd straight playoff rout, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s aim scoring lead went back again and forth.
By the conclude of the working day, Annie Pankowski stood by yourself, stood with Badgers greats and stood at the brink of a important milestone.
Pankowski sealed her 1st hat trick of the season Saturday as the 2nd-ranked Badgers created quick function of St. Cloud Point out with an 8- victory at LaBahn Arena to sweep a Western Collegiate Hockey Affiliation quarterfinal collection.
The senior, a finalist for each the Patty Kazmaier and Hockey Humanitarian awards, has 21 objectives even though freshman Britta Curl defeat her to 20 with her 2nd straight two-aim video game versus the Huskies.
Pankowski is the third Badgers participant to rating 20 objectives in every of her four seasons, signing up for three-time Olympians Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan.
“That is a awesome club to be a section of,” Pankowski said. “They’ve had amazing occupations, and they are all in excess of the partitions in this article, so it truly is a very awesome accomplishment.”
Pankowski’s three objectives still left her with 199 factors in 148 game titles for her collegiate career. With yet another issue, she’ll develop into the sixth Badgers participant to reach 200, signing up for Knight, Brianna Decker, Duggan, Sara Bauer and Brooke Ammerman.
Pankowski scored in every interval to deliver the Badgers to a WCHA Frozen Faceoff semifinal day with No. 10 Ohio Point out next Saturday in Minneapolis.
She gave the Badgers the lead 3:40 into the video game and created it 5- with 2:24 still left in the 2nd interval.
Hats rained down on the LaBahn Arena ice immediately after she redirected a Natalie Buchbinder shot previous goaltender Emma Polusny (49 saves) 1:09 into the third interval.
With her sixth hat trick, Pankowski took in excess of fourth on UW’s all-time list.
“At this time of the season, you want selected men and women to elevate their video game and make contributions,” Badgers coach Mark Johnson said. “Definitely, her perform this weekend suggests that she’s taken that duty.”
Curl grew to become the eighth freshman in 20 seasons of the school’s software to rating 20 objectives when she gave the Badgers (30-4-2) a 4- lead in excess of the Huskies (10-25-2) with her 2nd aim of the 1st interval and fourth of the collection.
“I feel this is probably the best that I’ve been enjoying all season,” Curl said. “I am feeling fantastic, and I am feeling actually self-assured in my teammates, also, so that helps a lot.”
UW outshot St. Cloud Point out 21-2 in the 1st interval, putting items away early. Caitlin Schneider extra to the objectives by Curl and Pankowski in the opening 20 minutes.
“I could not have penned it up any far better,” Johnson said.
Kristen Campbell (13 saves in two periods) and Nikki Cece (four saves in the third interval) put together on the shutout.