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Balanced Badgers tame Lady Lions 5-1

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MADISON -- A balanced offensive effort resulted in two Badgers scoring their first collegiate goals in the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team's 5-1 victory over Lindenwood at LaBahn Arena Friday night.
 
Coming off a series sweep at home against St. Cloud State last weekend, the Badgers (5-2-0, 4-2-0 WCHA) put the Lady Lions (0-8-1, 0-0-0 CHA) on the defensive from the initial puck drop. Wisconsin outshot Lindenwood 53-17, and each of the Badgers' five goals was scored by a different player.
 
For freshman Mellissa Channell and redshirt freshman Mikayla Johnson, head coach Mark Johnson's daughter, the goals were the first of their college careers.
 
"It was pretty exciting as you could see from everybody on the bench," Mikayla Johnson said. "They went crazy. My dad gave me a pretty nice grin. I don't think he needed to do anything, but he gave me a nice little grin, which pretty much got me going. It was nice."
 
"I'm certainly happy for Mikayla," Mark Johnson said. "I'm sure she's quite excited. It was a big goal for us."
 
Junior Karley Sylvester was the first to score in what turned out to be an eventful first stanza. During a UW power play six and a half minutes in, Sylvester snuck a rebound shot past Lindenwood goaltender Nicole Hensley, resulting in her second power play goal and the team's eighth of the season.
 
But Lindenwood's Lyndsay Kirkham answered, flicking the puck past senior goaltender Alex Rigsby to tie the score with three minutes left in the first period. Less than 30 seconds later, Sylvester connected with senior Madison Packer for the answer, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
 
Wisconsin created a comfortable lead in the second frame, scoring two goals and outshooting the Lady Lions 22-5. Ammerman started the offensive flurry, sending a hard wrister from 20 feet out during Wisconsin's second power play that landed in the back of the net under five minutes into the period.
 
In the heart of the period, sophomore Rachel Jones broke down the right lane and found Johnson near Lindenwood's crease, who poked the puck past Hensley to record her first collegiate goal. The goals awarded the Badgers a 4-1 lead entering the final stanza.
 
The final goal came from Channell, who soared a slap shot from 15 feet inside the blue line over Hensley's shoulder at the beginning of the third period to tally her first collegiate goal.
 
"We continued to build on what we did last weekend," Mark Johnson said. "For the most part, I thought we did a pretty nice job tonight. It would be nice if we could come out tomorrow and start the game like we finished tonight's."
 
Rigsby finished the game with 16 saves, while Hensley stopped 46 shots for Lindenwood.
 
The Badgers conclude their series against the Lady Lions at LaBahn Arena Saturday at 2 p.m.

 

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