Wisconsin proved why it's perhaps the best team in the country Saturday, blanking Minnesota Duluth 3-0 to complete a sweep of a WCHA women's series at Amsoil Arena.
UMD goaltender Maddie Rooney stopped 49 shots, including 19 in each of a scoreless first period and a one-goal third period.
However, it was Kristen Campbell who earned the 24-save shutout to keep the second-ranked Badgers (28-4 overall, 18-4 WCHA) atop the conference standings with one week remaining in the regular season.
Alexis Mauermann, Emily Clark and Sam Cogan scored Wisconsin's goals.
The Bulldogs (13-15-2, 9-11-2-2) slipped to fifth in the league after Bemidji State beat St. Cloud State in overtime to crawl one point ahead of UMD in the battle for the final first-round home-ice berth. UMD closes at Minnesota State-Mankato next weekend.
WCHA commissioner Katie Million has been named director of women’s national team programs for USA Hockey, it was announced Saturday. Million joined the WCHA in 2016 and has been a primary interface with a wide variety of constituent groups, from USA Hockey, the NHL and NCAA, to the American Hockey Coaches Association, College Hockey Inc., the Ice Hockey Commissioner’s Association and multiple NCAA committees.
Minn. Duluth 0-0-0-0
First period - No scoring.
Second period - 1. Alexis Mauermann 9 (Presley Norby, Natalie Buchbinder), 2:06; 2. Emily Clark 12 (Britta Curl, Annie Pankowski), 14:47.
Third period - 3. Sam Cogan 6 (Mikaela Gardner, Maddie Rolfes), 0:22.
Saves - Kristen Campbell, W, 10-9-5-24; Maddie Rooney, UMD, 19-11-19-49.
St. Scholastica 2, Lake Forest 0
Taylor Thompson scored goals in the second and third periods and Lexi Thomeczek stopped 40 shots to earn her second consecutive shutout as the Saints closed the NCHA regular season with a sweep over the Foresters at Mars Lakeview Arena.
The win, St. Scholastica's eighth straight, kept the Saints (18-6-1, 15-3 NCHA) in second place in the conference and sewed up a No. 2 seed in next weekend's playoffs.
Thompson netted her 11th and 12th goals of the season and were the only shots that Jacque Rogers didn't stop for third-place Lake Forest (14-6-5, 11-3-4).