In an unlikely sweep at the hands of the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, the Wisconsin Badgers also found themselves shut out in both contests.
Rookie netminder Kayla Black earned two consecutive shutouts for the Bulldogs in an upset. Black defeated Alex Rigsby in both contests, marking the first time that Rigsby lost two matches so early in a season.
Black blocked a total of 56 shots on goal in 2-0 and 1-0 wins over the stunned Badgers.
Her performance made her the first freshman to post back-to-back shutouts since October 2006 (when Kim Martin accomplished the feat). Black’s performance was more historic because she earned her shutouts in consecutive nights, in a series against the same opponent.
The Oct. 13 shutout may have been the most dramatic of the two for UMD.
The Bulldogs had 23 minutes of penalties. Despite five Wisconsin power plays and 11 shots on net, the Badgers could not find a way to bury the puck past Black. The Badgers outshot the Bulldogs 31-17, but it was Black who deserves the recognition for the win.
Three penalties were given to the Bulldogs in the first period, including two to Zoe Hickel (one for checking from behind, and another for game misconduct).
The 18:53 mark of the second would see Brigette Lacquette penalized for elbowing, while the third period would see Jordan Krause called for tripping. Brienna Gillanders scored an even-strength goal for the Bulldogs at the 1:34 mark of the first period.
Jessica Wong and Jamie Kenyon would assist on the second goal of the contest, scored by Jenna McParland.
The following day, Black only had three power plays to nullify, as she reduced her goals-against average to 1.52.
Jessica Wong scored the only goal of the contest. Her marker was scored at the 18:12 mark of the first period with an assist going to Jenna McParland.
Penalties were a factor in the contest.
Wisconsin was called for six penalties, including three tripping penalties in the first period. The Bulldogs had four penalties, but Wisconsin only had three power plays. The 13:56 mark of the third period saw Brianna Decker of Wisconsin and Shara Jasper of the Bulldogs both called for roughing.
Black now improves her record to 2-2-0 in the young season.