Rigsby Logs Career Shutout No. 20 in First Blanking at LaBahn Arena

Mark StaffieriContributor IINovember 2, 2012

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Athletics
Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Athletics

After suffering the first three-game losing streak of her storied career (including two shutout losses), Alex Rigsby helped the Badgers improve to a 5-3-2 record. Brianna Decker, the 2012 Patti Kazmaier Award winner and freshman Courtney Burke combined for six points in a 5-0 win over the New Hampshire Wildcats.

The five goals stand as a record for most goals scored at LaBahn Arena by the Badgers.

The Oct. 28 contest saw Rigsby earn the first shutout at LaBahn, the Badgers new home rink. It was the first shutout of the season and 20th of her career. Wildcats freshman Alexis Crossley (who hails from Sidney Crosby’s home town of Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia) logged the first shot of the game and was denied by Rigsby.

Megan Armstrong (who led all Wildcats with four shots on net) and Jessica Hitchcock also had shots in the first minute of the game, but Rigsby was not beatable.

Decker opened the scoring with a five-on-three power play as she buried the puck past freshman goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara. The goal would stand as the game winner as Decker was the catalyst of the Badgers offense.

Courtney Burke and Madison Packer would add to the Badgers lead as the second period ended with a 3-0 tally. The story of the second period was Rigsby as she stopped 10 Wildcats shots in the second frame. Rigsby showed great poise between the pipes as she helped kill three Badgers penalties in the second period.

Vaattovaara stopped seven Badgers shots in the second period, as she tried to keep the Wildcats in the game.

The final period saw Decker score the most impressive goal of the game. On a faceoff at center ice, she pushed the puck forward and charged down the ice for a breakaway opportunity. She would score on an overmatched Vaattovaara as the Badgers had an insurmountable 4-0 advantage. Karley Sylvester logged the fifth and final tally in the shutout victory with Burke and Decker earning the assists. After a promising start, New Hampshire now falls to 3-4-0 on the season.