The top-ranked University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team wasn’t frustrated after a scoreless first period Friday night.
“We were outplaying them and that carried into the second period,” senior forward Sydney McKibbon said.
McKibbon scored a power-play goal 36 seconds into the second period, then added a short-hander a few minutes later to open the floodgates as the Badgers rolled to a 7-0 victory against Minnesota State-Mankato in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament opener at LaBahn Arena.
Game 2 of the first-round series is 4 p.m. today.
Sophomore Sam Cogan also scored two goals and junior Annie Pankowski, senior Sarah Nurse and freshman Abby Roque scored for the Badgers (28-2-4), who outshot the Mavericks (7-25-4) by a 45-15 margin.
“It’s about coming to the rink with some energy and enthusiasm,” UW coach Mark Johnson. “What I’ve seen the last couple days of practice, I thought it was going to be a pretty good night. For the most part, we held the puck a lot and created some great chances.”
Cogan also scored short-handed for UW, which went 2-for-3 on the power play.
“It was good for this team to go out and get a few short-handed goals,” said Pankowski, who scored her team-leading 21st goal and had two assists. “It shows the poise that we have even when…