Wisconsin sweeps Bemidji; Alex Rigsby's 92nd win sets new UW career record

Alex Rigsby - Nicole Haase

Rigsby returned from injury to make her first start in seven weeks and break Jessie Vetter's record.

Led by Brittany Ammerman's three goals and one assist on the weekend, Wisconsin's women's hockey team completed a sweep of Bemidji State on Saturday.

Ammerman and Katy Harding each put two goals and an assist on the board, while Ann-Renée Desbiens pitched the shutout on Friday afternoon as the Badgers dominated the Beavers, 6-0.

Saturday, senior captain Alex Rigsby returned to the ice for the first time since injuring her knee against Minnesota-Duluth Nov. 30. Katy Jospehs added a goal to her two assists from Friday and Ammerman added a short-handed goal to her weekend's work as Wisconsin won, 3-1.

The win is the 92nd in Rigsby's Wisconsin career, one more than Jessie Vetter, giving Rigsby the Wisconsin all-time career record. Rigsby tied Vetter's career mark Nov. 23 in North Dakota and has been holding there ever since. Though she has said she doesn't pay too much attention to records, it's hard to believe she wasn't aware of the holding pattern she was in with this one.

She told UWBadgers.com: "I think it's quite an honor but it's also definitely a team achievement. I've been lucky enough to play on a team as great as this one throughout my career here as a Badger. But it means quite a bit though to pass Vetter up."

After struggling to find scoring last week against North Dakota, the scoring was plentiful and spread out against Bemidji. Besides Ammerman and Josephs, Karley Sylvester also had a multi-goal weekend, Blayre Turnbull added a goal and two assists and Courtney Burke had three assists over the two games.

The Badgers return to LaBahn next weekend to face UMD at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

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