Wisconsin junior goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens earned her NCAA record-setting 18th shutout in a season Saturday.
Desbiens faced just ten shots against Minnesota State as the Badgers won 6-0 in the WCHA first round series between the two teams She stopped all ten to break the record held with Minnesota's Noora Raty, who had 17 shutouts when the Gophers went 41-0-0 her senior season of 2012-13.
Desbiens had tied the Raty for the most shutouts in a single season one day earlier in a 4-0 victory.
Thanks in part to Desbiens, the Badgers ended the regular season giving up 26 goals in 34 games. Wisconsin had nine consecutive shutouts during October and November with Desbiens being in net for 534:53 without giving up a goal.
Desbiens, one of ten finalists for the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Award, has a .958 save percentage in 34 games this season. She has a total of 35 in 3 seasons. At her current pace Desbiens should be able to challenge Raty's career record of 43 shutouts.
Wisconsin (32-3-1) next faces Minnesota Duluth in the WCHA Final Faceoff next Saturday.