The Huskie women’s hockey team (2-3-0, 0-3-0 WCHA) did their best to upset the #2 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0-0, 3-0-0 WCHA) at the Herb Brooks Center, but the Badgers proved to be too much.
The Huskies held the Badgers scoreless in the first period with a combination of hustle plays and smothering defense.
The Huskies struggled to get clean shots with only one shot on goal during the first period.
Senior goalie Katie Fitzgerald fended off 11 shots in the first period, which was a major factor in keeping the game scoreless as entering the second period.
To start the second period, the Huskies again came out with a tough defense, but at the 13:45 mark in the second period the levy broke for the Huskie defense when Lauren Williams put in the first goal of the night for the Badgers.
Minutes later at the 12:12 mark Sara Nurse scored a shorthanded goal to put the badgers up 2-0.
Nurse didn’t wait long for her next goal which came seconds later and was her second shorthanded goal of the night.
After this, the Huskie defense tightened back up and held the Badgers scoreless for the rest of the period. The Huskies again had a tough time getting shots on goal, registering only three in the second period.
The third period saw much of the same as the previous two.
The Huskies stayed fierce on defense but struggled to get shots off. You could see fatigue starting to set in on the Huskie side due to many missed connections on passes and the inability to keep up with the quick Badgers.
It wasn’t until the 3:38 and 3:00 mark of the third where we saw the Badgers score two more goals to make the final score 5-0 in favor of the Badgers.
The Huskies had many chances in this one with five power plays, but were not able to convert on any of them, while goalie kept them in the game with 45 saves on the night.
The Huskie Women have had a tough start to this year’s conference play. They started conference play by losing by a combined score of 18-0 in their opening series to number one Minnesota, and then were given the task of hosting the number two Wisconsin Badgers.
The women’s hockey team has their next game tomorrow at 3:07 p.m. at the Herb Brooks Center.