The Wisconsin women’s hockey team played against Minnesota State Saturday night after winning the first game in the series. The Badgers looked to close out the best-of-three and advance to the WCHA playoff semi-finals with a win. Wisconsin was able to do just that, walking away with a 4-1 victory despite being down in the first period. Wisconsin will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers next in the playoffs.
Minnesota State Downed by Wisconsin Women’s Hockey
The Badgers started the game by out-shooting the Mavericks, 16-9. Despite the pace of play and chances created, Wisconsin went down a goal early. Sydney Langseth netted a goal just before the end of the first period to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead over the Badgers. The Badgers had a power play for tripping and another for interference in the first period, but their six shots could not find the net.
Minnesota State came out firing in the second period in an effort to build their lead. The Wisconsin Badgers hockey team did not allow any of the 12 shots the Mavericks took into goal. The Badgers were able to open up their scoring in the second when Britta Curl scored a shot from Jesse Compher for her 18th of the season. Curl tied the game for Wisconsin at one half way through the second period.
Two minutes after the goal, Curl passed to Laila Edwards for a wrap-around goal. Edwards gave the Badgers a quick 2-1 lead after being down a goal minutes before. Wisconsin entered the third period with the same score and looked to tack on another goal. The Badgers crowded the goal and Sara Wozniewicz got the tap-in for her second goal of the WCHA playoffs. Lacey Eden and Kirsten Simms got the assist for the goal as the Badgers went up 3-1 to start the final period.
The Minnesota State Mavericks allowed a two minute minor for tripping. The Wisconsin women’s hockey team took advantage of the power play as Lacey Eden scored a goal after 36 seconds. Casey O’Brien provided the assist as the Badgers rolled through the Mavericks to win, 4-1. With the win, Wisconsin advances to the WCHA playoffs final face-off round. Wisconsin will travel to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on March 3rd. A win will put the Badgers against either Minnesota-Duluth or Ohio State in the championship of the WCHA playoffs.
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