No. 6 Wisconsin Holds Off Bemidji State 5-3
MADISON, Wis. - Senior Amber Fryklund led a late Bemidji State surge in an attempt to over take the No. 6 Badgers today collecting a goal and two assist in a three-goal third period, but that Badgers answered every comeback attempt downing the Beavers 5-3.
The teams in the race for the third spot in the WCHA Final Five skated to a scoreless first period of play where the Badgers owned the shots-on-goal advantage 15-3 in the period.
The second period would again be dominated by the University of Wisconsin, but this time the Badgers would manage three goals to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room after two periods of play. At the 8:07 mark of the second period Steph Millar got the Badgers on the board scoring the games first goal, as she put back the rebound after the BSU goaltender Anik Coté stopped the initial Stephanie Boeckman shot.
Kathy Devereaux gave the Badgers a two-goal lead eight minutes later (16:11) when she scored a power-play goal finding the opening between Coté’s pads.
Nikki Burish would notch the Badgers third goal of the period just 1:07 later (17:18) when she backhanded a pass from Karen Rickard just passed the Beaver’s goaltender as Wisconsin took a three-goal lead into the second intermission.
BSU head coach Bruce Olson must have used the second intermission to fire his team up as it only took the Beavers 88 seconds to find the back of the net and come within two of the Badgers. Senior Amber Fryklund took the pass from Caesare Stimson and beat Jackie MacMillan to bring the score to 3-1. But less that four minutes later Sis Paulsen would put the Badgers up by three when she took advantage of a BSU misdirected pass and skated her way into the zone with enough time to fire a slap-shot from the top of the face-off circle.
Molly Engstrom would add to Wisconsin’s lead with a goal banked off the pipe as the Badgers took advantage of the power-play for the second time of the afternoon, 5-1.
With less than 10 minutes to play, the Beavers began to mount a comeback when Lill Raynard took a pass from Fryklund and put it past MacMillan to close the gap to three, 5-2. Sarah Zuelke would then bring the Beavers within two when Fryklund and Lisa Peters found the freshman streaking up the boards for her second goal of the season at the 14 minute mark.
The Beavers would call time out with 1:40 remaining in the game and add an extra skater, pulling Coté twice but to no avail. The Badgers were just too much this afternoon and they may have solidified their spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference’s post-season tournament with two points and the win over the fourth place Beavers.
BSU’s Anik Coté made 30 saves in the loss bringing her season record to 5-9-2 while Jackie MacMillan upped her record to 15-6-5 with an 18-save performance.
The loss drops BSU’s overall record to 7-12-6 and 5-9-5 in WCHA competition. The Beavers look to avoid getting swept by a Top 10 team for the second-straight weekend as they take to the ice against the Badgers again tomorrow afternoon. The game is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. and will be played at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
Scoring Goal Assist
2nd 08:07 UW EV Steph Millar (7) Nikki Burish (4), Stephanie Boeckm (3)
2nd 16:11 UW PP Kathy Devereaux (3) Kerry Weiland (9), Sis Paulsen (16)
2nd 17:18 UW EV Nikki Burish (5) Karen Rickard (5)
3rd 01:28 BSU EV Amber Fryklund (8) Caesare Stimson (3)
3rd 05:20 UW EV Sis Paulsen (4) -
3rd 11:42 UW PP Molly Engstrom (3) Nicole Uliasz (14), Karen Rickard (6)
3rd 12:34 BSU EV Lill Raynard (7) Amber Fryklund (14)
3rd 14:00 BSU EV Sarah Zuelke (2) Amber Fryklund (15), Lisa Peters (8)
UW Jackie MacMillan (60:00) - 18 W- (15-6-5) BSU Anik Coté (59:32) - 30 L- (5-9-2)