|January 27, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||14:59||WIS||Decker, Brianna (Prevost, Carolyne )|
|2||16:58||WIS||Prevost, Carolyne (Ammerman, Brooke , Kelter, Alev)|
|3||07:24||BSU||Wivoda, Whitney (Huber, Kristin , Thurston, Mackenzie)|
|4||01:03||WIS||Packer, Madison (Ammerman, Brittany , Decker, Brianna)|
|Shots on Goal||41||38|
MADISON, Wis. - An overtime goal from Madison Packer lifted the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers over Bemidji State University 3-2 Friday night at the Kohl Center. The Beavers played toe-to-toe with the Badgers throughout the game forcing overtime against the top team in the nation but were unable to come away with the victory.
BSU falls to 14-11-3 (8-11-1 WCHA). Wisconsin improves to 23-2-2 (17-2-2 WCHA). The Beavers continue their struggles in the first game of a series as they are 3-9-2 in game one. BSU has bounced back all season though as they are 10-2-1 in the second game of a series this year and 7-1-1 after a loss.
Bemidji State falls to 1-2-3 this season in overtime contests with the loss.
Bemidji State and Wisconsin played even hockey early on but the Badgers actually took the momentum on a Beaver power play as they got on the board first after tallying a short-handed goal from Brianna Decker off an assist by Carolyne Prevost. The shorthanded goal was only the fourth allowed by BSU this season. The goal was Decker’s 28th of the year. Prevost secured her 22nd helper of the season.
In the second period Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) of BSU played a great centering pass but the Beavers were unable to control the puck in their offensive zone and the Badgers went on a break. Wisconsin was able to turn it into a goal as Brooke Ammerman found Prevost in front of the net who put it past BSU goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia). The goal was Prevost’s 17th of the year. Bro. Ammerman tallied her 33rd assist of the season on the netter. Alev Kelter also tallied an assist on the goal, her fourth of the year.
BSU answered with a unique goal late in the second period, Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) took the puck from the Badgers off a pass at the blue line and played it toward the net where Wisconsin goaltender Alex Rigsby looked to have the puck but
dropped it. The goal was E. Wheelhouse’s seventh of the season.
BSU looked to miss a chance to tie the game on a power play in the third period as Emily Erickson just missed putting in a missed shot from E. Wheelhouse. However, BSU bounced back seconds later as Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) picked up the rebound of a Huber shot and fired it past Rigsby for her fourth goal of the season.
Huber picked up her fifth assist of the season on the goal. Mackenzie Thurston (Jr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) also picked up an assist, her 13th of the year. The goal was BSU’s 30th power-play goal of the season.
In overtime, Wisconsin’s Decker played the puck across the goal to Madison Packer who put in past Tomcikova for the game winner. The goal was Packer’s third of the season. Decker tallied her 33rd assist of the year on the goal.
BSU outshot Wisconsin 41-38 on the evening led by five shots apiece from Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.). Wisconsin was paced by six shots on goal by Decker.
BSU’s special teams played a strong game despite giving up a short-handed goal. The Beaver penalty kill unit was a perfect 3-for-3 on the evening while the Bemidji State power play was 1-for-3 on the night.
Tomcikova picks up the loss in net. The senior netminder made 35 saves while giving up three goals. Rigsby picks up the win after allowing two goals and making 39 saves on the evening. Tomcikova is one game away from tying the school record for most games
appeared in between the pipes. The Slovakian has 109 games appeared in, one shy of Emily Brookshaw’s school-record 110 games played in net.
The Beavers and Badgers will play game two of the series Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Wisconsin’s “Fill the Bowl” game. Tickets are $1 for the game with proceeds being donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.