MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team was kept scoreless for the third-straight game in the inaugural night of the LaBahn Arena on Friday, falling to Bemidji State, 1-0.
"It's a house, but we have to make it a home," said head coach Mark Johnson. "We can't do that in a short period of time and it takes time."
After two scoreless periods, the Beavers were able to score within the first five minutes of the third period. Miscommunication behind the Badger goal caused Alex Rigsby to get stuck behind the net without a stick and she was unable to recover in time as the puck slid out to the far circle to Kristin Huber who scored on the open net for the eventual game winner.
Previous to Huber's goal, the two teams were almost even in shots. Wisconsin started off the first period a little slow, but had many opportunities to score throughout the game and weren't able to connect.
"The hard part is telling someone you need to score a goal," Johnson said. "That's the toughest part of the game. If we're getting chances - and we had a number of good chances tonight - and if the puck doesn't want to go in, you try not to get frustrated."
Wisconsin wasn't able to get past the Bemidji State defense, which blocked 29 shots, and goalkeeper Abby Ryplanski, who made 27 saves. The Badgers outshot the Beavers 27-23 on the night.
BSU had three penalties in the game, but Wisconsin wasn't able to capitalize on any of the power plays. Wisconsin killed its lone penalty of the night, only allowing one shot through on the BSU power play.
"The only thing that's not going our way is not putting the puck in the net," said Brianna Decker. "We're working hard and everything, and once we get that first goal it's going to be the icebreaker."
Wisconsin will host Bemidji State for game two of the series Sunday at 2 p.m. back at LaBahn Arena.
- A sellout crowd of 2,273 was in attendance
- Alex Rigsby made a total of 22 saves
- Brianna Decker and Madison Packer led the Badgers with six shots on goal