MADISON, Wis. -- After 10-consectutive periods without a goal, Brianna Decker broke the streak and netted the first UW goal at LaBahn Arena on Sunday afternoon as the Wisconsin women's hockey team tied Bemidji State, 3-3.
The Badgers won the shootout 2-0 after two rounds for the extra point in WCHA standings. Brianna Decker and Madison Packer scored for the Badgers in the shootout as Bemidji State was unable to capitalize on its chances in the first two rounds.
"I thought that overall it was a good effort, especially the thirteen, fourteen, fifteen minutes of the third period was really good," said head coach Mark Johnson. "You know, they had good momentum and overall, as I told the team, it was a good effort today. We won the shootout so we have some extra points so you can walk away feeling pretty good about it."
Decker scored the first Wisconsin goal at LaBahn Arena in the second period, with an assist coming from Kelly Jaminski, which tied the game up 1-1. Receiving the puck along the boards in the offensive zone, Decker deked around a defender before pulling the puck to her backhand, roofing it over BSU goalie Abby Ryplanski.
Bemidji State initially jumped on top first, with a goal from Mackenzie Thurston in the first period, generated off a turnover in the Badgers' defensive end.
The excitement came in the third period, when Courtney Burke scored her first career goal.
Burke received a pass from Erika Sowchuk, on the left side of the net and threw the puck on goal, which snuck through traffic and into the back of the net.
Eleven minutes later, after killing off the first penalty on a five-on-three chance for Bemidji State, the Beavers capitalized on the remaining power play to tie the game up 2-2.
Thirty seconds later, Packer was called for tripping and Bemidji State went back on the power play once again. Ten seconds into the penalty kill, The Badgers went on the offensive with a two-on-one break. Jordan Brickner carried the puck into the zone and took a shot beating Ryplanski over the blocker for the short-handed goal. Assists came from Karley Sylvester and Decker as the Badgers went up 3-2 with five minutes remaining.
"It's definitely a confidence builder," said Decker. "It brings confidence to our team to know that if we're down a goal and we keep fighting, we are going to put the puck away."
Bemidji State was not giving up without a fight, and with 54 seconds left, Sadie Lundquist scored an extra-attacker goal from the left faceoff circle.
After a scoreless overtime, the teams went into a shootout. Wisconsin elected to shoot first, and Decker scored her goal in similar fashion to her first of the game. Lundquist went first for the Beavers, but lost control of the puck before getting a shot off. Packer netted her attempt and Alex Rigsby gloved Kristin Huber's shot to clinch the shootout win in two rounds.
The Badgers outshot the Beavers 41-21, with Rigsby saving 18 saves. Ryplanski turned away 42 shots, with four in overtime. The Bemidji State defense also blocked 32 shots, after blocking 29 on Friday night. Wisconsin continued to do well on the PK, killing off five-of-six penalties.
"We are getting better," Johnson said. "It is still early, we've only been together a month, not quite a month, so if we continue to grow that's all we can ask for. You know practice hard, compete during the games and we'll get better if we continue to do that over the course of the season."
Wisconsin continues its home stand against New Hampshire on Oct. 26 and 28, with opening face offs scheduled for 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
- Wisconsin wins shootout 2-0
- Brianna Decker scores UW's first goal in LaBahn Arena
- First shootout in LaBahn Arena