|2nd||6:14||BMJ||1-0||EV||Stephanie Anderson (8)||-|
|2nd||13:28||WIS||1-1||EV||Katy Josephs (8)||Blayre Turnbull/12, Karley Sylvester/19|
|OT||0:46||WIS||2-1||EV GW||Brittany Ammerman (11)||Emily Clark/10, Annie Pankowski/16|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (14-11-1)||0/2||6/12||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Erin Deters (L, 2-4-0)||60:46||2||19||22||19||1||61|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 15-4-2)||60:46||1||5||7||3||0||15|
MADISON, Wisc. - Wisconsin senior Brittany Ammerman lit the lamp 46 seconds into overtime to propel the No. 3 Badgers to a 2-1 triumph over Bemidji State on Saturday at LaBahn Arena.
The River Vale, New Jersey, native recorded her team-leading 11th goal of the season off assists from freshmen Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski to help Wisconsin (18-4-2, 14-4-2-0 WCHA) earn a split with the Beavers (14-11-1, 9-10-1-1 WCHA).
"I think it (the goal) took a second to register," Ammerman admitted. "I think I was shocked more than anything, because it was kind of an odd play. It popped out to me and I just put it in. I was excited because I don't think I've scored an overtime goal in my career here, so that was great."
Wisconsin peppered Bemidji State goaltender Erin Deters all game, as Wisconsin fired 63 shots at the freshman. Deters collected a season-high 61 saves in the loss.
"Looking at the way the game went, I'd say we deserved to win," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "It wasn't the way you wanted to finish, but kudos to the goaltender and to Bemidji State's willingness to block shots and do things to prevent us from scoring. We asked the team this morning to come out with a push, and I thought we did a pretty good job creating opportunities."
The first period was entertaining, as the Badgers outshot Bemidji State 19-5, but neither team could find the back of the net. For a stretch of 11 minutes in the first, Bemidji was held without a shot, while Wisconsin fired 14 pucks at the net.
Bemidji State tallied a goal early in the second, as Stephanie Anderson capitalized on a Wisconsin miscue and fired the puck top shelf past UW netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens.
The Badgers countered at the 13:28 mark of the period, as Katy Josephs found the back of the net for the eighth time this season off assists from fellow seniors Blayre Turnbull and Karley Sylvester. To set up the tally, Sylvester poked a 50/50 puck out to Josephs along the blue line in the attacking zone. After Turnbull tipped Josephs' backhander, Josephs followed her shot to the rebound and beat Deters top shelf. UW fired a total of 23 shots to the net in the period.
Wisconsin went on the power play three times in the final period, but couldn't convert with a man advantage. The Badgers limited the Beavers to only three shots on net while placing 19 shots on goal.
In all, Wisconsin attempted 121 shots during the game, but Bemidji State's defense blocked 31 of UW's shots.
"Yesterday we had 28 shots blocked and 16 that missed the net, that's 44 shots that aren't getting to the goalie," Johnson said. "Sometimes that is going to happen because people are in your way. But keep working at it, keep plugging away. It was similar to last Sunday. If we get that kind of effort, I don't know what more I can ask for. If the goalie is going to make 70 saves, then she's going to make 70 saves. But our job is to keep pushing."
The Badgers played disciplined hockey throughout the game, committing only two penalties to their opponents' six.
Sophomore goaltender Desbiens stayed sharp despite the lack of action on her end of the ice for most of the game, stopping 15 of the Beavers' 16 shots. That inaction included a third period in which she saw only three shots launched her way, stopping all of them.
The Badgers step out of WCHA play next weekend as they host the reigning NCAA champion Clarkson Golden Knights. Faceoff at LaBahn Arena is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday, and Sunday's tussle will air on the Wisconsin Channel.
"I think we are excited to play out of conference," Ammerman said. "Those are always fun games and you always here how much we love that during the NCAA Tournament and hope we get matched with someone from out of conference. But obviously they are the reigning champs and they're ranked, so it will be fun to go against them."