MADISON, Wis. - For the second-straight game, Wisconsin women's hockey senior Annie Pankowski scored the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting the top-ranked Badgers past Harvard, 2-1, Saturday night at LaBahn Arena.
After going top shelf against Harvard (2-5-1, 1-3-0 ECAC) netminder Lindsay Reed in Friday's overtime session, Pankowski slid the puck between Reed's legs to become the first UW (15-1-0, 7-1-0-0 WCHA) women's hockey player to score game-winning goals in consecutive overtime contests.
After a scoreless opening period, the Badgers got on the board in the second. Freshman Britta Curl hammered home a goal with 13:42 left in the frame off a fantastic cross-net feed from senior Abby Roque.
Harvard tied the game at 1-1 at the 5:58 mark of the third period, sending the Badgers into their second overtime game against the Crimson in two days before Pankowski won it in overtime.
Play of the Game
For the second-straight game, Pankowski was the hero as she scored with 23.7 seconds left in overtime while UW was on a power play. The Laguna Hills, California native deked a Crimson defender before sliding the puck five-hole past the Harvard goaltender for the win. It marked Pankowski's third goal of the weekend after scoring two against the Crimson on Friday.
Three Notes of the Game
- Wisconsin became the first team in the NCAA to reach 15 wins this year as the Badgers have won their last seven games. During UW's winning streak, the Badgers have allowed only five goals.
- Pankowski's three weekend goals moved the right-winger to seventh all-time in Badgers scoring history.
- The Badgers outshot the Crimson, 40-16 in the victory and 90-32 on the series.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On what the team did well:
"Our power play worked well in overtime, hadn't created much up to that point in four of five opportunities. Just trying to figure out how to beat their goaltender, she played extremely well last night, making 50 saves, and then tonight, especially in the first 8-12 minutes had a lot of really good chances and she made saves. It just comes down to being able to create enough chances to get one by her. These are exciting games if you win them, fans love them, and it makes my hair get a little grayer."
On takeaways from overtime games:
"As I told the team last night, it's a learning opportunity. Each game presents its own story, tonight is a little different from last night, but each one you can take away and learn from. There'll be some things we take away from tonight and will work on Monday to try to be better. Harvard played strong tonight, they had a lot of energy in their game and gave us everything they had."
On Annie Pankowski's play:
"Annie Pankowski is a natural goal-scorer. Since she was young, she's led our team in all three of her years she's been here in scoring. She had an opportunity with the national team and almost made the Olympic team last year, and then comes back her senior year and is one of our captains. I know she was excited last night scoring the overtime, you don't often see someone duplicate it the next night. She made a great play, she has a very high skill level. Not a lot of players can make that play at the end, or have the poise to find the area where the puck can go in."
Senior Forward Annie Pankowski
On back-to-back overtime goals:
"It is definitely exciting, but this was a team effort. The shift before us went out and wore them down and made great rebounds - that makes a difference. It's one person scoring the goal, but really it's the whole team working together."
On overtime mentality:
"In overtime you always want to play good offense and better defense. And I think we really took that to heart. Everyone was circling the net well so it was just a matter of time before we got one in the net."
The Badgers end their six-game homestand with a series against Syracuse at LaBahn Arena. The Badgers and Orange open their series on Saturday. Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. before closing it out on Sunday Dec. 2 at noon.