MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota State falls in a close battle against #1 Wisconsin 2-1 on Friday night at Verizon Center.
In the first period, the Badgers possessed the puck and outshot the Mavericks 13-7. Minnesota State had a power-play opportunity early, but failed to convert. Two penalties were called on the Mavericks as they were able to kill one and the other continued into the second period. Freshman Abigail Levy collected 13 saves in the period.
Fifty-four seconds into the second period, the Mavericks allowed their first power-play goal this season from the penalty late in the first period. Brette Pettet scored for the Badgers with her second goal of the season. At the 11:58 mark, Wisconsin scored another goal from Britta Curl as the puck floated into the middle of the ice and Curl beat Levy to the top, left corner.
At the 9:17 mark in the third period, the Mavericks were able to cut into the Badgers 2-0 lead. Freshman Madison Oelkers scored her first collegiate goal on a 2-on-1 break with sophomore Mariah Gardner. The other assist went to junior McKenzie Sederberg and the score was now 2-1. That ended up being the final score after the Mavericks were unable to equalize late in the game.
Wisconsin outshot Minnesota State 34-17 and Levy made 32 saves on the night. Her counterpart, Kristen Campbell, made 16 saves in the win.
The Mavericks went 0-4 on the power-play while the Badgers went 1-3.
Minnesota State is back in action tomorrow at 2:07 p.m., against Wisconsin the series finale. The game will be televised on Fox Sports North along with being streamed on FloHockey.