MADISON, Wis. - After falling behind early in the first period, freshman Sophie Shirley sparked an offensive attack as the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Princeton, 4-3, on Friday night in front of a capacity crowd at LaBahn Arena.
Shirley, junior Abby Roque, and junior Alexis Mauermann all scored for Wisconsin (7-0-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) in UW's first matchup with the Tigers (0-1-0, 0-0-0-0 ECAC) since 1999.
The Badgers fell behind 1-0 on a strike from the Tigers five minutes into the game, but UW wouldn't trail for long as Shirley sliced her way from behind the net to deliver a gorgeous backhand goal at the 13:51 mark of the opening period.
Shirley's offensive dominance showed itself again three minutes later in the first when she assisted a goal to Roque to give the Badgers their first lead of the game at the midway point of the opening stanza.
Mauermann joined in the scoring action at the 17:51 mark of the first period on a rocket of a shot that sent the Badgers up 3-1 heading into the second period.
After a scoreless second, Princeton grabbed its second goal of the game at the 6:37 mark of the third. UW was quick to respond as Shirley, Roque and Sam Cogan combined for a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal that proved to the game winner with nine minutes to go in the frame.
Princeton scored with five minutes remaining to cut the UW lead to one, but the Badgers held off a furious Princeton attack to extend their home-unbeaten streak to 34 games.
Play of the Game
Shirley's second of the game came off of a great passing sequence by her linemates. After stealing the puck from Princeton, Roque threaded a pass to Cogan, who dished the puck to Shirley in front of the net. Shirley poked the puck past Princeton netminder Rachel McQuigge to record her first career multi-goal game.
Three Notes of the Game
- After scoring three goals in the opening frame against Princeton, Wisconsin has scored 15 of its 31 goals in the first period this season. UW's 15 first-period goals lead the NCAA this year.
- Wisconsin has sold out all five of its home games this year and has sold out its last 16 games at LaBahn Arena.
- 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner and 2018 Olympic gold medalist Meghan Duggan dropped the puck prior to the game on Friday. Duggan and her teammates from the 2008-09 NCAA championship team were also honored during the game.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the win:
"We were excited for tonight's matchup. Princeton played well, fought hard and hung around the whole game. It was a good test for us on how to manage a game and get to the finish line."
On room for improvement:
"We have a couple areas on defense we can clean up, so we'll look at some film and get a feel for how we can better prepare ourselves heading into Sunday."
Junior Abby Roque
On team chemistry::
"We all trust each other. We all know where one another will be on the ice and trust that we will all make the right pass."
Freshman Sophie Shirley
On UW's power-play performance:
"Whenever you're on the power play, obviously the main goal is to score and get ahead. Tonight we had a lot of momentum because of our power plays and carried that into our next shifts."
On overcoming adversity
"When they scored their second goal it woke us up a bit. Once we got back to getting shots on goal and playing our style, everything fell into place."
UW will have Saturday off before wrapping up its series with Princeton on Sunday with a noon tilt at LaBahn Arena.