Ferenc records career-high 66 saves in loss to No. 5 Wisconsin

Lindenwood Women’s Hockey Team (0-3-0, 0-0-0 CHA) lost Game 1 of the series to No. 5 Wisconsin (2-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) by a score of 6-0 on Thursday night in Madison, Wis. Ferenc finished the game with a career-high 66 saves, which is the fourth-highest single-game game total in CHA history.

Wisconsin got on the board at 3:32 of the first period, taking a 1-0 lead. Despite the first goal, Nathalie Ferenc and the defense fell back. The senior keeper compiled 16 saves, while the Lions blocked another 18 shots in the first period, led by Quinn McLaren, who had three. Lindenwood trailed 1-0 at intermission.

Lindenwood killed a pair of early penalties in the second frame, including a five-for-three. The Badgers broke through soon after, but took a 2-0 lead just before the middle of the second period. Two minutes later, Wisconsin would extend their lead to 3-0. During the period, Ferenc recorded 31 saves, taking his tally to 47 in two periods. The 31 saves in one period is a CHA record. Lindenwood’s defense blocked another 28 shots as the Lions trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes.

Wisconsin added three more goals in the final period, earning the win in Game 1 of the series. Ferenc finished with a career-high 66 saves, while Lindenwood was perfect 7-for-7 shorthanded.

Ferenc (66 stops)

Sydney Rarick (three shots, six blocked shots)

The Lions and Badgers will end their series tomorrow. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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