MADISON, Wisconsin. – The top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to beat Ohio State 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at LaBahn Arena.
Grace Bowlby, Casey O’Brien and Daryl Watts all lit the torch to help the Badgers (9-0-0, 5-0-0 WCHA) put the Buckeyes back (6-1-0, 6-1-0 WCHA) ) their first loss of the 2021-22 season.
Gabby Rosenthal of Ohio State scored the only goal of the first period to send Wisconsin in the second down 1-0.
The Badgers fired back in the second as Bowlby and O’Brien scored to give the team a 2-1 lead before the third. The Badgers dominated the game during the period, edging OSU 12-4.
The third period was very balanced until Ohio State pulled its goalie towards the end of the period and Watts scored the Badgers’ third goal on the open net.
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Kennedy Blair was stellar in net for the Badgers, stopping 27 of 28 shots she faced to claim her eighth win of the season.
Three notes of the game
- Makenna Webster continues to lead the NCAA in points. The second is now 22 years old after an assist against Ohio State.
- Daryl Watts tied for 10th place in NCAA women’s ice hockey history for career goals as the senior now has 115 goals between her time in BC and Wisconsin. She also has 260 points and is two steps away from matching UW legend Hillary Knight for eighth place in NCAA history.
- This is the fourth time UW has started a season 9-0-0.
Directly from the ice rink: Head Coach Mark Johnson
On today’s match: “It was a good game. If I were a supporter in the stands today, I would have entertained myself. I thought both teams were playing at a very high level, the pace of the first half was extremely fast. end of October.”
On the atmosphere: “It was good. When the sun is out, the weather is nice in there, we had a full house with two very good teams who played at their best. I’m sure tomorrow will be similar, it will be a question of who can recover the fastest and come back to capitalize tomorrow. “