VAIL, Colo. -- Freshman Jenny Ryan scored her first collegiate goal with just minutes left to play to propel the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Northeastern Friday night in the first of two games in a tournament at the Dobson Arena.
Ryan slid the puck past NU goaltender Chloe Desjardins with 2:24 left in the third period off passes from junior Brittany Ammerman and freshman Mellissa Channell to complete the Wisconsin comeback as UW was trailing 2-1 with less than seven minutes in the third period.
"We found a way to win tonight," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "Overall, it was a pretty good effort. We gave up a couple of power play goals, but responded in the third period with two great goals and showed our resiliency."
Freshman Ann-Renée Desbiens guarded Wisconsin's goal, recording a career-high 23 saves and the win to improve her record to 3-0-0. Wisconsin outshot Northeastern 36-25.
After a scoreless first period, both teams stepped up the intensity in the second. Kelly Wallace put the Huskies on the board first, sliding the puck past Desbiens during an NU power play to take the lead.
Senior Kelly Jaminski evened the score at one all, sending a slapshot over Desjardins in the heart of the period to tie the score. But the Huskies capitalized on their second power play opportunity soon after, leaving the Badgers trailing 2-1 heading into the final period.
The Badgers fought back, scoring two goals in the final stanza. Ammerman found the back of the net first to tie the game at 2-2 with seven minute sremaining tipping in a shot from freshman Sarah Nurse before Ryan tallied the game winner with two minutes to go in front of a crowd of over 750 fans.
"It is a nice to showcase Division I women's hockey," Johnson said about the tournament. "People that saw our first game were entertained, and the people that were rooting for Wisconsin got a good treat."
Wisconsin now turns its attention to another Hockey East foe in No. 8 Boston University, who defeated St. Cloud State, 2-0, in the first game of the day. BU has gone unbeaten in its past eight contests, while Wisconsin enters the tilt with a seven-game winning streak.
"When you play a quality opponent, like BU, kids get excited," Johnson said. "So it is about managing your energy right now and trying to figure out how to play 60 good minutes. It should be a great game, and hopefully we are victorious."
- Freshman Jenny Ryan scored her first collegiate goal
- Freshman Ann-Renee Desbiens recorded a career-high 23 saves
- Wisconsin outshot Northeastern 36-25