|2nd||12:09||OSU||1-0||EV||Julianna Iafallo (1)||Samantha Bouley/3, Dani Sadek/1|
|3rd||18:06||WIS||1-1||PP GT||Sam Cogan (3)||Presley Norby/2, Mellissa Channell/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (2-1-1)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauve (T, 2-1-1)||64:57||1||13||10||13||1||37|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (T, 3-0-1)||64:59||1||4||0||1||1||6|
MADISON, Wis. - After battling to a 1-1 draw to Ohio State, Wisconsin women's hockey freshman Abby Roque scored in a shootout to give the top-ranked Badgers an extra point in the WCHA standings on Saturday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
Thanks to the shootout victory, the Badgers (3-0-1, 3-0-1-1 WCHA) earned five of a possible six league points against the Buckeyes (2-1-1, 0-1-1-0 WCHA) after tying Ohio State thanks to a late goal by sophomore Sam Cogan.
"I thought we played really well today and didn't give them many opportunities," head coach Mark Johnson said. "We ended up getting an extra point because of the shootout victory. Like I told the team, they played well and they played hard. Sometimes the goaltender for the other team is the number one star."
The Badgers outshot the Buckeyes 38-7 throughout regulation and overtime, but sophomore netminder Kassidy Sauve stood on her head for OSU, denying almost every single UW chance.
After a back-and-forth first period where Wisconsin outshot Ohio State 13-4, both teams were unable to find the back of the net.
It was the Buckeyes who drew first blood in the second period as junior forward Julianna Iafallo fired the puck top shelf into the net.
Wisconsin picked up the pace after the Ohio State goal, dominating puck possession for the remainder of the second and throughout the third period.
With just minutes remaining in regulation and desperate for a goal, the Badgers peppered Sauve with shot after shot, but the Buckeye netminder stood her ground, denying each chance.
Cogan, who scored a game-winning goal against St. Cloud State two weeks ago, stepped up into the hero role, stuffing a pass from freshman Presley Norby into the net past Sauve to tie the game up and force overtime play. This marks Cogan's third goal of the season and the 13th goal of her career.
"I was just excited," said Cogan of her goal. "It was like, 'okay, we can come back here and we could win this game.' I was just thrilled."
Heading into extra minutes for the first time this season, the Badgers held the offensive zone for most of the five bonus minutes, but only managed one shot on goal, forcing a three-round shootout.
Junior Annie Pankowski went first for Wisconsin, but her shot was denied by Sauve. Desbiens returned the favor shortly after, denying OSU's top-scorer Maddy Field on her chance.
Roque was next for the Badgers, and after a series of smooth moves, roofed the puck off her backhand to give UW the lead.
"There are some players that don't want to take a shootout, but we do shootouts in practice and some nights you pick the right players and sometimes you don't," Johnson said of the decision to put Roque in the shootout lineup. "Tonight we picked the right one." Desbiens continued to stand tall for Wisconsin, denying OSU's second and third attempts to seal the shootout win for UW and earn a point in WCHA standings.
"The next couple weekends are going to be challenging," Johnson said. "Having been challenged today, those things help you out. We'll get back at it Monday."
The Badgers will begin non-conference play this upcoming weekend, as they travel to No. 4 Clarkson to take on the Golden Knights. Puck drop on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 are both scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT).