|1st||8:44||STC||1-0||EV||Hannah Potrykus (1)||Christa Moody/1, Brittney Anderson/1|
|1st||11:59||WIS||1-1||EV||Sophia Shaver (2)||-|
|2nd||19:35||STC||2-1||PP||Julia Tylke (1)||Lauren Hespenheide/1, Payge Pena/1|
|3rd||11:15||WIS||2-2||PP||Jenny Ryan (1)||Sarah Nurse/2, Presley Norby/1|
|3rd||15:14||WIS||3-2||EV GW||Sam Cogan (1)||Emily Clark/1, Annie Pankowski/1|
|3rd||19:10||WIS||4-2||EV EN||Sam Cogan (2)||Annie Pankowski/2|
|St. Cloud State||1||1||0||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||3||6||4||13|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (0-2-0)||1/3||3/6||0|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 2-0-0)||60:00||2||2||5||4||11|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Taylor Crosby (L, 0-1-0)||58:41||3||20||14||18||52|
ST. CLOUD-Sophomore goaltender Taylor Crosby and the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (0-2-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) gave No. 1 Wisconsin all it could handle in Saturday's series finale, taking a one-goal lead into the third period before a late power play goal spurred the Badgers to a 4-2 win.
Making just her second career start, Crosby showed impressive poise against the nation's top team, fueling the Huskies upset bid with 52 saves-tied for the sixth-highest single game total in program history. Her teammates could tell she was locked in early on and her coaches were impressed with her ability to track long shots into her body or glove and smother second chance opportunities.
"It has been awhile since I have played, so I just wanted to own the moment," Crosby said. "The nerves subsided with the excitement."
The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native saw action in only three games last sason, but said that the experience of backing up Katie Fitzgerald was invaluable in preparing her for the chance to compete for increased minutes this year.
"The past two years were a huge learning experience for me," Crosby said. "This year, I am going to take the chances I get and go from there. I saw how (Fitzgerald) carried herself and I learned from her what it takes to be prepared to play."
Behind Crosby's heroics-and goals from sophomore forwards Hannah Potrykus and Julia Tylke-St. Cloud State found itself leading Wisconsin, 2-1, halfway through the third period. The Badgers dashed SCSU's dreams of an upset, though, with three goals in the final 11 minutes. The turning point was a hooking call against junior forward Alyssa Erickson at the 9:38 mark. UW senior defenseman Jenny Ryan tied the game on the ensuing power play and sophomore Sam Cogan provided the game-winner just over four minutes after that before adding an empty netter to seal it.
"We killed penalties very well all weekend, but werent quite as sharp on that one," head coach Eric Rud said. "I think the pressure of the moment may have gotten to us a little bit and that cannot happen."
Powered by Tyle's goal just before the second intermission, Rud said the Huskies played maybe their best stretch of hockey in the opening minutes of the third before Erickson's penalty. St. Cloud State came into the final stanza with a lead and the excitement and energy level was apparent before Ryan and Cogan's goals popped the Huskies' bubble.
"We were frustrating them and it was hard for them to get up and get going," Rud said. "You can't sit back in a shell against a good team. You have to try to go win a hockey game when you have that opportunity."
Wisconsin dominated possession, boasting a 56-13 edge in shots on goal and out-attempting SCSU, 89-23. It was SCSU's willingness to do the "dirty work" that gave it the chance for a win.
"Our defensive play and willingness to do difficult things, like blocking shots, was outstanding," Rud said. "When you're playing a team like Wisconsin, they are going to get a lot of shots. We kept those shots to the outside, blocked them and competed, rather than just conceding a shot and letting them barrel over us."
Up next for the Huskies is a two-game home set against Merrimack on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Start times are 6:07 p.m. and 3:07 p.m., respectively. SCSU students with a validated and current student ID card are admitted free to all home athletic events.