MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin women's hockey senior Annie Pankowski scored a pair of highlight-reel goals, including the overtime winner in the No. 1 Badgers 3-2 win over Harvard on Friday night at LaBahn Arena.
Pankowski and junior Presley Norby scored for Wisconsin (14-1-0, 7-1-0-0 WCHA) in UW's series-opening victory.
After falling behind early in the opening period, 1-0, the Badgers fought back. On a penalty kill in the first, UW fired the puck down the ice to run time off.
Pankowski followed the action, stealing the puck from an advancing Harvard skater to fire in the short-handed goal past the netminder that tied the game with 16:47 left in the first.
The 1-1 tie would not last long, as junior Presley Norby scored her fifth goal of the year off a beautiful feed from senior linemate, Sophia Shaver, to put Wisconsin on top, 2-1, at the 12:28 mark of the first.
UW held it's one-goal advantage until late in the third period when Harvard evened the game up 2-2 with 1:15 left remaining.
In a dramatic back and forth overtime, Pankowski came up clutch again for Wisconsin. With just under two minutes left in overtime, Pankowski, in the same fashion as her first goal, intercepted the puck from a Harvard defender and went top shelf to win the game for the Badgers.
Play of the Game
Annie Pankowski was a game-long highlight reel herself. The senior scored twice off of steals in the victory with the first coming as UW trailed 1-0 in the first period. The Laguna Hills, California, native pursued the puck on an early first period penalty kill, pickpocketing the puck from a Harvard skater to deliver a goal with 16:37 left in the period.
The second, and biggest goal for Pankowski came at the 3:06 mark of overtime, as the right winger stole a pass from a Harvard skater before going bar down to score her 76th career goal, which ranks eighth in school history.
Three Notes of the Game
- Kristen Campbell earned her 14th win of the season, stopping 14 of the 16 shots she faced.
- The Badgers won the shots on goal battle, outshooting Harvard 50-16. It marked the second-straight game UW had 50 or more shots on net in a game.
- Pankowski's first period goal was her seventh career short-handed goal, moving her to fourth all-time in Wisconsin women's hockey history.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On responding to adversity and deficits:
"In the third period we played really well and created some opportunities. Their goaltender played really extremely well and they capitalized on their opportunity late in the game to tie it and we had a nice response with a goal by Annie in overtime."
On Annie Pankowski's determination and play:
"If you're watching the game for the first time and you didn't know much about our team, you'd say, oh that 19 is a good player, why? Because she's always around the puck, she scored a short-hander and then she got the overtime winner and had multiple other chances. When she's playing well and playing her game, she's very difficult because she's strong with the puck and she's got a very very hard shot."
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On her overtime goal:
"I think from a team standpoint we had been battling all game and that goalie was just hot, so I think we had a lot of momentum going into overtime and that those extra five minutes were really all we needed put the pressure on them a little bit and put one home."
On handling frustration:
"In a game like that there's really nothing you can do and you just have to fight that frustration. I think honestly from a bench standpoint it was awesome. Every time we came back to the bench it was good job, nice try, you're going to get one, the next one's yours, stuff like that. That coming from everyone on the bench is really awesome as a team."
On the determination in her play:
"Those little battles away from the puck are not something you can turn on and off and you can't just decide to start doing that come playoffs or down the stretch. For me, that's a big thing I've been focusing on all year and I think as a leader on this team I really hope it's rubbing off on all of our players. If we have everybody doing those little things and hunting the puck afterwards, this team is going to be unstoppable."
The Badgers cap off the series with an 8 p.m. matchup against Harvard on Saturday at LaBahn Arena. The game is an hour later than the originally scheduled start time of 7 p.m.