MADISON, Wis. - The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team battled to a 1-1 draw against No. 10 Ohio State on Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd at LaBahn Arena.
The Badgers (28-4-1, 18-4-1-0 WCHA) got off to a fast start on the power play Friday night thanks to top-shelf blast from junior Abby Roque just 8:43 into the contest.
Despite an intense back-and-forth second frame, no pucks found the net in the period. Badgers junior goaltender Kristen Campbell was electric in the second, making multiple saves on a penalty-kill late in the frame.
Ohio State (18-12-1, 12-10-1-1) got on the board in the third grabbing a goal with just over 12 minutes left in the period to tie things at one apiece.
After a deadlock in overtime, the Buckeyes grabbed the extra point in the WCHA standings with a 1-0 shootout victory.
Three Notes of the Game
- Wisconsin continued its stretch of first period dominance Friday, outshooting the Buckeyes 15-5 and took a 1-0 lead. This season the Badgers are 48-12 in the opening frame against opponents, the second-best mark in the NCAA.
- The Badgers outshot the Buckeyes, 53-24 in Friday's game.
- Kristen Campbell stopped 23 of the 24 shots she faced and lowered her NCAA-leading goals-against average to 1.12.
Straight from the Rink
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
Thoughts on the game:
"I thought we had opportunities and chances, that is all you can ask for. We did have a few missed breakaways. It is part of the game, we had 50-plus shots and had those opportunities to get a lead, but we were never able to do that."
On the line match ups:
"We were just looking for scoring opportunities, trying to create them as both teams were playing chess and not giving much either way. The pace of the game was really high both ways. It was a good hockey game.
Junior Abby Roque
On the frustration of the ending:
"Yeah, it is tough. We definitely out played them and played a good game. I think at the end of the line we had 53 shots, but they were quantity not quality. It is obviously disappointing and down the line we are going to have to put those pucks away and be able to score in these situations."
On her power-play goal:
"I think they were just trying to block the shots from up high and they left me alone down there assuming we would shoot from out high. The goalie was on a post, so I figured I'd shoot it. It was good we got that one. The first thing I thought was 'pass' per usual, but after a second a realized she wasn't under post so I figured I should shoot while I still can."
The Badgers complete the regular season with the series-finale against Ohio State on Saturday at 3 p.m. in LaBahn Arena. Before the game, UW will celebrate its senior class. Fans are advised to arrive early for Senior Day festivities and with the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament going on at the Kohl Center.