NASHVILLE - The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team used a balanced attack to take down No. 8 Boston College, 5-3, on Saturday to end the Country Classic with a perfect 2-0 record.
The Badgers (16-1-1) stormed the ice in the first period taking a three-goal lead from under the Eagles (11-4-2) as Sophie Shirley's shot was deflected into the Eagles' net.
Sophomore Britta Curl snagged the puck out the air just two minutes later to snipe a goal passed BC goaltender Maddy McArthur from the corner.
With a good screen and 1:18 left in the first, senior Abby Roque placed a perfect top right shelf power-play goal off an assist by Shirley.
The Badgers let two goals sneak passed them in the second leaving the period to the Eagles but not for long.
Junior Delaney Drake came back in the third to post her first goal of the season from the left off a pass by senior Presley Norby with just 8:42 left in the game, earning her a three-point weekend.
Boston College followed with a power-play goal three minutes later before pulling McArthur to leave room for Watts to steal an extra empty netter with just six seconds to go.
Senior Kristen Campbell stopped 23 shots on goal to give the Badgers their second win in the Music City.
Three notes of the game:
- Senior Abby Roque now holds 104 assists and 148 points with the Badgers, earning her 11th place in program history for points, just eight behind former Badger Jinelle Zaugg (2004-08).
- The 2018 Patty Kazmaier Award winner junior Daryl Watts posted a three-point weekend and now has 44 points through 18 games.
- Wisconsin improved to 7-0-0 against Boston College and have outscored the Eagles 35-11.
Straight from the Rink:
UW head coach Mark Johnson
On the game:
"It was good. Had a great first period. That's about four or five games now where the first period has been strong. We had a 3-0 lead and then faced a little adversity in the next forty minutes, but as we talked about entering the third period, we need to be comfortable in those settings. You got a goal lead. You need to be comfortable. They need more games like that the rest of the season. So I thought we did a good job even though we gave up the power-play goal late in the game. But it was a good win. It was a good weekend. BC lost a couple kids to injuries, and we were able to just stay on them and get the victory."
On the rest of the season:
"Well we just played two good opponents. Obviously BC is a top-ten team, and from the big picture it really helps out. I tell the team at the end of the game, every game is a learning opportunity. We're going to take some things away from tonight's game, learn from them and try to get better."
Senior forward and alternate captain Abby Roque
On the game:
"We started really well, and I think it's because of that, at the end of the game we started scoring. We loosened up a little bit and we started really well. In the second, I wouldn't say we really died, we just got some bad bounces, some simple plays, and then we kind of picked it up after a couple penalty kills to regain our momentum, and I think that's really where we started to get it back in the third."
The Badgers wrap up the 2019 calendar year with a home series against Minnesota Duluth at LaBahn Arena. Puck drop on both Friday and Saturday is set for 7 p.m.