NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On opening night of the Country Classic, the second ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team tallied a 5-1 victory over Harvard Friday night at the Ford Ice Center in Bellevue.
After a scoreless first, senior Presley Norby put the Badgers (15-1-1, 8-1-1 WCHA) on the board, notching a top shelf shot on the Crimson (5-3-0, 5-0-0 ECAC) off a center ice pass by freshman Teagan Grant with 12:05 left in the second.
The last period proved to be where all the excitement was as Norby came back for seconds just two minutes into the third, backhanding a pass from junior Caitlin Schneider and junior Delaney Drake.
Harvard snuck one in at the 12:10 mark, but that didn't stop the Wisconsin rush.
Junior Daryl Watts added another for the Badgers off a two-on-one with senior Abby Roque at 5:56 in the third.
Tearing down the ice three minutes later, junior Brette Pettet scored a one-on-one on Harvard netminder Lindsay Reed to give UW a 4-1 advantage.
With just three seconds left in the game, senior Alexis Mauermann posted a fifth and final goal for UW, her third of the season.
Wisconsin outshot Harvard 57 to 15.
Three notes of the game:
- Junior Daryl Watts, the 2018 Patty Kazmaier Award winner, posted her sixth-straight goal in five games tonight as she continues to lead the country with 42 points.
- Senior Presley Norby posted her first two goals and points since Minnesota Nov. 2-3.
- The Badgers improved their all-time series against Harvard 8-1-0 and have won their last eight meetings.
Straight from the Rink:
UW Head Coach Mark Johnson
On the game:
"I just told the team, I thought for 60 minutes, it was probably our best game of the season. Obviously, we scored a couple goals. I just liked the way we played overall. We did a good job, had a lot of momentum throughout the entire game, so we're very pleased. We're very proud of them."
On the team:
"Our last three games, our first period has been good. We focused in on that task, and then we started to come out and establish something against an opponent you don't see very often. The first period was good and then we built on the second. We got only one in the second. It was still a tight game, but the effort was consistent throughout the entire thing, and that's really what I think was important."
Senior forward Presley Norby
On the game:
"It's huge to get out-of-conference wins for us and Harvard's not a familiar opponent, so I'm glad we played a full sixty minutes today. That was our goal. We built momentum throughout the game, and I think it was a good win for us."
The Badgers wrap up their weekend in Nashville against No. 8 Boston College Saturday in a 1 p.m. contest that can be seen live on LiveBarn ($). BC is coming off of a 2-2 tie against No. 1 Minnesota on Friday in the opening game of the tournament.