2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Junior forward Brette Pettet registered a goal and two assists for the Badgers
Wisconsin Secures Top Seed in WCHA Postseason Tournament With 4-1 Win Over Minnesota Duluth
Junior forward Brette Pettet registered a goal and two assists for the Badgers

DULUTH, Minn. - The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team scored four goals in the final 40 minutes to take down No. 9 Minnesota Duluth 4-1 Friday night at AMSOIL Arena.

With the victory, the Badgers (27-4-2, 17-4-2-1 WCHA) clinched at least a share of the WCHA regular-season title, the program's eighth crown, and the top seed in the upcoming WCHA tournament.

UMD (16-10-5, 11-8-4-3 WCHA) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first as the Bulldogs got a bouncing shot past senior netminder Kristen Campbell.

However, UW turned the tide in the second, scoring twice in the middle frame.

Sophomore Sophie Shirley scored her WCHA-leading 27th goal of the year 55 seconds into the second to knot the game at 1-1.

Six minutes later, junior Grace Bowlby scored her third of the season on a Badger power play, beating Bulldog netminder Maddie Rooney high to give UW a 2-1 advantage.

UW scored twice in the first four minutes of the third as junior Daryl Watts lifted a backhander past Rooney before junior Brette Pettet put the game out of reach.

Three Notes of the Game:

- The Badgers dominated the last 40 minutes of action outscoring UMD 4-0 while outshooting the Bulldogs 30-11.

- Brette Pettet led UW with three points while linemates Daryl Watts and Sophie Shirley also enjoyed multi-point contests.

- Kirsten Campbell earned 17 saves to pick up her 23rd win which is tied for the most in the WCHA and ranks second in the country.

Straight from the Rink:

Head coach Mark Johnson
On the start of the game:

"We didn't look so good in the first period. We just had to compete harder, and we had to work harder. They were better than us in those two areas, and they seemed to have energy. We didn't have much energy; I'm not sure why.

On clinching the first round of the WCHA:

"We had the tie-breaker, so that means we don't play next weekend. We're in pretty good position. This time of the year, we need to continue making progress and playing well. It's a little different than we normally do, we're taking tomorrow off."

Junior Brette Pettet​​​​​​​
On what changed in the second:

"The bottom line is we didn't come out off the start and compete, and even ____ knows. If we're not competing then it's not going to go our way. so we sat there in between the first and the second and looked in the mirror and said we have to come out here and outwork them. I think we did that in the second period.

On clinching the first round of the WCHA:

"I think it's awesome. People don't always realize how long the season is and how hard it can be, but i think it's definitely worth it. It puts a smile on your face when you accomplish something like this. I'm really excited to see where we can go.

On Sunday's matchup:

"I expect another good game. They're a good team. They came out hard. They definitely battle and compete hard. We need to come out in the first shift and make sure we're ready to go off the bat."

Up Next:

UW wraps up its regular season at Duluth with a 2 p.m. showdown Sunday at AMSOIL Arena. The game can be seen live on FloHockey or on channel 27.3 in the Madison area.

Game Summary

Friday, February 21, 2020

Game statistics
32 Shots 18
1 / 5 Power Plays 0 / 1
2 / 4 PIM 5 / 10
27-4-2 Records 16-10-5
Wisconsin Minnesota Duluth
Ryleigh Houston (4)
Sophie Shirley (27)
Grace Bowlby (3)
2nd/6:09 PP GW
Daryl Watts (23)
Brette Pettet (12)
Wisconsin Minnesota Duluth
Kristen Campbell
60:00, 17 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 23-3-2)
Maddie Rooney
60:00, 28 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 15-10-5)