MADISON, Wis.- Senior Daryl Watts scored her second goal of the weekend but it wasn't enough as the top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team suffered a 2-1 overtime setback to No. 4/3 Ohio State at LaBahn Arena on Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first period, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second after Riley Brengman scored a power-play goal, the first power-play goal UW has allowed this season.
Watts scored a goal late in the third to tie the game at 1-1 and eventually send the teams into overtime.
Ohio State scored halfway through the 3-on-3 overtime thanks to a goal from Liz Schepers to take two of a possible three points in the WCHA standings.
Three Notes of the Game
- Kennedy Blair made a UW-career high 37 saves during the overtime contest. The graduate transfer ranks eighth in the country in save percentage with a .954 clip.
- It marked UW's 3-on-3 overtime game at LaBahn Arena and the program's first loss in 3-on-3 overtime. UW was 2-0 in its previous 3-on-3 overtime tilts, including a win over Ohio State in last year's Fill the Bowl game.
- UW took the season series from the Buckeyes, taking seven of a possible 12 points against the Buckeyes after the two teams split their earlier series in Columbus.
Straight from the Rink
UW head coach Mark Johnson
On the time the team has spent together this season:
"We've had basically five practices in the short time we've been together. Four of our six games have been against Ohio State so it's been a good learning opportunity. It's a good visual for the players when they're playing and certainly on the bench watching the other groups go out there."
On what the team can improve on:
"There are some things we have to work on if we're going to make strides and try to improve here. Certainly the power play has to get better and try to create some more opportunities so when we get those in a game, especially today in the third period where you could have capitalized on one or two of those and maybe won the hockey game. But it's still early, it's something that we can continue to work on."
Senior goaltender Kennedy Blair
On what the team can work on:
"There were a lot of shots in front of me but I think our team did really well just blocking them when needed and getting in our zone. Obviously there are still a few things we need to work on but you think about it, this is only our sixth game of the season technically. We've progressed a lot over the last few weeks but we still have a lot of ways to go. I think we're getting in better shape each game too, so that really helps coming up with these next two games"
UW wraps up its homestand with a Border Battle against No. 2 Minnesota next weekend. Puck drop on both Jan. 15 and 16 is set for 2 p.m. and the games can be seen live on Big Ten Plus.