2020-21 WCHA Game Recap

Senior forward Daryl Watts scored the game-winner with 3:15 remaining for the Badgers
Late Watts Goal Pushes Wisconsin Past Minnesota State, 3-2
Senior forward Daryl Watts scored the game-winner with 3:15 remaining for the Badgers

MANKATO, Minn. --- The Minnesota State women's hockey team battled back to tie the game twice against #1 Wisconsin before falling, 3-2, in the final minutes of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played, Saturday.

Minnesota State (2-6-1, 2-6-1 WCHA) and #1 Wisconsin (2-1-0, 2-1-0 WCHA) played a tight game that never saw more than a one-goal deficit.

The Badgers got on the board first 9:39 into the opening period when Grace Bowlby delivered a pass from the UW defensive zone to find a streaking Makenna Webster. Webster took the ice-long feed for a breakaway and beat MSU netminder Calla Frank between her legs to make it 1-0 Badgers. At the 15:47 mark of the first, freshman forward Sydney Langseth tied the game at one by scoring her third goal of the season with a chip shot past UW's goaltender, Kennedy Blair. The goal was made possible via a nice back-door feed from Tristen Truax. Claire Butorac supplied the secondary assist with the offensive zone entry and hand-off pass to Truax.

The second period saw the Badgers reclaim the lead, 2-1, when freshman centerman Casey O'Brien cleaned up a rebound shot by her wing partner, Britta Curl, 15:52 into the middle period. UW carried the one-goal lead into the second intermission.

Mavericks senior center Brittyn Fleming tied the game, 2-2, 10:26 into the third. Fleming's third goal of the season came unassisted after a UW turnover led Fleming across the neutral zone and down to the top of the right face-off circle where she took a shot that snuck under Blair's arm and trickled into the net. After a slashing penalty on MSU put UW on the power play with 3:36 remaining in regulation, the Badgers capitalized on the opportunity 21 seconds later to take their third lead of the afternoon. Daryl Watts scored the eventual game-winner off a rebound courtesy of a tipped shot from Sophie Shirley that Frank initially kicked wide.

UW claimed the shots advantage 30-20. Frank, now 1-4-1, made 27 saves. Opposing netminder Blair, now 2-1-0, stopped 18 shots.

UW got each of the game's four power play chances and used the final one to win the game. Ultimately, they went 1-for-4 with the man advantage, Saturday.

Tomorrow, Minnesota State and #1 Wisconsin square off again in the final game of the weekend series with a 2:07 p.m. face-off at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.

Game Summary

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Game statistics
30 Shots 20
1 / 4 Power Plays 0 / 0
0 / 0 PIM 4 / 8
2-1-0 Records 2-6-1
Wisconsin Minnesota State
Makenna Webster (1)
Sydney Langseth (3)
Casey O'Brien (1)
Brittyn Fleming (3)
Daryl Watts (2)
3rd/16:45 PP GW
Wisconsin Minnesota State
Kennedy Blair
60:00, 18 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 2-1-0)
Calla Frank
60:00, 27 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 1-4-1)