2020-21 WCHA Game Recap

Junior forward Sophie Shirley scored two goals for the Badgers
Wisconsin Rallies To Earn Weekend Sweep With 4-2 Win At St. Cloud State
Junior forward Sophie Shirley scored two goals for the Badgers

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Nine days after joining the top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team, Lacey Eden made her presence known on Saturday, scoring a game-winning goal with 1:17 left to lead the Badgers to a 4-2 win at St. Cloud State.

Eden took a feed from Badgers (8-2-0, 8-2-0-1) senior Caitlin Schneider and buried the puck past SCSU (3-9-1, 3-9-1-0 WCHA) netminder Emma Polusny to give UW its first lead of the afternoon.

St. Cloud State took an early 1-0 lead, its first of the weekend as they capitalized on a Badger turnover.

However, Shirley scored her second of the weekend with 35 seconds left in the first to tie the game at 1-1.

St. Cloud took advantage of a five-minute power play to take a 2-1 lead at the 12:16 mark, but Shirley came to the rescue again for UW, tying the game up with less than four minutes to go in the second frame.

After Eden gave UW a lead with a minute remaining, Daryl Watts scored a fourth one to seal the deal for Wisconsin.

Three Notes of the Game

- Watts not only extended her point streak to 10 games on Saturday, but she also tallied her 100th career goal. The 2018 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner leads the NCAA in scoring with 21 points.

- Wisconsin extended its winning streak against St. Cloud State to 27 games and has outscored SCSU 30-2 in the last four games.

- Goaltender Kennedy Blair had 21 saves on 23 shots. She currently leads the WCHA with eight wins and is second in the NCAA.

Straight from the Rink

Freshman forward Eden Lacey
On the win:

"It feels good to put one home at the end, especially after a really back and forth game. It's not the way that we wanted it to go but we got it done and it's always good to have that."

On takeaways from the game:
"We can never take our opponents lightly, we have to be going every single second of every single game. That's it."

Up Next:

UW will have a weekend off of competition next weekend before hitting the road again to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to take on No. 2 Minnesota Feb. 5-6.

Game Summary

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Game statistics
45 Shots 23
0 / 2 Power Plays 1 / 3
3 / 17 PIM 2 / 4
8-2-0 Records 3-9-1
Wisconsin St. Cloud State
Jenniina Nylund (4)
Sophie Shirley (5)
Mckenna Wesloh (1)
2nd/12:16 PP
Sophie Shirley (6)
Lacey Eden (3)
3rd/18:43  GW
Daryl Watts (11)
3rd/19:36  EN
Wisconsin St. Cloud State
Kennedy Blair
60:00, 21 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 8-2-0)
Emma Polusny
59:18, 41 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 2-5-0)

Empty Net
0:42, 1 GA