MADISON, Wis. - It was close, but not quite as the Wisconsin women’s hockey dropped a 2-0 contest to No. 5 New Hampshire at the Kohl Center, Friday night.
In a defensive struggle, the Badgers outshot the Wildcats, 6-4, in the first period. Karen Rickard (Bowmanville, Ontario) had the first quality chance for the UW when Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.) hit the streaking forward behind the UNH defense. The junior skated in alone on Wildcat goaltender Jen Huggon, but missed the net with her shot.
Just past the midway point of the second period, the Badgers put pressure on UNH with Meghan Hunter (Oil Sprints, Ontario) getting stopped on a two-on-one and Sis Paulsen (Eau Claire, Wis.) getting stopped on an open shot from the right face-off circle shortly after Hunter. But the puck ended up near the blue line where a diving Lindsay Hansen beat a UW defender and got the puck to Allison Edgar. Edgar fed Chandy Kaip to send the Wildcats in on a three-on-one. Kaip’s first shot was stopped by UW’s Jackie MacMillan (Buffalo, Minn.), but Kaip got to the rebound and scored her ninth of the season at 11:01.
After the Wildcats controlled much of the second period and outshot the Badgers, 7-2, Wisconsin took control in the third period. A three-shot barrage started with a point shot by Engstrom, ended after a scramble in front and a whistle. A the last of the three UW shots bounced off the post before the puck was pushed out with the hand of a UNH defender.
The Badgers continued ther pressure, finishing the period with a 12-6 advantage in shots, but it was the Wildcats that found the net for the critical second goal. Kaip caused a turnover at the UW blue line and skated in on MacMillan. Hansen skated to the right of the goaltender and redirected Kaip’s pass inside the near post and behind the senior netminder for the 2-0 lead. The score came at 14:25 of the third period.
Both teams went scoreless on the power-play, with the Badgers unsuccessful on four attempts and the Wildcats failing on three opportunities.
MacMillan stopped 15 shots in the loss and fell to 12-6-4. Huggon made 20 saves to improve to 20-4-1.
Sixth-ranked Wisconsin (12-6-4) looks for a split against New Hampshire (20-4-1) when the teams complete their series tomorrow at the Kohl Center. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.