Nov. 7, 2009

 

Courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics

MADISON, Wis. -
The sixth-ranked Badgers (6-4-0) sealed a 3-2 overtime victory over Robert Morris (4-6-0) to split the series 1-1 Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

Both of Robert Morris’ goals were scored while on the power play (2-for-7), while Wisconsin saw one goal with the man-advantage (1-for-3).

Wisconsin went on the scoreboard late in the first period when junior Kelly Nash (Bonita, Calif.) sent the puck to freshman Stefanie McKeough (Carlsbad Springs, Ontario). At the 15:42 mark, McKeough took a shot from inside the left circle and from in front of the crease; senior Emily Kranz redirected the shot past Colonial goaltender, Daneca Butterfield, to give Wisconsin the 1-0 lead.

With 9:12 left in the second period, from behind the blue line, Robert Morris’ Jamie Joslin sent the puck into the net to tie the game at 1-1. Brianna Delaney and Jacki Gibson tallied the assists.

Just a few minutes later at the 13:28 mark, freshman Saige Pacholok (Edmonton, Alberta) centered the puck to Mckeough between the left face-off circle and the blue line. With the man advantage, McKeough powered a shot into the crease and Nash redirected it to give the Badgers the 2-1 lead going into the third period.

In the third period, once again, the Colonials tied the game when Brianna Delaney brought the puck from behind the goal line to sneak it past UW’s goaltender Alannah McCready.

Wisconsin saw its first overtime action of the season and it was an exciting one. Just 1:17 into the overtime period, Robert Morris was granted a penalty shot after hooking was called on a breakaway. McCready made the pad save as Brianna Delaney went low on her shot.

UW finally sealed the victory when junior Mallory Deluce (London, Ontario) took a shot from near the left circle. Butterfield made the initial save, with the puck bouncing out in front of the crease. Sophomore Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) capitalized on the deflection, sending the puck into the back of the net to record the 3-2 win.

Despite the close score, Wisconsin maintained the puck for the majority of the contest, outshooting the Colonials 37-22.

“It was a pretty exciting game, it was end-to-end,” Interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I thought the momentum shifted back and forth in the third period, which was too bad because I thought we controlled the game for the most part, especially through the second period. I think the main factor was that we had a short bench today (with three Badgers sitting out) and so the fatigue started to show in the second half of the third period. We were tired, but I give them credit for battling through the distractions and continuous attacks.”

Wisconsin’s McCready saw action for the third time of the season, boasting 20 saves to improve to 2-1-0. Butterfield finished with 34 saves in net for RMU.

This is the fourth time Wisconsin has split a series. The only other time this did not occur was on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 when the Badgers swept Minnesota.

The Badgers close out the homestand with Wayne State in the first of a two game series on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

Allison Metcalf

Wisconsin Athletic Communications