VAIL, Colo. - The Northeastern women's ice hockey team (5-7-1) took the No. 2 team in the nation to the brink before eventually falling to Wisconsin (9-2-0) on Friday night at Dobson Arena, 3-2.
Kelly Wallace and Tori Hickel each score power play goals for the Huskies, who were 2-of-3 on the man advantage, while the Badgers went 1-of-3 on the power play and outshot NU 36-25. Junior goaltender Chloe Desjardins made 33 saves in the losing effort while Ann-Renee Desbiens had 23 saves for UW.
After playing a scoreless opening 20 minutes, with Wisconsin outshooting the Huskies 7-5, the teams went back and forth during an exciting second period that saw NU pot two power play goals despite being outshot 16-10 in the frame.
Northeastern drew first blood 4:10 into the period when Wallace netted her sixth goal of the season, taking a feed from Katie MacSorley and firing home the puck to give the Huskies a 1-0 edge on just their fourth power play goal of the year.
Wisconsin struck back less than three minutes later, however, as Kelly Jaminski received a pass from Karley Sylvester and best Desjardins to make it 1-1 midway through the stanza.
With Madison Parker in the box for a bodychecking minor, Northeastern jumped back on top when Hickel netted her first goal of the year. MacSorley began the play by sending the puck up to Heather Mottau at the point. Mottau, patient with the puck, sent it back down low to Hickel, who blasted a shot through traffic and past Desbiens to give NU a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
The Badgers fired 13 shots on goal during the final 20 minutes, converting on two shots in the final seven minutes of regulation to skate out of Dobson Arena with the victory. The first came off the stick of Sarah Nurse with Wisconsin on the power play, beating Desjardins with an unassisted tally at the 13:01 mark of the frame.
The teams would shot for shot in search of the goal to break the deadlock, but it was UW that buried the eventual game-winner with 2:24 left to play as Jenny Ryan received a dish from Brittany Ammerman to sneak a shot past Desjardins for the score.
The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday when Northeastern battles St. Cloud State at 4 p.m. (ET).