In the first border battle of the 2019-20 season, the No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (10-1-1, 4-1-1 WCHA) lost the series to the No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-1-1, 6-1-1). The series was long and hard fought with the Badgers surging forth in the second leg of the matchup in order to secure a tie on their record.The Gophers opened the series with a 4–2 victory over the Badgers despite finding themselves behind in the matchup early on. Forward Daryl Watts opened up scoring for the Badgers in the sixth minute of the first period with assists by Abby Roque and Sophie Shirley.While the Gophers took took their time to respond, respond in force they did. Each team remained scoreless for over 20 minutes following Watts’ goal before Minnesota decisively took the lead. Two goals — scored within two minutes of each other — from Minnesota’s Sarah Potomak and Grace Zumwinkle gave the Gophers a leg up roughly midway through the second period.The Badgers failed to gain a foothold in the game throughout the rest of the second and third periods. The Gophers added an additional two goals early in the third period, effectively ensuring their victory in the first half of the border battle. Presley Norby scored in the last five minutes of the game, but it was too little too late for the Badgers.Perhaps the most important factor in the Badgers’ first loss of the season was an uncharacteristically poor performance from senior goalkeeper Kristen Campbell. Campbell allowed a total of four goals on just 17 shots on target, accruing a save rate of only 65%.Women’s Hockey: Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry best in college sportsSeparated by 273 miles of hate, Minnesota and Wisconsin have always been bitter rivals in athletics. For most, the biggest Read…Despite their failures, the Badgers still had another shot at redemption as they prepared for Sunday’s matchup against the Gophers. While the Badgers stayed in contention for the entirety of the game this time, the result wasn’t much better.The Gophers jumped out to an early lead in the first period with a goal from Taylor Heise. Much like the first matchup of the series, scoring would slow down for a significant period of time after the opening goal. Neither team managed to put any more points on the board until Wisconsin’s Britta Curl scored the Badgers’ first goal of the game.Both the Gophers and the Badgers would score one more goal before the end of the period, knotting the game up at 2–2. Two overtime periods later, the competitors remained deadlocked, forcing a decisive shootout to end the game. Women’s Hockey: Daryl Watts’ journey from Boston College transfer to Wisconsin starDaryl Watts started playing hockey around the age of 4, following in the footsteps of her older brother Jackson. Little Read…While the last matchup of the first border battle officially goes on each team’s record as a tie, the Gophers defeated the Badgers in the ensuing shootout. This no doubt added a certain sting to the end of the series despite the fact that it had no implications on the record of either team.After defeating the Gophers last year to claim the national title, the Badgers certainly had a target on their back all throughout the off-season. The Gophers came to play, and with their victories they jumped the Badgers to takeover the No. 1 spot in national rankings. There exists little doubt that the Badgers have the next border battle, this time at LaBahn Arena, circled on their calendars.
Comments In a scoreless game midway through the first quarter, Connecticut lined up for a penalty corner. Abby Gooderham’s shot deflected off of two Syracuse defenders and under goalie Borg van der Velde’s pads. As the ball dribbled out, midfielder Jamie Martin and back Roos Weers repeatedly swung at it. They never completed the clear. Instead, Connecticut’s Jessica Dembrowski converted, sinking the ball into the back of the cage. This defensive error, along with two others throughout the game, overshadowed an otherwise strong defensive game by the No. 10 Orange in a 3-0 loss to No. 1 Connecticut Sunday afternoon at J.S Coyne Stadium.For the majority of Sunday’s loss, Syracuse’s defenders contained a potent offense. The Orange cleared odd-man rushes and deflected shots away from the cage and goalie Borg van der Velde. Untimely defensive errors where what plagued Syracuse in its second consecutive loss.“Statistically, we were dead even,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “It’s a matter of taking big moments and learning from them, which we will.”Connecticut (6-0), didn’t overpower Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) with their offense like it has previous opponents. The Huskies average more than four goals per game, and have scored under 3 goals once. On Sunday, they tied the Orange in shots with six apiece and had what Bradley described as a nearly equal time of possession.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the second half, freshman back Sasha Bull’s pass in from the sideline never made it to a Syracuse stick. Pieper intercepted the pass and carried the ball forward. Moments later she reverse hit the ball into the top portion of the Syracuse goal.“It happens,” Weers said regarding Bull’s turnover. “It’s up to me to ask for the ball there in the back, but like I said, it happens. Initially, I wasn’t too happy, but I just had to give her confidence, and she bounced back immediately.”The third UConn goal was similar to its first. With just over a minute left, Gooderham’s shot on the penalty corner was saved by van der Velde. The rebound bounced off of Weers’ shin and onto the stick of Svea Boker’s stick, and her diving shot found the back of the cage.“You have to box out, it’s just like basketball, and not stand up and watch it,” Bradley said regarding her team’s difficulty with clearing rebounds at times during the game. “When you have a 24- or 25-year-old Olympian, you can’t give a wide open shot to somebody like that.”With the exception of these three error, however, the Orange defenders didn’t allow the Connecticut attackers any open pathways to the cage. Less than 2 minutes after her turnover, Bull broke up a centering pass on a Connecticut attack, knocking the ball out of bounds off of a driving Husky. Bull and Weers, along with junior back Claire Webb, played all 70 minutes in the game.The bright spots against a top team are what excites Bradley headed into the ACC schedule.“It’s a learning moment,” she said. “Connecticut’s the gold standard, they haven’t lost a game in 29 games now, dating back to 2016.“We’ve got more opportunities in front of us, and we’ve just have to get out there on our own, practice, and get better,” Bradley continued. “This is an opportunity of where do we want to get in November.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @CraneAndrew