ARLINGTON, Va. — Junior Sam Cogan and sophomore Abby Roque scored goals, but the top-ranked University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 3-2 to Northeastern on Friday afternoon in its first game of the D1 in D.C. tournament.
Sophomore Kristen Campbell, a transfer from North Dakota, suffered her first career loss with UW in 17 outings (16-1-0), stopping 15 of the 18 shots she faced. UW outshot the Huskies 41-18, including a 32-8 advantage in the final 40 minutes.
“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities and their goaltender played real well,” UW coach Mark Johnson said of Huskies freshman Aerin Frankel, who posted a career-high 39 saves.
The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak for UW (16-1-0), which was the fourth-longest streak in school history.
“We hadn’t played in a couple of weeks, so the first period was just OK,” Johnson said. “They had a power-play goal and a nice deflection. Second period we played really well, and just couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities. Their goaltender played well, and stuff happens.
“We can practice, but competition is different than practice. Even so the first period was OK, we had a couple opportunities and it was back and forth.”
The Huskies (8-7-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring a power-play goal in the first period before capitalizing on a UW miscue behind its net for a goal early in the second.
Cogan cut the deficit to one with her fourth goal of the season, scoring on a rush thanks to a great feed from sophomore Presley Norby. But Northeastern took a 3-1 lead in the third as Codie Cross scored, sneaking past the UW defense after spending time in the penalty box.
The Badgers would not go down without a fight. Roque scored with 5.3 seconds remaining to make it a one-goal game.
“Over the course of the season you’re going to get bounces. Other teams are going to get bounces and they’re not always going to go your way and when the goaltender plays really well and has over 40 saves,” Johnson said. “The nice thing is the last 40 minutes, we played well and had great opportunities. We just didn’t capitalize enough on our opportunities. That’s part of the business.”
Wisconsin 0 1 1 — 2
Northeastern 1 1 1 — 3
First period: N — Brand 8 (Krizova, Fontaine), pp, 5:15.
Second period: N — Sullivan 2 (Pettey), 1:04; W — Cogan 4 (Norby, Mauermann), 15:09.
Third period: N — Cross 1 (MacMillan, Sullivan), 9:50; W — Roque 6 (Drake, Steffen), 19:54 (ex).
Saves: W (Campbell 9-2-4) 15; N (Frankel 9-15-15) 39. Power play: W 0-for-5, N 1-for-3. Penalties: W 3-for-6, N 5-for-10.