The women’s hockey team picked up their fourth road win of the season against the 3-13 Laurier Golden Hawks.
This was the first time the Badgers met the Hawks after winning an exhibition game 3-0 in September.
Annie Berg has had a slow first half of the season, not scoring until November 21. Since then, however, Berg has scored four goals in six games, now leading the team in points. Her momentum continued, with Berg scoring first for the Badgers at 14:38 in the first period. After Laurier lost the puck after a missed pass, it landed on the stick of Hunter Accursi who chipped it up to Berg, giving her a breakaway.
Berg has an almost perfect backhanded shot that very few goalies seem able to counter; it’s her go to move on a breakaway and it’s what put the Badgers on the scoreboard.
The Badgers started the second with the lead but it didn’t last long. Carly AuCoin scored for the Hawks, tying things up at one.
It’s safe to say that the Badgers would have had an easier time coming back to score if it weren’t for the efforts of Golden Hawks goaltender, Cohen Myers. Myers stopped 30 of the Badgers’ shots and has a .922 save percentage. On the other hand, it can be said that the Hawks might have been able to find another opportunity to score if it weren’t for Jensen Murphy’s 29 saves. Murphy is second in the league when it comes to save percentage with a .943 and first in the league when it comes to saves with 399 over the course of 14 games.
Murphy is going to have to stay in mid-season form if she and the Badgers want to make a run in the playoffs this year.
The Badgers were able to run away with it in the third. Paige Cohoon, a sophomore defender, intercepted a pass from the Golden Hawks’ defence. Mishayla Christensen, who had just come onto the ice in a line change, called for a pass and found the space she needed to create a breakaway. Cohen Myers made the initial save but couldn’t stop the flying puck as it rebounded off her own equipment.
Three of the Badgers’ first year players connected for the final goal of the game. Mikayla Flanagan put them up 3-1 on the power play. Assists went to Mishayla Christensen and Avery Vickers.
These three freshmen, along with Emma Irwin, have been some of the most impressive Badgers to watch thus far. Iriwn, Flanagan and Christensen all have seven points and Vickers provides some much needed defense to the team that usually relies on their goalie for that sort of thing.
The rookies are shining despite not having any official captains on the team. They make the mistakes that young players do, but they’re also always watching and learning from the older players.
More and more, it seems like this team is going to belong to it’s freshmen.
The Badgers return to action Thursday night in Toronto to take on the Ryerson Rams, before returning home on Saturday to host the Toronto Varsity Blues. Puck drop for Saturday is 7:15 p.m. at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.