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No. 3 Badgers drop close battle to Bemidji State at LaBahn

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MADISON, Wis. --The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team dropped a 2-1 decision to Bemidji State on Saturday at LaBahn Arena.

Wisconsin (17-4-2, 13-4-2-0 WCHA) had their chances, outshooting Bemidji State 41-30, but could not sneak a second goal past Bemidji State netminder Brittni Mowat, who made 40 saves for the Beavers (14-10-1, 9-9-1-1 WCHA) in the win.

“We created some real good scoring opportunities, but their goaltender played well and made saves when she needed to,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “Our power plays probably have to be a little bit better to get some goals in there. It's about concentrating, focusing and bearing down when you get the puck in that scoring area.

“It seemed like no matter what we threw at them they had an answer for them tonight.”

Both teams found the back of the net in the first period. Seven minutes into initial frame, Hanna Moher scored for the BSU to put the visitors up 1-0.

The Badgers responded, as sophomore Sarah Nurse scored a beautiful breakaway goal with three minutes to go in the frame to knot the game at one. Jenny Ryan and Sydney McKibbon earned assists on Nurse's ninth goal of the season.

“Well Sarah (Nurse) took off and she scored a nice goal,” Johnson said. “She probably could have had three goals there in the first period. She had a couple breakaways and overall that line of Nurse, McKibbon and (Baylee) Wellhausen played pretty well.”

Wisconsin dominated the first frame, outshooting BSU 13-5.

Both teams were held scoreless in the second, but Bemidji State found the back midway through the final frame as Emma Terres scored her first goal of the season to put the Beavers up 2-1.

The Badgers had numerous chances in the period, generating 17 shots on net, but could not force overtime against the Beavers.

Ann-Renée Desbiens fell to 14-4-2 this year as the sophomore made 28 saves in the loss.

Wisconsin and Bemidji State meet again on Saturday at 3 p.m. at LaBahn Arena.

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