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Clark's OT goal lifts No. 1 Badgers over No. 7 Golden Knights

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POTSDAM, N.Y. (Per UW Athletics) – Junior Emily Clark scored a minute into overtime to give the top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team a thrilling 3-2 victory of No. 7 Clarkson on Friday afternoon at Cheel Arena.

Clark helped the Badgers (4-0-1) complete the comeback against the Golden Knights (2-2-1) as UW trailed 2-1 heading into the final period of play in Potsdam, New York.

"I knew it was going to be a good test for us,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "They’ve got a lot of confidence and they were excited for us to come play them. So you put all those things together and I knew it was going to be a tight game."

Clark delivered the game-winner after sophomore Sam Cogan fed her the puck in front of the CU net. The goal marks the Clark's third goal of the season, and her second-game winner.  Clark is now tied for 11th in program history with senior Sarah Nurse with 13 career game-winning goals.  

“They’re a tough team to play, so it’s easy to get a little frustrated when pucks aren’t going your way,” Clark said. “But it definitely felt amazing getting that goal at the end."

The Badgers got on the board first, as Sarah Nurse’s backhand shot put the puck past CU goaltender Shea Tiley. Senior captain Sydney McKibbon got the assist after feeding Nurse the puck in the high slot. 

The Golden Knights came back hard, however, and capitalized on their first power play of the game as forward Loren Gabel scored the equalizer for Clarkson

During the second period, Clarkson gained the lead after a shot from the point deflected off Cayley Mercer’s stick and into the net, which gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 advantage over the Badgers after 40 minutes of play.

"I think at the start of last year we had a lot of success and kind of pulled away from teams early,” Clark said. “This year we’ve had a lot of tougher opponents so we’ve faced a little more adversity. Getting in the habit of getting used to the challenge and keeping our energy up is key."

Outshooting Clarkson 41-23 throughout the game, the Badgers tallied 19 of those shots in the third period as they came out with renewed energy and intensity. Halfway through the third, Cogan found herself in a familiar position as last weekend, scoring the tying goal to force overtime for the second-straight time this season.

The third-period strike gave Cogan her fourth goal of the season as she has now scored all four of her goals in the third frame.

“I’m happy I can contribute to the team, but I think I’ve got to get those goals in a little bit earlier so that they’re not last-minute goals,” Cogan said. "I’m hoping that in the next game, or in my future, I’ll be getting those goals a little bit sooner. But I’m still happy I can contribute in any way I can.”

Looking for their first overtime win of the year, the Badgers wasted no time, with Clark’s goal coming less than two minutes into extra play.

Wisconsin looks to carry its momentum into Saturday’s series finale with Clarkson. Puck drop is slated for 2 p.m. CT.

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