The No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team fought through some early adversity to open the season with a 3-2 victory Friday night at LaBahn Arena.
After Lindenwood (0-1-0) went up 1-0 a breakaway, Wisconsin (1-0-0) freshman Sophie Shirley found the net to make it a 1-1 split with 51 seconds to go in the period. Shirley’s goal was not only UW’s first of the season, but the freshman’s first-ever collegiate goal.
In the second period, the Badgers fell down 2-1 due to an empty-net mishap, but Wisconsin responded again. Sophomore Delaney Drake’s clutch put-back goal at the 5:59 mark tied the game back up at two apiece, putting the Badgers back in the driver’s seat.
Wisconsin rode the momentum swing the rest of the way, getting a missile of a shot from fifth-year senior Emily Clark that gave the Badgers a 3-2 lead with 9:45 left in the second.
Clark’s goal was her 21st career game winner and proved to be the dagger on the night, as Wisconsin preserved their lead for the first win of the season. The Olympian is now tied for fourth in school history in game-winning goals with Brooke Ammerman.
The Badgers wrap up their season-opening series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest against Lindenwood.
(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)