The top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team dropped its first game of 2020 Saturday with a 3-2 setback against Bemidji State at the Sanford Center.
Sophomore Sophie Shirley and junior Caitlin Schneider each scored goals for the Badgers (21-2-1, 11-2-1-0 WCHA), but it was not enough to best the Beavers (12-11-1, 7-7-0-0 WCHA).
The first period was one to forget for the Badgers, as BSU built a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from junior Clair DeGeorge and senior Abby Halluska.
Wisconsin tied the game at 2-2 midway through the second period scoring two goals in a spectacular 62-second span.
Shirley scored her second of the weekend and her 21st of the season on a power play with 13:44 left in the second off a pass by linemate junior Daryl Watts.
With a down ice two-on-one seconds later, Schneider beat BSU goaltender Lauren Bench with a clean snipe from senior Presley Norby's pass to tie things up at 2-2.
The even scoreboard lasted didn't last long, as DeGeorge beat UW netminder Kristen Campbell to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Wisconsin dominated play in the final frame outshooting BSU 17-3 but were unable to tie the game.
After a weekend free of games, the Badgers will return home to LaBahn Arena to take on Border Battle rival Minnesota Jan 25-26.
--UW-Madison Athletic Communications