The Lindenwood Lady Lion’s ice hockey team had redemption on their minds when the #3 ranked Wisconsin badgers came into town.
Last season LU lost to Wisconsin by scores of 13-0 and 11-0. This year the team was determined to have a better showing against one of the nation’s top teams.
“The team is more mature as we grew from a 14 rookie roster last year to just a handful this year,” said LU team captain Brett Lobreau. “This year we have a little more depth on the bench, were rolling the lines that want to play and work as hard as they can.”
Friday night’s game started with a bang for LU. The Lady Lions scored two goals in the first four minutes of the game.
A defensive error by UW led to Kendra Broad scoring the first goal of the night for LU. Assistant captain Allysson Archibal added a second goal for LU less than a minute after the first.
Brianna Decker and Kelly Jaminski both added goals in the first period for UW. The score was knotted up at two goals apiece at the end of period one.
The second period turned out to be much more one-sided. LU couldn’t continue their momentum from the first period due to a lot of key penalties.
“We took something 100% positive, and turned it in to something only 50% positive with penalties,” said LU head coach Vince O’Mara.
UW seemed to take advantage of the power plays and storm past LU, despite their quick start.
“They had a lot of energy, it was their home opener,” said UW head coach Mark Johnson. “A lot of little things can make a big difference, and I like the way we responded.”
Two of UW’s three goals in the second period came on the power play. “They are one of the best for the reason,” said O’Mara. “When you play a team like that, you’ve got to stay out of the box.”
At the end of the second period the Badgers had taken a 5-2 lead into the locker room.
The third period was the same story as the second for LU, who were plagued by penalties and simple mistakes once again. Brianna Decker and Karley Sylvester each added power play goals in the third.
LU could never catch up as the Badgers went on to win 7-2. The Badgers outshot LU 41-22 throughout the game. UW also out shot the Lady Lions 19-2 on power plays.
“We took the lead for granted,” said LU defenseman Chelsea Witwicke. “But, I think we improved a lot since we played against Ohio State.”
The Lady Lions look to improve even more as they take the ice against Minnesota State next weekend.