The Gophers women's hockey team had an 11-game winning streak come to an end in Nashville last Saturday.
Heading into this weekend's series at top-ranked and defending national champion Wisconsin, Gophers senior forward Abigail Boreen said the Gophers' 2-1 loss to Colgate was "not a bad thing. We take the loss as a learning [experience]. We just have to regroup."
Gophers coach Brad Frost said that despite the loss, "the trip was fun. We played really well against Mercyhurst [last Friday]. The game against Colgate was one of the most interesting I've seen — 14 penalties on the two teams through two periods. It was a battle of special teams. It would have been nice to win. We can always get better."
Boreen agrees that the Gophers can improve, "at not getting penalties. But, our penalty-kill was good."
This weekend's series (BTN Plus) between the No. 5 Gophers (12-4, 7-3 WCHA) and Wisconsin (15-0-1, 11-0-1) will feature two of the top four offenses in Division I women's hockey.
The Gophers are fourth in goals scored (68) while the Badgers are third (80). The Badgers have outscored their opponents 80-14.
The Badgers opened the season with 12 consecutive victories before the winning streak ended with a 0-0 tie against Bemidji State at home. The Badgers won the shootout to earn the extra point, then defeated the Beavers 8-1 the next night. The Badgers then swept St. Thomas in St. Paul, 7-1 and 5-1, before being idle last weekend.
The Badgers have three players with at least 10 goals — Casey O'Brien (16), Makenna Webster (14) and Daryl Watts (11).
Watts was named a first-team All-America last season after leading the WCHA in goals, points, game-winning goals and plus/minus.
"She's gifted," Boreen said. "You have to be aware of her when she's on the ice."
Frost said the Badgers "are what we expected. They're a good team and well-coached."
Badgers defenseman Grace Bowlby, a senior from Edina, has contributed 14 points (one goal, 13 assists). She also was a first-team All-America last season.
Boreen, a Wisconsin native who played at Hill-Murray, has eight goals — matching her 2020-21 total — and 13 assists in 16 games this season.
- Senior center Taylor Heise — Boreen's linemate — was named the Hockey Commissioners Association' national player of the month for November. She had eight goals and eigh this season.