Princeton's rally comes up short, falls to Wisconsin

Princeton's rally comes up short, falls to Wisconsin

Princeton couldn't have set itself up for a bigger challenge - opening the season at No. 2 ranked Wisconsin - a team undefeated this season. The Tigers made the Badgers and their fans take notice, scoring the opening goal less than five minutes into the game and had them on their toes through the final buzzer in a tight 4-3 contest at LaBahn Arena.

Senior Karlie Lund, junior Carly Bullock and sophomore Annie MacDonald each scored, while freshman Sarah Fillier had two assists. Rachel McQuigge made 24 saves and had an assist in just her second career game.

Princeton's power-play wasted little time, converting on its first opportunity at 4:35 of the first period. Lund put the Tigers on the board, slipping a puck between the glove of Kristen Campbell and the near post. McQuigge outlet a pass to Bullock but she was taken down by two defenders just inside the zone. Lund was in perfect position to pick up the loose puck and drive to the goal for the score.
 
Sophie Shirley evened things up less than two minutes later with a backhanded saucer coming in from the corner. Abby Roque put the Badgers on top at 9:11 with a give-and-go transition goal with Shirley. Alexis Mauermann, who hit the pipe at the five-minute marker was able to find a seam after a face off was won deep in the zone to give her team a 3-1 lead after the first.
 
After a scoreless second period Princeton came out hungry in the third period.

Bullock inched the Tigers within one when she redirected a Fillier wrap-around shot. Freshman Mariah Keopple was also credited with an assist on the play.
 
The Shirley-Roque-Cogan line teamed up less than four minutes later capitalizing on a turnover in the neutral zone to push Wisconsin back up by two, 4-2.

MacDonald buried her first of the season when she grabbed a loose puck at the blue line, deked three defenders on her way to the goal and beat Campbell to make it 4-3 at 14:50.

Princeton kept pushing for the tying goal but wasn't able to get the extra attacker on before time expired.

McQuigge finished the game with 24 saves, while Campbell stopped 16.

Princeton was 1 for 2 on the power play and 2 for 2 on the penalty kill.

Princeton and Wisconsin will face off again on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at LaBahn Arena.