Lady ’Jackets win 5th straight
The University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s hockey closed out the regular season with a 3-2 overtime win over Northland College Wednesday night at Wessman Arena.
First-year forward Kaleigh Martinson scored 27 seconds into OT to break a 2-2 tie and send the Yellowjackets (12-13) to their fifth straight win, which follows a six-game losing streak.
Leah Elledge assisted on the game-winning goal.
The teams traded goals through regulation, starting with Northland (4-21) taking a 1-0 lead on Samantha Scott’s power-play goal 10:12 into the first period.
UWS answered when junior forward Jessica Marsalla netted her third goal of the season at 14:54 of the first, getting an assist from sophomore Sam Westgaard.
The Yellowjackets held a 13-8 advantage in shots on goal in the first period and then again 17-4 in a scoreless second period.
UWS took a 2-1 lead 21 seconds into the third period when Molly Shelton scored on a breakaway.
Northland tied the game again at 2-2 when Ally Covert scored from the point with 11:02 remaining in regulation.
Senior Kim Kobar had 19 saves for UWS and Chloe Marshall made 41 saves for Northland.
The Yellowjackets will now take an overall record of 12-13 into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference O’Brien Cup Tournament, which begins Feb. 24 at UW-River Falls.
Northland.................... 1..... 0 1 0 — 2
UW-Superior................ 1..... 0 1 1 — 3
First Period — 1. NC, Samantha Scott (Ashley Hammes), 10:12 (pp). 2. UWS, Jessica Marsalla (Sam Westgaard), 14:54.
Third Period — 3. UWS, Molly Shelton, 0:21. 3. NC, Ally Covert (Vivienne Kallio), 8:58.
OT — 5. UWS, Kaleigh Martinson (Leah Elledge), 0:27.
Saves — Chloe Marshall, NC, 12-17-12-0—41. Kim Kobar, UWS, 7-4-8-0—19. A—158.
For the second time in three weeks Thomas Udenberg was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.
Teammate C.J. Pillath has earned the other four of the six honors thus far in the 2016-17 indoor track & field season, as the Yellowjackets have yet to concede the award.
Udenberg, a senior from Cloquet, was among the UWS athletes to compete twice last week. At the Showcase meet hosted by St. Thomas on Friday evening, Udenberg placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 14.97 meters.
At Saturday’s Yellowjacket Open Udenberg won the event with a mark of 16.14 meters: a number that puts him atop the UMAC chart and ranks him 18th in NCAA Division III.
Udenberg also placed 10th in the weight throw Saturday.
UWS will compete at the Bemidji State Beaver Twilight at 3 p.m. today.