After ending the second period in a tie, the University of Wisconsin-Superior women's hockey team found their collective footing and scored three times in the third period to cap a dominating performance in a 4-1 win over Northland College Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Wessman Arena.
C.C. Hayes led the way for the Yellowjackets, scoring three times to record her first collegiate hat trick. Hayes now has four goals in the last two games.
Northland got the first break. Just over five minutes into the hockey game, Robyn Matula took a shot from a sharp angle that got past Yellowjacket goaltender Catherine Johnson to put the Lumberjills in front.
The 1-0 lasted until the closing minutes of the second period. That's when Hayes picked up her first goal of the game, driving the net from the right wing and banging in a rebound of a Jenna Curtis shot to tie the game 1-1 at 17:55 of the period. Despite owning a 26-2 edge in shots on goal in the second, the Yellowjackets were forced to go to the locker room tied 1-1 after 40 minutes.
At 7:51 of the third period the Yellowjackets pulled ahead for good. Amber Heidenreich took a shot from the slot that appeared to hit Northland goaltender Gabby Suhr in the mask, and the rebound came to Myka Sutherland who scored her first collegiate goal to make it 2-1. Mandy Tomlinson also got an assist. Hayes scored her second of the game at 14:04, tapping in a loose puck after Suhr misplayed it to make it 3-1. She finished off the hat trick by scoring into an open net at 17:28 to make the final score 4-1.
The Yellowjackets outshot the Lumberjills 56-14. After seeing a lot of pucks in her first four starts of the season, Johnson had it a little easier Tuesday, being forced to make just 13 saves to pick up her first win as a Yellowjacket. She is now 1-4-0. At the other end Suhr made 52 saves for Northland.
The Yellowjackets (2-4-0, 0-1-0 W.I.AC.) return to conference play when they host UW-Stevens Point in a two-game weekend series. The first game is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Wessman Arena.