First-period goals from Olympians Jesse Compher, Caroline Harvey spark Wisconsin women’s hockey win over St. Cloud State

MADISON – The response was impeccable.

The Wisconsin women’s hockey entered Saturday fresh off a draining loss to St. Cloud State in the much-anticipated Fill the Bowl game at the Kohl Center. And 6 minutes into play the Badgers found themselves down a goal to a Huskies program seeking its first sweep of the Badgers in 22 years.

Eighth-ranked UW overcame those hurdles in convincing fashion, posting a 3-2 victory over the fourteenth-ranked Huskies in front of a sold out crowd of 2,273 at LaBahn Arena.

“We knew yesterday we played a good hockey game, but it’s going to come down to who’s scoring more goals, who’s willing to be gritty and get into those dirty areas,” senior Jesse Compher said. “I think that once we went down one goal today, we knew we’re a better team than they are, we just have to pick it up and show it. We had a really good response and I’m proud of our team for that.”

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Compher and Caroline Harvey, a freshman, were part of the United States Olympic team last year and Saturday they both finished with one goal and one assist as did freshman Laila Edwards to help Wisconsin score its third comeback win over a ranked opponent this season.

Sophomore Jane Gervais had nine saves, including one in the second period worthy of ESPN play of the day consideration.

The victory was the ideal sendoff for Wisconsin (21-8-1, 17-6-1 WCHA) heading into the final two week