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Yellowjackets report: Garner gets it done for UWS

Feb. 11—SUPERIOR — Junior forward Kaylin Garner had a starring role down the stretch for Wisconsin-Superior on Saturday night, Feb. 10, scoring the tying goal late in regulation and the winning goal in overtime as the Yellowjackets defeated Wisconsin-Stevens Point 3-2 in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at Wessman Arena.

UWS's sweep of the weekend series with the Pointers gives them a chance to pass UWSP for third on the last weekend of the regular season with a win of any kind in two games vs. last-place Northland.

UWS fell behind twice Saturday, first on a second-period power-play goal that Jenna Hoops canceled out less than two minutes later and second on a Courtney Leising tally late in the second period that made it 2-1 Pointers at the second intermission.

UWS found itself still trailing late when Garner struck for her first goal of the game and fifth of the season with 2:56 to play. Just 35 seconds into the overtime, it was Garner again for the win.

Rose Beeman made 26 saves for the Yellowjackets (6-16-1, 3-5-1 WIAC), who'll play their first of two games against Northland in Superior on Friday night, Feb. 16.

Wisconsin-Superior will enter the WIAC men's hockey tournament on a three-game losing streak and on a bus after a 4-2 loss to Wisconsin-Stevens Point plus a Wisconsin-River Falls win put the Falcons ahead of the Yellowjackets in the final standings.

UWS was competitive with the league-champion Pointers in their home rink for the second time in as many nights, taking a 1-0 lead on Dusty Bergstrom's goal 9:28 into the first period. They made it 2-1 when Justin Dauphinais scored with 1:40 left in that frame.

However, UWSP scored three unanswered goals to finish off the game, taking the lead on Mick Heneghan's goal 4:45 into the third period.

UWS (11-13-1, 6-8-1 WIAC) couldn't take advantage of a 45-33 edge in shots on goal thanks to 43 saves from Pointers goalie Alex Proctor. Kobe Grant made 29 saves in the UWS net.

UW-River Falls beat last-place Northland 4-1 in Ashland on Saturday night to take over fourth place in the WIAC and home-ice advantage for their first-round series with the Yellowjackets, which begins on Friday in River Falls.

Eighteen points and four 3-pointers from Elise Besonen helped Wisconsin-Superior close in on an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference women's basketball championship after the Yellowjackets dumped Crown 71-53 on Saturday in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.

UWS (15-8, 11-1 UMAC) now leads the conference by two games with two to play.

The Yellowjackets never trailed on Saturday, though the Polars were only down 31-26 at halftime and didn't lose contact for good until UWS started the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run.

In addition to Besonen's efforts, Erika Mattson scored 14 points and Katie Dobson 10. UWS increased its field-goal percentage in all four quarters, finishing 27-for-52 (52%) for the game.

UWS, winners of seven straight, can clinch the top seed in the league tournament with a win at Martin Luther on Friday night, Feb. 16.

Wisconsin-Superior punished a slow-starting Crown team, turning a game-opening 16-3 run into a 79-61 UMAC victory on Saturday, Feb. 10 in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.

The host Polars missed their first nine shots and finished the first half 9-for-33 (27%) from the field and 1-for-11 (9%) from outside the arc. That led to a 24-5 deficit at the halfway point of the first period and a 41-23 gap at halftime. Crown never got closer than 13 points in the second half.

Josef Fahrenholtz led UWS with 17 points, while J'Vaun Walker was an efficient 7-of-9 from the field for 15 points.

UWS (16-7, 8-4 UMAC) passed the Polars in the UMAC standings with the win and is now alone in second place going into the final weekend of the regular season, which would allow them to play a home semifinal in the league tournament. The Yellowjackets play at Martin Luther on Friday, Feb. 16.