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Yellowjackets report: One goal enough for UWS women's hockey

Feb. 9—SUPERIOR — It was a bad night to be a latecomer to Wessman Arena but a good night for the Wisconsin-Superior women's hockey team, which snapped a 13-game losing streak and defeated Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1-0 on Friday, Feb. 9.

The game's only goal came 64 seconds after the opening faceoff of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game, from Hibbing/Chisholm alum Maddie Rewertz. Emma Booth and Gaby Andreacchi claimed the assists.

That turned out to be the game's only goal thanks to a 32-save effort from UWS goaltender Rose Beeman, the senior's first shutout of the season and sixth of her career. It was UWS's first win since a 3-2 decision over St. Scholastica on Nov. 21, 2023.

The win pulls UWS (5-16-1, 2-5-1 WIAC) within two points of the Pointers for third place in the five-team WIAC standings. The teams meet again in Superior on Saturday night, Feb. 10.

After scoring late in the second period, the Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team had 20-plus minutes to find an equalizer but couldn't on Friday night as league champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point held on for a 2-1 WIAC win in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on Friday, Feb. 9.

Dawson Sciarrino gave the Pointers the lead early in the second period and Cody Moline doubled it with about five minutes left in the frame. Tyler Ryder pulled UWS within one just a minute later, but the rest of the second period and all of the third passed without a goal, as UWSP held a 13-8 advantage in shots in the third period and 36-27 for the game.

Jack Boschert made 34 saves in the UWS net.

The Yellowjackets (11-12-1, 6-7-1 WIAC) find themselves two points ahead of Wisconsin-River Falls for fourth place and a first-round home series when the WIAC playoffs begin next week. UWS can clinch a postseason return to Wessman Arena with a win of any kind or a River Falls loss of any kind at last-place Northland.

Four scorers in double figures helped Wisconsin-Superior fend off its closest rival in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference standings for a 66-64 road win at Minnesota Morris on Friday night, Feb. 9.

UWS led by as many as 12 in the third quarter, but the Cougars went on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 48 two possessions into the fourth quarter. Erika Mattson and Elise Besonen scored back-to-back layups to put UWS back out front, but UMM took a one-point lead on Grace Perry's 3 with 5:48 to play. Elsa Olson scored for UWS on the other end and the Yellowjackets made it stick, making six free throws in the final two minutes.

Besonen led the way with 14 points for UWS (14-8, 10-1 UMAC), which now leads the conference by two full games. Mattson and Emily Dehler scored 13 points apiece. The Yellowjackets were 25-for-59 (42%) from the field.

UWS can clinch at least a share of the regular-season championship with a win Saturday, Feb. 10 at Crown.

Wisconsin-Superior finished on fire Friday, turning a double-digit deficit deep into the second half into an 11-point win, 70-59 over Minnesota Morris in UMAC play on Friday, Feb. 9 at Minnesota Morris.

The Yellowjackets ran into a Cougar squad that shot 16-for-29 (55%) from the field in the first half and led 38-26 at halftime, but held the hosts to 7-for-27 (26%) in the second half while outscoring them 44-21.

UWS was still down 11 with 6 minutes to play, but the Cougars scored their last field goal of the game with 6:57 remaining. UWS went on a 13-1 run in less than 3 1/2 minutes to take the lead with 2:52 to go and kept going from there. When the dust settled, UWS had scored the game's last 19 points and 23 of the last 24.

Reid Johnson scored 21 points off the bench to lead UWS, while Josef Fahrenholtz finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

UWS (15-7, 7-4 UMAC) remains in a three-way tie for second in the league and will face one of the teas with which it is tied, Crown, on the road on Saturday, Feb. 9.