A tough opening period of play got the best of the Badger Lightning girls hockey team on Thursday when the Lightning traveled to Sun Prairie and fell to the Cap City Cougars 8-2 in a Badger Conference contest.

Cap City (6-1-1, 2-0 Badger) had control right out of the gates, outshooting the Lightning 13-6 in the first period as the Cougars’ potent offense translated into four straight goals. Mesa Meyer scoring the first of the night at the 2:37 mark, while Carson Sheridan scored the second about a minute later to make it 2-0 early.

Meyer scored again at 7:19 before Lauren Bliefernicht made it 4-0 late in the period.

The Lightning (0-6 overall, 0-4 Badger) were able to limit Cap City’s shot count in the second, but the Cougars still pushed three across to take a 7-0 lead. Zephryn Jager scored at the 3:43 mark, followed by Sheridan at 4:22 and Taylor Shaw at 8:31.

The Lightning finally got on the board late in the period, when Lizzie Patton found the back of the net off assists from Tierney Andres and Bailey Babcock.

Badger’s Emily Patton found the back of the net to start the final frame, scoring 48 seconds in off a pass from Babcock. Cap City’s Sydney Spatola scored late for the game’s final goal.

Lightning goaltender Natalie Buss stopped 27 shots, while Cap City’s Taylor Thornton and Madeline Rubrich combined for 11 saves. The Lightning will travel to Somerset today to take on the Western Wisconsin Stars.

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