Despite a season-high four goals, including a hat trick from Lizzie Patton, the Badger Lightning capped off their home schedule with a 10-4 loss to Brookfield on Tuesday at Poppy Waterman Ice Arena.
Brookfield (11-13) never trailed, opening up a 2-0 lead when Zoe Sternberg and Hadley Malcolmson scored in the opening 10 minutes of the first period.
Patton got the Lightning (0-17) on the board with a power-play goal at the 11:10 mark of the first period.
The Glacier responded when Maddy Rudella scored at the 13:29 mark, but Patton answered with a goal at the 14:55 mark to pull the Lightning within 3-2.
Brookfield pulled away with two goals in the closing minute of the first period, as Sternberg and Malcolmson scored to give the Glacier a 5-2 lead entering intermission.
Emma Cairns and Sternberg added on early in the second period as the Glacier opened up a 7-2 advantage. The Lightning’s Allison Knull scored with 3:11 remaining in the second period to cut the deficit to 7-3.
The Glacier scored the first three goals of the third period to open up a 10-3 lead. Patton capped off her hat trick at the 13:17 mark of the third period, scoring off an assist from Bailey Babcock.
Lightning goalie Natalie Buss made 35 saves on the night, while Kristin Woodcock tallied 25 saves for the Glacier.
The Lightning, who had scored three goals in a game twice prior to Tuesday night, finished well above their season average of 1.1 goals per game.
The Lightning will close out the regular season with a trip to Viroqua on Saturday. The Lightning suffered a 7-1 home loss to Viroqua (9-11) last Thursday.
The Lightning are also seeded eighth in the WIAA tournament and will open regional play against the top-seeded Rock County Fury (18-3-2) on Feb. 16 in Janesville. The Fury swept the Lightning during the regular season, notching a 9-0 road win on Nov. 30 before recording an 8-0 home win on Jan. 8. The winner will advance to take on the fourth-seeded Onalaska co-op (11-11-1) or fifth-seeded Middleton Metro Lynx (7-14) on Feb. 20.