Sara Durst

An inexperienced Badger Lightning team is undergoing a transitional year for the program under first-year head coach Sara Durst.

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Warbirds/Beaver Dam Co-op 12, Badger Lightning 1

After holding the Warbirds/Beaver Dam co-op scoreless in the first period, the floodgates opened in the second frame.

The Warbirds scored seven goals in the second period on their way to a dominating win over the Badger Lightning Friday, Dec. 1. Junior forward Alyssa Heim recorded a hat trick for the Warbirds, who had a total of nine skaters score goals on the night. Senior goaltender Rebecca Avalos turned aside 15 of the 16 shots she faced.

For the Badger Lightning (0-4-0), sophomore goaltender Natalie Buss made 40 saves on the Warbirds’ 52 shots. Sophomore defenseman Ellie Goethel scored the team’s lone goal 12:38 into the second period.

Rock County Fury 9, Badger Lightning 0

In their third game of the season, the Lightning were shut out in their home opener at Poppy Waterman Ice Arena Thursday, Nov. 30.

Freshman forward Anika Einbeck put the Fury on the board 2:57 into the game, part of a four-goal first period for Rock County. They would strikes four more times in the second period and tacked on one final goal in the third.

Senior forward Zoie Steig and senior defenseman Dani Heitsman each scored two goals for the Fury. Steig also added two assists to lead all skaters with four points. Senior goaltender McKaylie Buescher stopped all 11 shots she faced. For the Badger Lightning, sophomore goaltender Natalie Buss made 32 saves against 41 shots on goal.

Madison Metro Lynx 11, Badger Lightning 3

A six-goal first period powered the Lynx past the Badger Lightning Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the Madison Ice Arena.

Junior forwards Sierra Berg and Haley Meskin both recorded hat tricks for Madison Metro, with each scoring two goals in the first frame. Both Berg and Meskin also added three assists to finish with a game-high six points. Senior forward Vivian Hacker had one goal and four assists as well for the Lynx.

The Badger Lightning fared much better after the opening stanza, scoring two goals in the second period and one in the third. Sophomore forward Kaylee Engal got them on the board 56 seconds into the second frame, with senior forward Bergen Brandt adding a power-play goal with 3:37 remaining in the period. Junior forward Lizzie Patton tallied one more 3:48 into the third period to cut the deficit to 8-3 before the Lynx scored the final three goals of the game.

Lakeshore Lightning 7, Badger Lightning 2

Junior forward Kiia Paljakka’s huge night proved to be the difference in the Lakeshore Lightning’s season-opening win over the Badger Lightning Friday, Nov. 17.

Paljakka scored five of Lakeshore’s seven goals on the night in their 7-2 win. Senior forward Lauren Waraska and junior forward Paige Weir each tallied goals as well for Lakeshore, while freshman goaltender Kami McCardle saved 24 of the 26 shots she faced.

Junior forward Lizzie Patton gave the Badger Lightning an early lead with a goal 2:30 into the game. However, Lakeshore would score seven unanswered goals throughout the game until sophomore forward Kaylee Engal’s goal with 8:00 remaining in the third period. Sophomore goaltender Natalie Buss made 30 saves against 37 shots.