The Badger Lightning, a Baraboo-based girls hockey co-op, closed out the regular season with a 6-3 loss Friday to Brookfield at the Ponds of Brookfield Ice Rink.
The Lightning (1-15) were tied more than halfway through the game, scoring three consecutive goals to even the score midway through the second period.
Lizzie Patton got the first, scoring an unassisted goal 5 minutes into the second period. Patton assisted Bailey Babcock two minutes later, then Emily Patton and Ellie Goethel assisted Kaylee Engel to tie the game at 3 at the 9:14 mark.
But Brookfeld (7-16) flipped the momentum back around when Zoe Sternberg scored at the 11:28 mark to give the Glacier a 4-3 lead heading into the final period.
Badger was within striking distance until Brookfield’s Hadley Malcolmson and Sternberg scored at 8:28 and 13:33 to help the Glacier pull away.
Lightning goalie Natalie Buss made 21 saves in the loss, while Kristin Woodcock had 12 saves.
The Lightning made it through the season after having their first game of the year canceled on Nov. 17 due to not having enough players. They won less than a week later, pulling out a 10-3 victory over Medford at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena in Lake Delton.
The Lightning were shut out just four times this season and have scored at least one goal in each of their last seven games. Badger was shut out seven times last year and scored 23 goals in 20 games. The Lightning have scored 38 goals this season heading into Tuesday’s WIAA playoff game at the second-seeded Beloit Memorial co-op.
Beloit Memorial handed the Lightning a 12-1 opening-round loss last year. The Fury swept Badger during the Badger Conference season, handing the Lightning a 7-0 road loss on Dec. 11 and a 10-1 home loss on Jan. 8. The winner will move on to face the third-seeded Onalaska co-op or sixth-seeded Stoughton co-op.