The Badger Lightning left no doubt Thursday night.
The Baraboo-based girls hockey co-op rolled to a 5-1 Badger Conference win at Beaver Dam.
The teams felt each other out early on, with Beaver Dam’s Dayna Jones and Reedsburg’s Kaylee Engel each scoring first-period goals to send the teams into intermission tied at 1.
The Golden Beavers (0-8, 0-4 Badger North) were shut out the rest of the the way, while Baraboo senior Ellie Goethel gave the Lightning (2-8, 1-5 Badger Conference) control with two second-period goals. Engel and Baylee Babcock added third-period goals to cap off the win.
The Lightning gave up a season-low one goal, as goaltender Kaitlin Elder made six saves.
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The Baraboo co-op ended a six-game losing streak dating back to a 7-5 home win over Medford on Nov. 30. The Lightning won their first Badger Conference game since 2016-17, when they went 4-18, including 2-8 in conference play.
The Lightning will host Viroqua on Jan. 14 at Poppy Waterman Ice Arena. Viroqua notched a 6-3 win over the Lightning in the season opener on Nov. 22.
The Baraboo/Portage boys hockey team postponed Thursday night’s home game against Beaver Dam until Jan. 28 due to sickness hitting the Baraboo/Portage team.
The Jan. 28 Badger North Conference game will serve as senior night for Baraboo/Portage, which will recognize Josh Beale, George Fitzwilliams, Will Gunnell, Dane Hinz, Justin Kufner and Cameron Logan.
The Thunderbirds are scheduled to return to action with Saturday’s home non-conference game against Black River Falls.
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