Freshman defenseman Julia Unterseher assisted on both of the visitors' goals as the Lake Forest College women's hockey team prevailed 2-1 at St. Norbert College Friday night. The victory extended the Foresters' current unbeaten streak to a program record 13 games.
Passes from Unterseher and Fanning got the puck to sophomore forward Amy Budde six minutes into the third period. Budde was able to sidestep a defender near the blue line, skate into the offensive zone, and blast the puck past the glove of the Green Knight goaltender for what proved to be the game-winning score. She leads Lake Forest with 14 goals this season
St. Norbert had taken the early lead on a power play goal at the 11:39 mark of the opening period. The home team had a slight 7-6 edge in shots on goal in the game's first 20 minutes and both teams put seven shots on target in the second. The Knights outshot the visitors 14-5 in the final period but Forester freshman goaltender Jacque Rogers stopped all 14 to earn the victory and improve to 10-1-0 on the year. Rogers now ranks third in the nation in winning percentage, fifth with a 1.09 goals against average, and 18th with a .942 save percentage.
Lake Forest has won its last four games after a tie with the College of St. Scholastica on January 14 snapped an eight-game winning streak. The current unbeaten streak is a game longer than the one posted by the 2012-13 team, which recorded 12 consecutive victories. The Foresters had a pair of 11-game unbeaten streaks last season.
Friday night's triumph improved the Foresters' overall record on the season to 17-2-1 and lifted the sixth-ranked team in the nation's Northern Collegiate Hockey Association mark to 11-1-1. St. Norbert fell to 4-15-1 overall and 2-10-1 in the league.
The same two teams will face off against at St. Norbert Saturday at 4:00 p.m.