Jan. 10, 2010

FARGO, N.D. - The Wisconsin women's hockey team pulled out a 2-0 victory Saturday night over North Dakota at the UP Center in Fargo, N.D. The Badgers got an early goal in the first period and sealed the win with an empty net goal in the final minute to split the series with the Fighting Sioux.

The Badgers improve to 13-6-3 and 10-5-1 in the WCHA to tie the Bulldogs with 21 points for second place. Wisconsin will fight for second place next weekend when they visit Minnesota Duluth.

Wisconsin opened the first frame outshooting the Sioux 13-12. Brittany Haverstock forced a turnover at the blue line and dumped the puck ahead to Brooke Ammerman who wound up for a slap shot that hit hard through UND's Jorid Dagfinrud and bounced over the goal line. The goal at 6:07 was Ammerman's 15th of the season.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second period, however, both teams fought off a 5-on-3 during the frame. Wisconsin kept North Dakota scoreless for 29 seconds while the Sioux had a two-man advantage. At the end of the period, the Sioux returned the favor while the Badgers had a 5-on-3 advantage for 11 seconds. Wisconsin outshot the Fighting Sioux 13-6 in the frame.

The Fighting Sioux added pressure in the third period in a final attempt to even the score. Wisconsin's Becca Ruegsegger turned aside all six of UND's chances to preserve the shutout.

For the second night in a row, Jasmine Giles picked up a last minute goal for her fourth of the season. With 1:06 left in regulation, the Sioux pulled Dagfinrud for an extra skater. Junior Geena Prough attempted to clear the puck when Giles picked it up with only one defender to beat before she skated to the open net and put it in with 36 seconds remaining. Last night, Giles stuffed in a rebound with 27 seconds on the clock.

Ruegsegger had 26 saves on the night for her second shutout of the season - both against North Dakota. Dagfinrud had 37 saves in the outing.

Both teams were scoreless on the power play over the weekend including 0-for-4 tonight for the Badgers and five chances for North Dakota. The Badgers outshot the Sioux 39-26 in the road victory.

The Badgers hit the road once again when they visit border battle rival Minnesota Duluth at the DECC on Jan. 16 and 17 in Duluth, Minn.