DULUTH, Minn. — Senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) led Wisconsin with two goals and one assist as No. 1 Wisconsin (23-2-0, 17-2-0 WCHA) defeated No. 6 Minnesota Duluth (12-7-2, 10-7-2 WCHA) by a score of 4-1 in front of 1,639 fans at AMSOIL Arena Friday night.
Duggan’s three-point game extends her current point streak to 21 games (Oct. 22-present), setting a new Wisconsin program record for longest individual point streak.
Junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) and sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) each tallied two points on one goal and one assist. Decker scored her eighth game-winning goal of the season.
Duggan put the Badgers on the board late in the first period to give UW a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission. Decker gained control of the puck at the blue line and quickly flipped it to Duggan who streaked past the Bulldog defense and beat Harss from low in the slot.
The Badgers increased their lead midway through the second period when sophomore Saige Pacholok (Edmonton, Alberta) fed the puck to Knight, who then found Decker just outside the crease. Decker’s shot beat Harss stick-side to give UW a 2-0 lead at the 8:30 mark.
Late in the second period, Knight was able to convert to give Wisconsin a 3-0 lead on her seventh power-play goal of the season. Duggan found an open Knight after getting the puck from junior Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.).
The Badger defense held the Bulldogs off the scoreboard until the 11:45 mark in the third period. Rigsby made the initial save on the play but Elin Holmlov buried the rebound to make it 3-1.
With 1:21 remaining, Duggan put the game away with her second goal of the night. The senior captain tallied an empty-netter to cap the 4-1 win for Wisconsin.
The Badgers outshot the Bulldogs, 26-21. Freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) made 20 saves and improved to 16-1-0 with her eighth-straight victory in net. Minnesota Duluth’s Jennifer Harss gave up three goals on 24 shots, as she fell to 3-2-2 on the season.
UW will wrap up the season series with Minnesota Duluth on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT). Fans can follow all the action live from the AMSOIL Arena with the Gameday Blog.