Minnesota defeats No. 1 Wisconsin
Badgers’ unbeaten streak ends at 32 games with 3-2 loss
MADISON, Wis. -- No. 3 Minnesota upset No. 1 Wisconsin 3-2 on Sunday, the Badgers' first loss since November 2010. The loss ended the Wisconsin's 32-game unbeaten streak, and it was Minnesota's first win at the Kohl Center since 2007.
Minnesota improved to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in WCHA play, while Wisconsin moved to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0.
Minnesota got on the scoreboard first, with junior defenseman Megan Bozek scoring a goal just over 11 minutes into the game. Bozek took a long shot from the blue line, getting it past Badger goalie Alex Rigsby. Junior Sarah Davis had the assist for Minnesota. Bozek's goal was her third this season.
Shots were 13-8 in favor of the Gophers in the first period, and Minnesota held Wisconsin scoreless in the first, keeping its 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.
The Gophers made it 2-0 on a goal by freshman Meghan Lorence five minutes into the second period. Lorence's linemates Sarah Erickson and Amanda Kessel had the assists. The goal was the third this season for Lorence, who was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week for her performance against St. Cloud State last weekend.
Just a minute later, Wisconsin got on the board with a goal from senior Brooke Ammerman. Brianna Decker and Carolyne Prevost were credited with assists. Wisconsin gained momentum after scoring, and was helped by three Minnesota penalties. In the second period, Wisconsin outshot Minnesota 15-7.
Wisconsin tied up the score at 2-2 on a Brooke Ammerman goal, but Minnesota responded with a goal of its own by sophomore Amanda Kessel. Sarah Erickson had the assist, putting the Gophers up 3-2 with 11 minutes to play. Minnesota managed to stay out of the penalty box in the third period, and outshot Wisconsin 10-4 in the last period.
Minnesota goalie Noora Raty made some stellar saves, keeping Minnesota ahead by a goal. With just under two minutes left, Wisconsin was called for icing, forcing the Badgers to keep their goalie in the game with the puck in their zone. With 56 seconds left in the game, Wisconsin pulled Alex Rigsby out of its net to add a sixth skater, but couldn't score.