MADISON, Wis. — Minnesota completed its first season sweep of Wisconsin since the 1999-00 season with a 5-1 win on Sunday. The victory goes down as senior Noora Raty’s 100th of her career and ties her with former Mercyhurst goaltender Hillary Pattenden for the NCAA record.
The Maroon & Gold snatched at 1-0 lead seven minutes into the first period when senior Becky Kortum intercepted a pass between two Badgers in the Wisconsin defensive zone. She then flung a shot top shelf past Alex Rigsby’s glove side for her 11th of the season.
Wisconsin answered just five minutes later as Madison Packer wrapped a power-play goal around a sprawled out Raty.
Before the end of the first Minnesota reclaimed the lead on a special team goal of its own. Freshman Hannah Brandt controlled a rebound off a Megan Bozek shot and slipped it by Rigsby to go up, 2-1.
In the second, Kortum set up another goal for the Maroon & Gold as she carried the puck into the Wisconsin defensive zone and dished off to junior Kelly Terry. She flicked the puck over the goaltender’s stick-side shoulder for the score.
Terry’s goal was the only goal for either team in the period. The Gophers took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission and held a 23-14 shots on goal advantage.
The Badgers came out strong in the final period and challenged Raty in the first few minutes. Accompanied by a defensive unit that blocked a number of shots, she deflected all nine shots in the period. She recorded a total of 23 saves in the game while allowing just one goal.
Gophers Rachel Ramsey and Megan Bozek each scored a goal to reach the final score of 5-1.
The Maroon & Gold extended their NCAA-record winning streak to 34 games.