No. 1 Minnesota storms back in the third to beat Wisconsin in semifinals
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Minnesota rallied past Wisconsin in a 5-3 come-from-behind win to advance to the 2014 NCAA Women's Frozen Four national championship game at Quinnipiac's High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Sports Center on Friday evening.
Minnesota (38-1-1) scored three unanswered goals in the third period, rallying from 3-2 and 1-0 deficits, and sophomore Amanda Leveille tied her career-best with 34 saves as Wisconsin (28-8-2) outshot the Gophers 37-28 for the game.
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Minnesota finished 2-for-3 with the man advantage, and the Gophers held the Badgers scoreless on their lone power-play opportunity.
The Gophers trailed 1-0 after one period and 3-2 after two periods but rallied in the third period with three goals to advance to their third consecutive national championship game.
With a 16-7 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Brittany Ammerman scored an unassisted tally at four-on-four with 1:22 remaining in the period, and Leveille kept the game tight with 15 saves in the opening 20 minutes.
Minnesota then took a quick 2-1 lead on second-period goals by Terry and sophomore Maryanne Menefee. Terry put the Gophers on the board when she pounced on the rebound of a shot by linemate Cameranesi just 33 seconds into the period, and Menefee buried a feed from Terry on the back door at 2:12.
However, Wisconsin fired back with two goals to take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. Katy Josephs scored at 16:20 before Karley Sylvester regained the Badger lead with 31 seconds remaining in the middle frame.
The Gophers rallied in the third period, beginning with a power-play goal by Brandt to tie the game at 3-3 at the 5:37 mark of the third period. Junior Rachael Bona scored the eventual game winner on a highlight reel goal assisted by senior Sarah Davis at 8:06 before senior Baylee Gillanders ripped a blistering shot past UW goaltender Alex Rigsby with 2:28 remaining to seal the Gophers' national semifinal victory.
With the win, Minnesota extends its current unbeaten streak to 26 games at 25-0-1.