Last Updated 5:10 PM, November 20, 2022

No. 3 Wisconsin topples No. 1 Minnesota women's hockey in pivotal Game 2

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10:05 pm, November 20, 2022

FINAL: Down goes No. 1! Badgers take Game 2 😤

Four different skaters found the back of the net, and No. 3 Wisconsin women’s hockey knocked off No. 1 Minnesota with a 4-1 win in a pivotal series finale on Saturday.

The win marks a 1-0-1 weekend for the Badgers, who took four of six possible points in a crucial WCHA series after the Golden Gophers took the extra conference point in Saturday’s 3-3 tie.

Graduate defender Nicole LaMantia, sophomore forward Sarah Wozniewicz, freshman forward Kirsten Simms and graduate forward Jesse Compher each scored for Wisconsin (11-2-1, 8-1-1 WCHA), while sophomore forward Lacey Eden had two assists.

Redshirt senior goaltender Cami Kronish made 26 saves in relief of redshirt sophomore Jane Gervais, who made two saves before leaving the game with injury early in the first period.

Senior co-captain Taylor Heise scored for Minnesota (9-2-2, 9-2-2 WCHA), and sophomore goaltender Skylar Vetter made 36 saves.

LaMantia opened the scoring with 5:09 left in the first period, when she skated the puck in from the point and went bar down with a quick release from the right face-off circle.

Heise tied it 1-1 just 2:03 later on the power play. The reigning Patty Kazmaier Award winner drove into the zone and cut into the slot, turning and firing a shot blocker-side after almost losing it.

Wozniewicz made it 2-1 on the rush, finishing a quick rush with a catch-and-release shot to the bottom left corner from the slot as a backchecker beared down on her.

2:02 into the third, Simms extended the lead to 3-1, chipping in the rebound after freshman forward Laila Edwards’ shot went wide. Vetter got a piece of the puck before it fluttered over the line. It was initially waived off, but video review confirmed the puck crossed over.

Compher added more insurance, making it 4-1 with a quick release to the top-right corner off a feed from Eden.

Each side went 1-for-3 on the power play.

Wisconsin will not play next week, but the following weekend, will travel to Bemidji State for a series with the Beavers on Dec. 2 and 3.

Minnesota will travel to Nevada this weekend for the Henderson Collegiate Hockey Showcase with No. 6 Yale, No. 11 Penn State and Boston University. The Gophers will face the Nittany Lions in the first game on Friday with puck-drop set for 6 p.m.

9:49 pm, November 20, 2022

GOAL! 🚨 Badgers tack on another | 3rd – 11:42

Jesse Compher makes it 4-1 for Wisconsin with her seventh of the season.

Lacey Eden dished to the graduate forward, who closed in on goal and fired a quick shot to the top right corner.

9:38 pm, November 20, 2022

GOAL! 🚨 Wisco adds insurance | 3rd – 17:58

Just 2:02 into the third period, the Badgers make it 3-1.

Laila Edwards drove into the slot before shooting, and Kirsten Simms jumped on the rebound off the back glass, chipping it in. Skylar Vetter got a piece of the puck with her pad, but it fluttered through the air and just over the line. Video review confirmed the goal.

9:37 pm, November 20, 2022

The third period is a go 🍿

The puck is down for the final period of regulation at La Bahn Arena in Madison. No. 3 Wisconsin leads 2-1 over No. 1 Minnesota.

9:19 pm, November 20, 2022

END 2nd: Badgers lead by 1 🦡

Through 40 minutes, Wisconsin leads Minnesota 2-1. 

Wozniewicz's late goal is the difference-maker right now. Shots on goal are 24-16 in favor of the Badgers.

9:15 pm, November 20, 2022

GOAL! 🚨 Wisconsin takes the lead | 2nd – 2:54

The Badgers make it 2-1 late in the second period.

Sophomore forward Sarah Wozniewicz finished the rush, collecting the pass and shooting to the bottom left corner from the slot with a back-checker bearing down on her.

8:48 pm, November 20, 2022

The second period is underway 🔥

The middle frame is on in Madison as the Golden Gophers and Badgers are deadlocked at 1-1.

8:32 pm, November 20, 2022

END 1st: Knotted up at 1️⃣

Through 20 minutes in Madison, No. 1 Minnesota and No. 3 Wisconsin are tied 1-1.

Nicole LaMantia opened the scoring for the Badgers, but Taylor Heise got it right back for the Gophers moments later.

Wisconsin enjoyed a good amount of offensive zone time in the first, and shots on goal are 14-8 in their favor.

8:28 pm, November 20, 2022

GOAL! 🚨 Gophers get it right back | 1st – 3:06

Just over two minutes after Wisconsin took the lead, Minnesota strikes back to make it 1-1.

On the power play, senior co-captain Taylor Heise skated the puck into the zone and cut towards the slot. She nearly lost it, but turned and whipped a shot on goal that found its way in.

8:24 pm, November 20, 2022

GOAL! 🚨 Badgers strike first again | 1st – 5:09

Wisconsin opens the scoring once again as Nicole LaMantia picks up her eighth of the year.

The graduate defender collected the puck at the point, skated down the right wing and snapped a shot from the face-off dot, going bar down to make it 1-0.

8:09 pm, November 20, 2022

Early goaltending change for Wisconsin 🔀

Wisconsin goaltender Jane Gervais went down with injury just 3:32 into the game. Redshirt senior goaltender Kami Kronish is in goal now. She made 38 saves in yesterday's tie.

8:02 pm, November 20, 2022

Game on! 👀

The puck is down, and Game 2 between Minnesota and Wisconsin is underway.

Below are today's lineups:

7:31 pm, November 20, 2022

Get ready for Game 2 between Minnesota and Wisconsin 📝

Sunday's rematch between the No. 1 Golden Gophers and No. 3 Badgers is just under half an hour away in Madison.

The two sides tied 3-3 in a wild Game 1 on Saturday, and Minnesota took the extra point in the shootout.

Here's how to keep up with the action:

10:46 pm, November 19, 2022

FINAL: Minnesota takes the extra point in the shootout after 3-3 tie 🤯

After wild finishes to the third period and overtime, No. 1 Minnesota women’s hockey tied No.3 Wisconsin 3-3 on the road on Saturday.

Sophomore forward Abbey Murphy scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round to give the Golden Gophers the extra point, putting a quick wrister top-right.

With the extra attacker on the ice, Badgers captain Britta Curl tied the game with 10.5 seconds remaining to send it to overtime after finding the loose puck in the slot.

Minnesota sophomore forward Peyton Hemp scored twice, and senior co-captain Grace Zumwinkle also scored for the Gophers (9-1-2, 10-0-2 WCHA). Sophomore goaltender Skylar Vetter was sensational for Minnesota with 43 saves, including 19 in the third period and overtime.

Freshman forward Vivian Jungels had a goal and an assist for the Badgers (10-2-2, 7-2-3 WCHA), and fellow freshman forward Laila Edwards scored. Redshirt senior netminder Cami Kronish was just as good for Wisconsin to her credit with 41 saves, combining to stop 20 shots in the third and overtime.

Jungels opened the scoring just before the midway point of the first period, beating Vetter with a shot over the blocker from the slot on a 3-on-2 rush. Graduate forward Jesse Compher nearly made it 2-0 moments later with a strong diving effort, but the goal was called back for goalie interference.

Hemp tied it 1-1 with a shorthanded goal with 4:05 to go in the first. Sophomore forward Abbey Murphy skated the puck in off the rush before Kronish saved her backhand shot, and the rebound bounced in off Hemp’s leg.

Edwards restored the Badgers’ lead, making it 2-1 just 2:11 into the second period with a quick wrist shot to the top right corner as she curled around the left circle.

Hemp got the equalizer again to make it 2-2 with 13:07 left in the period when she skated the puck into the zone down the right wing, and threw it towards the net where it found space between Kronish’s pad and the post.

Zumwinkle gave the Gophers their first lead of the game with just over three minutes left in the second. Co-captain Taylor Heise cut into the slot, getting a shot off as she fell, and Zumwinkle hustled to retrieve the loose puck behind the net, stuffing it inside the post before Kronish could get over.

Game 2 is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. at La Bahn Arena.

10:35 pm, November 19, 2022

It'll end in a tie. Shootout coming up next for the extra point 😮‍💨

It turns out 65 minutes wasn't enough. Both teams had plenty of scoring chances in overtime, but we're still tied 3-3 as we head to the shootout for the extra conference point.