Gophers Upset Top-Ranked Wisconsin 3-2
Provided by the University of Minnesota
No. 3 Minnesota upset No. 1 Wisconsin today in Madison, Wis., as the Gophers take a 3-2 victory from the Badgers. Wisconsin suffered its first loss since November 2010, and Minnesota gained its first win at the Kohl Center since 2007. Minnesota improves to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in WCHA play, while Wisconsin moves to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in league action.
Minnesota got on the scoreboard first, with junior defenseman Megan Bozek getting 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 by 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.
Minnesota continues with WCHA action next week when it hosts Minnesota State in a rare Thursday-Friday series at Ridder Arena. Thursday’s game will start at 7:00 p.m. while Friday’s game will start at 6:00 p.m.