No. 4 Wisconsin drops 2-0 contest at No. 1 Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 4-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hand of No. 1-ranked Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena.
The Badgers (2-2-0, 2-2-0 WCHA) held the Golden Gophers (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) scoreless for the first two periods thanks to spectacular goaltending by senior team captain Alex Rigsby. Rigsby made 19 of her 31 saves in the first two frames, including some acrobatic saves that kept Minnesota off the board.
In the third, Minnesota, the two-time defending NCAA champions, found the back of the net with less than 15 minutes left in the period as Kelly Terry scored her first goal of the season off assists by Dani Cameranesi and Rachel Ramsey.
Moments later, it appeared the Badgers had tied up the game after freshman Sydney McKibbon's shot found the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed.
Minnesota tacked on its second goal of the game with less than seven minutes remaining as Terry netted her second goal of the game after being set up by Baylee Gillanders and Cameranesi.
Wisconsin used its timeout with 3:10 remaining, but seconds later the Badgers went a man down after Courtney Burke was called for roughing. In the final period, UW was outshot 14-5.
"They were able to get a bounce that got back by Alex and that was the difference in the game," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "If we tied it at 1-1, it would have led to an exciting finish. The second goal was a tip-in redirection and give them credit."
Freshman Sarah Nurse had a team high nine shots for the Badgers, while Brittany Ammerman tallied six shots.
The Badgers were outshot 33-27 by the Gophers. Wisconsin was able to kill all four power play opportunities by the Gophers.
"It is early in the season," Johnson said. "You are trying to get into game shape and that second night, especially with the pace of the game yesterday, you try to incorporate different people to give others a break."
Wisconsin returns home for the start of a six-game homestand on Friday, Oct. 18 against Saint Cloud State. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at LaBahn Arena. After hosting the Huskies, Wisconsin will welcome non-conference foe Lindenwood and WCHA rival Ohio State to Madison on consecutive weekends.
"It's early, you learn a lot about your team in this atmosphere. I'm glad we were able to play these guys at this time of the year," Johnson said. "Now we can go back and get better."
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