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Badgers fall to Golden Gophers in NCAA Frozen Four

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Despite outshooting Minnesota 35-23, the No. 4-seeded Wisconsin women's hockey team fell 3-1 on Friday night to top-seeded Minnesota in the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four at Ridder Arena.

UW freshman Annie Pankowski scored the Badgers' (29-7-4) lone goal of the game, which came 52 seconds in to the second period. It marked her 21st goal of the season and 43rd point, both team highs. Pankowski became the first freshman since Sara Bauer during the 2003-04 season to lead UW in goals and points.

The two teams battled in the first period, but neither could light the lamp as Wisconsin outshot Minnesota, 12-7, in the frame.

All four of the game's goals came in the second period, as UW scored first before Minnesota (33-3-4) rattled off three straight goals in the later part of the period.

Off an offensive zone faceoff 52 seconds into the second, Clark won the draw right to Pankowski, who snapped off a shot, beating Minnesota netminder Amanda Leveille top shelf.

Minnesota tied the game with 11 minutes remaining the second, as Hannah Brandt scored on a scramble in front of the UW net.

Less than two minutes later, the Golden Gophers scored again, as Maryanne Menefee tipped in a Megan Wolfe shot to take a 2-1 lead with 9:08 remaining in the period.

After a Brittany Ammerman penalty, Minnesota capitalized on its first power-play chance of the game. Kelly Pannek absorbed a shot from the point and then pounced on the rebound, going top shelf to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead after two periods of play.

The Badgers pulled Ann-Renee Desbiens in favor of the extra attacker with over three minutes to play, but the additional pressure wasn't enough to put another puck in the net against Leveille, who finished the game with 34 saves.

Wisconsin ended the season with a NCAA record .958 penalty kill conversion rate, killing 113 of its opponents 118 power plays. The .958 clip bested the previous record of .957, set by Harvard during the 2003-04 season. 

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