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No. 1 Badgers sweep No. 3 Minnesota

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MADISON, Wis.-- Fueled by a pair of Annie Pankowski goals, the top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey bested No. 3 Minnesota, 3-1, on Saturday in front of a sell-out crowd at LaBahn Arena to complete a sweep of its Border Battle rivals.

Pankowski, the 2014-15 USCHO.Com Rookie of the Year, extended her point streak to 21 games with her pair of goals as the Laguna Hills, California, native leads the Badgers (18-0-0, 12-0-0-0 WCHA) with 14 tallies this season.

Wisconsin also extended its winning streak to 18 games, which is the second-longest streak in program history.

Pankowski scored with just under four minutes to go in the first period on a breakaway and added her second goal with just under four minutes left in the second to give Wisconsin a 2-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

The Golden Gophers (15-3-0, 11-3-0-0 WCHA), wouldn’t go down without a fight, as Minnesota’s Sarah Potomak scored just under 12 minutes left to make it a 2-1 game.

Minnesota pulled goaltender Amanda Leveille with just under a minute to go, and the Badgers capitalized on the empty net as Sarah Nurse scored with 16 seconds left to seal the win for Wisconsin.

Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped 23 of Minnesota’s 24 shots to improve to 16-0-0 this season.

The Cardinal and White held the high-octane Minnesota offense in check, allowing only three goals during the series. The Gophers entered the weekend averaging 6.06 goals per contest to lead the NCAA.

It marked Wisconsin’s first sweep of Minnesota since Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 2009, and the first time that Minnesota has been swept since the Golden Gophers lost a pair of games to Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 29-30, 2010.

The Badgers head to Grand Forks, North Dakota, to take on the UND Fighting Hawks next Friday and Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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