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No. 2 Wisconsin takes down No. 8 North Dakota, 1-0

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MADISON, Wis.(WKOW) -- The No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team found redemption for its lone loss of the season with a goal from senior Erika Sowchuk, edging out No. 8 North Dakota, 1-0, at LaBahn Arena for its 17th consecutive home win, a program best.

Junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens made a career-high 29 saves on the shutout, collecting her NCAA-leading 12th blank slate of the season. Desbiens continues to lead the nation in save percentage (.964) and goals-against average (.066), while her 29 career shutouts are tied for fifth in NCAA history with Clarkson’s Erica Howe. Desbiens is one shutout away from joining former Wisconsin (23-1-1, 17-1-1-1 WCHA) legend Alex Rigsby and New Hampshire’s Melissa Bourdon in a tie for third-place.

The Badgers’ lone goal came early in front of a capacity crowd of 2,273 fans, despite being outshot by the Fighting Hawks (13-7-3, 10-6-3-1 WCHA) 10-8 in the first frame. Sowchuk and freshman Sam Cogan raced down the ice together as Cogan went back door, taking UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie’s attention with her. Sowchuk was able to take a shot from the goal line that squeezed in between the post and Amsley-Benzie’s skate to give Wisconsin the 1-0 lead.

Despite numerous quality offensive opportunities for both teams, the final two periods were scoreless. Amsley-Benzie ended the night with 31 saves for the Fighting Hawks.

The Badgers conclude their conference series against North Dakota on Sunday. The game at LaBahn Arena is set for a 1 p.m. start.

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