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Women's Hockey: #1 Badgers Fall to #2 Minnesota

From UW Sports Info:

The No. 1-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team lost for just the second time this season, falling at Minnesota 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in front of a UM season-high crowd of 2,562. The Gophers outshot the Badgers 37-19, marking just the fourth time this season that an opponent has outshot Wisconsin. The Badgers, who were unbeaten in their past seven games, are now 18-2-3 in the WCHA (24-2-3 overall), while the Gophers improve to 19-2-2 in the conference (24-3-2).

Minnesota took the early advantage, scoring just under a minute and a half into the game. Using assists by Brittany Francis and Rachael Drazan, Jocelyne Lamoureux skated the puck into the slot and backhanded it past Wisconsin goaltender Jessie Vetter.

The Badgers avoided further damage in the period thanks to a key defensive play by Rachel Bible. After Vetter made a save to her left, the net was wide open but Bible stepped in front and was able to knock down the Gopher shot attempt.

For the period, the Gophers outshot the Badgers 11-5 and both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.

The second period started much like the first as the Gophers scored early. At the 3:43 mark of the period, a loose puck rolled into the slot with two Gophers moving in unabated. Vetter came out of the net to try and clear the puck, but hit off of Minnesotaâ€TMs Emily West sending it into the open net to extend the lead to 2-0. Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux were each given assists on the play.

An unlucky break for the Badgers pushed the Gopher lead to 3-0 midway through the period. On a clearing attempt, the stick of Anne Dronen snapped in two, leaving Jocelyne Lamoureux all alone against Vetter. She went top-shelf to score the goal with 8:31 left.

Wisconsin got on the board with 5:46 left in the period, making it a 3-1 game. Brooke Ammerman was all alone in front of the net and Jasmine Giles was able to sneak a pass through to her. Kyla Sanders was also credited with an assist on the play.

The Badgers, who were outshot 16-8 in the period, went 0-2 on the power play, while the Gophers were 0-1 in the period.

The lead grew to 4-1 for Minnesota thanks to a power-play goal with 15:18 left in the game. Melanie Gagnon took passes from Gigi Marvin and Francis and blasted a slap shot from the point past Vetter.

Less than two minutes later, Meghan Duggan scored an unassisted, breakaway goal after gaining possession at mid-ice. She faked backhand and then went forehand to cut the deficit to 4-2. Despite several good scoring chances late in the game, the Badgers were unable to get the game any closer.
Vetter finished the game with 33 saves on 37 shots, her second-highest save total of the season. For the Gophers, Alyssa Grogan had 17 saves on 19 shots. Wisconsin finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Minnesota was 1-for-4.

The series concludes tomorrow afternoon with the face-off scheduled for 2:07 p.m. at Ridder Arena.

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