DULUTH, Minn. (PRESS RELEASE) – The fifth-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team was on the short end of a 5-3 battle Saturday night at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center despite outshooting Minnesota Duluth 42-26. The No. 7-ranked Bulldogs scored when it counted taking a two-point lead in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
Wisconsin struck first at 4:56 into the opening frame when freshman Breann Frykas stuffed in a rebound from inside the goal crease. Senior Kyla Sanders had the initial shot on goal and freshman Stefanie McKeough tallied an assist on the goal.
Minnesota Duluth answered with back-to-back goals in the first frame. Katie Wilson took a hard shot from the left faceoff circle that hit off the shoulder of UW's Becca Ruegsegger and hit the crossbar before bouncing over the goal line at 5:43.
At the 9:15 mark the Bulldogs tallied a power-play goal when Emannuelle Blais knocked in a rebound to give UMD a two-goal lead.
Although Wisconsin outshot UMD 23-3 in the second period, Minnesota Duluth converted two goals on its three shots. Out of the intermission, UMD scored both of its goals within the first three minutes of play before the Badgers shut the Bulldog offense down. Wisconsin tallied a power-play goal in the frame to make the score 4-2 and put the Badgers back within striking range.
Jessica Wong went top left from across the crease at the 1:35 mark before Laura Fridfinnson snuck one past Ruegsegger on the power play at 2:34 in the second. The Badgers took control from there, converting on one of two power plays.
Brianna Decker scored the lone Badger goal at 11:48 after a scramble in front of the net. Decker beat UMD's Jennifer Harss from the slot for the power-play goal. Carolyne Prevost and Brittany Haverstock were credited with the assists.
UW almost put the game within one after junior Kelly Nash put one in from inside the goal crease. However, the goal was called off due to contact with the goalie.
Wisconsin kept the momentum heading into the third period, picking up an early goal, however, the comeback came to a halt with a late UMD goal.
Wisconsin put the game within one at 1:21 into the third when Kelly Nash fed Prevost at center ice. Prevost beat a defender and cut to the net going five-hole.
UMD's Wong picked up her second goal of the night when she beat a UW defender and cut to the net with only 1:30 left in regulation.
The Badgers pulled Ruegsegger in a final effort, but could not convert.
Minnesota Duluth went 2-for-4 on the power play as Wisconsin converted on 1-of-2 opportunities. Ruegsegger made 21 saves while Harss turned aside 39 Badger attempts.
The Badgers try to split the series tomorrow, Jan. 17 at the DECC. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m.
Courtesy: UW Media Relations