MADISON, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) — The No. 1-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team dropped its second game of the season as No. 4 Minnesota Duluth split the series with a 3-1 victory at the Kohl Center Sunday.
Wisconsin (12-2-0, 8-2-0 WCHA) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but the Bulldogs (10-4-0, 8-4-0 WCHA) scored three unanswered goals to earn the win.
"Tonight, you could tell who lost the game Friday," head coach Mark Johnson said. "We still have some work to do to become a good team. The last forty minutes of the game, I thought Duluth did a better job of competing and taking care of the puck, a lot of little things to give them an opportunity to win.
"We didn't do a very good job of taking care of the puck. We can move forward with an understanding of some things that we need to work on and get ready for North Dakota next weekend."
With the loss, freshmen goaltender Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) falls to 8-1-0 on the season, after stopping 32 of 35 Bulldog shots. UMD netminder Kim Martin improves to 7-3-0, giving up one goal on 26 shots.
UW got on the board first as senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) extended her current point-streak to 10 games with her 13th goal of the season. Sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) passed the puck up to junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) in the neutral zone, who fired the puck on net. After Knight's first shot was saved, her second shot hit off the post and trickled out to a streaking Duggan who was there to put the puck into the open net just 39 seconds into the first period.
The Badgers' special teams play was strong in the loss, giving up just four shots on three Bulldog power plays. Early in the second period, the unit fought off 1:43 of 5-3 play in favor of Minnesota Duluth. The UW penalty kill was strong again late in the second and yielded nothing for UMD.
Minnesota Duluth tied the game at the 9:54 mark of the second as Jamie Kenyon scored on a breakaway. The puck squirted out to Kenyon from along the boards in the neutral zone, and she skated in and beat Rigsby stick side for the tally.
The Bulldogs took the lead just 57 seconds later on a shot from Jocelyne Larocque at the blue line. Haley Irwin got her own rebound in tight and passed it out to Jessica Wong at the point. Wong fired the puck along the blue line to an open Larocque who ripped a shot past Rigsby to make it 2-1.
Katie Wilson extended the Bulldog lead to 3-1 with 15:43 remaining in the game. Pernilla Winberg gained possession of the puck in a scrum along the boards in the Badgers' zone and found Wilson in the slot for the goal.
Wisconsin begins an eight-game road swing next weekend as the Badgers travel to North Dakota to take on the Fighting Sioux in a Saturday/Sunday series. Both games are set for 2 p.m. CT.
Courtesy: UW Athletics