Minnesota’s present maintain on No. 1 isn’t going to final lengthy.
After rising to the nation’s prime spot this week, the Gophers ladies’s hockey workforce was swept in a two-game collection in opposition to the workforce it deposed, dropping a 6-3 determination to second-ranked Wisconsin at LaBahn Enviornment Saturday in Madison, Wis.
After getting blanked, 5-0, in Friday’s opener, the Gophers (8-3-0) fell behind rapidly once more earlier than tying the sport, 2-2, on targets by Grace Zumwinkle and Amy Potomak. Zumwinkle scored on an influence play within the last 90 seconds of the primary interval, and Potomak tied the sport simply 2:33 into the second.
“Effectively, a very good hockey recreation right here tonight. Not the outcome we needed, however our workforce fought,” Gophers coach Brad Frost stated.
The Badgers (6-2-0) regained the lead on a power-play aim by Britta Curl at 11:07 of the second interval, however Josey Dunne responded simply 41 seconds later to knot the sport at 3-3 by 40 minutes. Daryl Watts completed with two targets, together with an empty-netter with 54.4 seconds remaining to ice the victory.
The 11 targets had been probably the most Wisconsin had ever scored in opposition to Minnesota in a two-game collection.
Goaltender Lauren Bench, who was pulled after surrendering 4 targets on Friday, completed with 22 saves. Wisconsin’s Kennedy Blair made 23 saves, and the Badgers outshot Minnesota, 28-26.
“Sadly we had been simply climbing again every interval, so it was troublesome to get that go-ahead aim,” Frost stated. “We confirmed some actually good indicators of who we might be and who we wish to be, so we’re excited to see that transferring ahead.”
Zumwinkle’s was the seventy fifth of her profession. She is now tied for eleventh in profession targets, matching Bobbi Ross’s profession complete from 2004-07.
Minnesota doesn’t resume play till a collection at Ohio State Jan. 29-30.