Gophers win 34th in a row, stifle Badgers
Women Badgers remain in second place in conference
The No. 8 Wisconsin women's hockey team's offense was stifled again by No. 1 Minnesota in a 5-1 loss at LaBahn Arena Sunday afternoon.
With the loss Wisconsin (15-9-2, 11-9-2-2 WCHA) remains in second place in the conference, but is now tied with Minnesota-Duluth after the Bulldogs sweep of Ohio State.
Minnesota (26-0-0, 20-0-0-0 WCHA) extended their undefeated streak to 34 games and goaltender Noora Räty earned her 100th career victory, tying the NCAA record.
The Gophers got on the board first with a goal from Becky Kortum, who stole a pass from the Badgers to record an unassisted goal.
Wisconsin answered five minutes later with a power-play goal from Madison Packer. Packer received a pass to the right of the Minnesota net and had a clear lane to the goal. She faked a shot at the near post and stretched the puck around Räty, putting it in at the far post, to tie the game at 1-1.
However, Minnesota regained the lead with a power-play goal from Hannah Brandt with three and a half minutes remaining in the first period.
"I thought we had good energy," said head coach Mark Johnson. "I thought the entire first period we probably had better jump than we did for most of the game on Friday afternoon."
After the teams came out for the second period, the Gophers never looked back, scoring three more goals to claim the 5-1 win.
It marked the first sweep by the Gophers over the Badgers in Madison since 2003.
The Badgers went 1-for-2 on the power play, capitalizing in the first period with Packer's goal.
Wisconsin came out strong in the first period, recording nine shots on goal. Overall, the Badgers trailed the Gophers in shots on goal 34-22.
Wisconsin takes a weekend off before traveling to St. Cloud on Feb. 8-9. The Badgers return to LaBahn Arena Feb. 16-17 to host Minnesota-Duluth for the final home series of the regular season.
"We still have six important games left, trying to position ourselves to make sure we get home ice advantage," said Johnson. "Those are the things, you don’t want to lose any hockey games, but you have to learn from them and move on."
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