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Packer lifts Wisconsin over North Dakota

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Wisconsin 7 Wisconsin 2, North Dakota 1
Ralph Engelstad Arena • Grand Forks, N.D. • Attendance: XXX

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1st 2nd 3rd Final
1 0 1 2
 North Dakota
1 0 0 1
 Scoring Summary
1st 4:50 WIS Josephs (Decker, Sylvester)
1st 17:35 UND J. Lamoureux (Jakobsen, M. Lamoureux)
3rd 15:25 WiS Packer
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rigsby (15-7-2) 59:48 1 28
WIS EMPTY NET 00:12 0 --
UND Amsley-Benzie (7-6-0) 59:16 2 29
UND EMPTY NET 0:44 0 --
 Statistical Comparison
 Shots on Goal 31 29
 Power Plays 0-6 1-4
 Penalties-Minutes 5-10 7-14
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Jan. 19, 2013

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Madison Packer scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway in the final five minutes of play to lift Wisconsin, 2-1, over North Dakota on Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

 Fast Facts
• Rigsby made a total of 28 saves for her 15th win of the season
Katy Josephs scored the game’s first goal, her third of the season
• Wisconsin outshot UND 31-29

Forcing the weekend split, the Badgers improve to 15-7-2 (11-7-2-2 WCHA) and remain in second place in the conference, while North Dakota drops to 14-10-0 (9-9-0-0 WCHA).

Wisconsin entered the game looking to rebound from the previous night after losing to UND for the first time in three years.

After not scoring all weekend, Katy Josephs tallied the game’s first goal within the first five minutes. The Badgers are undefeated this season when scoring the first goal.

Karley Sylvester started the play after carrying the puck into the corner of the UND zone. Sylvester played it back up the boards to Brianna Decker, who then drove to the net forcing UND goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie to make a save on her right post. The rebound slid out in front of the crease and Josephs crashed the net and buried the loose puck for the goal.

While the Badgers took the first lead of the game, UND ended up tying the game before the end of the first period. North Dakota’s Jocelyne Lamoureux scored on the power-play, giving her a hand in all four UND goals on the weekend.

North Dakota went one-for-four on the power play, while Wisconsin’s power-play unit continued to struggle, going scoreless on six chances in the contest.

UND also controlled the puck off of face offs, winning 34 of the 54 face offs in the game. Wisconsin, however, out-shot North Dakota 31-29.

But as time began to dwindle in the third period, all the statistics wouldn’t matter.

Packer grabbed the puck off a turnover at the UW blue line and had nothing but open ice in front of her. She raced down the rink with Jocelyne Lamoureux in hot pursuit. Packer faked out Amsley-Benzie and slipped the puck past her on the right side to give the Badgers a 2-1 lead with 4:25 remaining in the game.

A penalty on Monique Lamoureux in the final minute of play would all but solidify the win for the Badgers. UND pulled Amsley-Benzie for an extra attacker while on the penalty kill, but Wisconsin weathered the last-ditch attack for the win.

Junior goaltender Alex Rigsby made a total of 28 saves, recording her 15th win of the season.

The Badgers return to the ice, hosting No. 1 Minnesota next weekend, Jan. 25/27 at LaBahn Arena. Both games are set to start at 2 p.m.

Also, the Badgers are hosting their third outdoor skate tomorrow afternoon, Jan. 20, at Vilas Park. The outdoor meet and greet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

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