Wisconsin tops UMD 2-1 to advance to fifth Frozen Four


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March 12, 2011

1 Wisconsin 2, 7 Minnesota Duluth 1
2011 NCAA Quarterfinal
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.

1st 2nd 3rd Final
 Minnesota Duluth (22-9-2) 1
0 0 1
 Wisconsin (35-2-2) 0 1
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1st 19:31 UMD
Wong (Irwin, Fridfinnson)
2nd 03:06 WIS Knight (McKeough, Bro. Ammerman)
3rd 07:34 WIS Duggan (Knight (Decker)
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UMD Martin (14-6-0)
59:19 2
38
WIS Rigsby (25-1-2)
59:24 1
29
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40
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1-3
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3-6
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MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) scored her sixth game-winning goal of the season to propel the top-seeded Wisconsin women's hockey team (35-2-2) to a 2-1 win over Minnesota Duluth (29-9-3) and a trip to the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four in Erie, Pa.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers advance to fifth Frozen Four, first since 2009
• Duggan scores game-winner at 7:34 of third period
• Rigsby makes 29 saves in 25th win of the season

Junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) contributed to both of the Badger goals, earning two points on one goal and one assist.

Freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) stopped 29 shots, allowing one goal as she improved to 25-1-2 on the season.

After being outshot 12-11 in the first period, the Badgers outshot the Bulldogs 40-30 in the game. Minnesota Duluth goaltender Kim Martin moves to 14-6-0, making 38 saves in the loss.

In its second-straight comeback win, Wisconsin scored two unanswered goals after trailing 1-0 after the first period. 

Minnesota Duluth got on the board first as Jessica Wong scored with 29 seconds left in the first period. Laura Fridfinnson passed the puck to Haley Irwin behind the net. 

After Rigsby stopped Irwin's wrap-around attempt, Wong got the rebound in the slot and beat Rigsby glove-side for the goal. 

The Badgers came out strong to start the second period, earning a power-play opportunity at the 2:58 mark. Wisconsin won the offensive-zone faceoff and junior Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) passed the puck out to sophomore Stefanie McKeough (Carlsbad Springs, Ontario) at the blue line. McKeough then fed the puck into the high slot, where Knight ripped a shot past Martin, tying the game at 1-1.

The game remained tied until Duggan scored the deciding goal with 13:26 remaining in regulation. After the Badgers broke up a UMD scoring opportunity, Knight brought the puck into the zone and dropped it back to sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), who fed the puck to a trailing Duggan in the slot. Duggan flipped the puck on net and over Martin's glove, giving Wisconsin a 2-1 lead.

The Badgers' special teams converted on one of their three chances with the man advantage, while also killing off each of Minnesota Duluth's three power plays.

With the win, the Badgers advance to the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four in Erie, Pa., where they will face No. 4-seeded Boston College (24-6-6) at Tullio Arena on Friday, March 18. UW will make its fifth Frozen Four appearance all-time.

No. 2 seed Cornell and No. 3 seed Boston University will face off in Friday's other semifinal, and the winners will advance to Sunday's national championship game at 1 p.m. CT.

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Ben Fromstein
UW Athletic Communications

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