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Decker scores two goals in Badgers' 3-2 victory over Minnesota State


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Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 3, Minnesota State 2
All Seasons Arena • Mankato, Minn. • Attendance: 297

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1st 2nd 3rd Final
 Wisconsin 2 0 1 3
 Minnesota State 0 1 1 2
 Scoring Summary
1st 9:33 WIS Decker (Burke, Packer)
1st 19:00 WIS Decker (Sylvester, Packer)
2nd 16:02 MSU McCann (Andersson)
3rd 5:25 WIS Drake (Doner, Sowchuk)
3rd 14:31 MSU Andersson (Zrust, McCann)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rigsby (1-0-1) 60:00 2 16
MSU Butters (0-1-1) 59:09 3 36
MSU EMPTY NET 0:51 0 --
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WIS MSU
 Shots on Goal 39 18
 Power Plays 1-3 1-2
 Penalties-Minutes 2-4 4-19
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Sept. 29, 2012

MANKATO, Minn. -- Senior Brianna Decker led the way with two goals to lift the Wisconsin women's hockey team over Minnesota State, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.

The Badgers improve to 1-0-1 (1-0-1-1 WCHA) to start the season, while Minnesota State drops to 0-1-1 (0-1-1-0).

After scoring late in the game to force a tie last night, the Badgers came out stronger as Decker tallied two goals in the first period to start the offensive charge.

The Badgers continued the push in the second period and went on an all-out blitz after gaining a five-minute power play from a MSU checking from behind penalty. Wisconsin tallied a total of 10 shots on goal in the man advantage, but had two opportunities overturned by video review.

After a pile up in front of the MSU net, Katy Josephs found the loose puck and put it in the back of the net, but video review showed goaltender interference and the scored remained 2-0. Just a minute later, Karley Sylvester put on a shot on net from the back door. MSU goalie Danielle Butters gloved the puck, but it appeared her glove was behind the goal line when making the save. However, video review provided no evidence of the goal and Minnesota State eventually was successful in killing off the five-minute major.

Minnesota State had a goal of its own overturned by video review after a puck was ruled to not have fully crossed the line. However, MSU's Tracy McCann scored before the close of the second period to cut the Badgers' lead to 2-1 heading into the final frame.

Just over five minutes into the third period, the Badgers freshman forward line of Erika Sowchuk, Molly Doner and Kim Drake combined to score the eventual game winner.

Sowchuk gained possession of the puck in the MSU corner and drove to the net. She fired a shot on net which fell out underneath Butters in the crease. Drake and Doner then crashed the net and combined efforts to get the puck over the line. Drake was judged to have touched the puck last and was credited the goal with Doner and Sowchuk earning assists.

The goal and assists were the first for the three freshmen of their collegiate careers.

Minnesota State found the back of the net while on the power play with 5:29 left in the period, but it would be its final goal for the game.

Alex Rigsby made a total of 16 saves in the contest, bringing her weekend total to 37 saves. On the other end of the ice, Butters made 36 saves, including 22 in the second period alone. On the weekend, Butters made a total of 77 saves.

The Badgers return to the ice next weekend when they head to St. Louis to take on Lindenwood on Oct. 5-6.

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