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Bulldogs hand Badgers first loss of the season

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Wisconsin Minnesota Duluth 2, 2 Wisconsin 0
AMSOIL Arena • Duluth, Minn. • Attendance: 832

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1st 2nd 3rd Final
 Wisconsin 0 0 0 0
 Minnesota Duluth
1 0 1 2
 Scoring Summary
1st 1:34 UMD Gillanders
1st 17:10 UMD McParland (Wong, Kenyon)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rigsby (3-1-1) 59:23 2 15
WIS EMPTY NET 0:37 0 --
UMD Black (1-2-0) 60:00 0 31
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 Shots on Goal 17 17
 Power Plays 0-5 0-3
 Penalties-Minutes 3-6 6-23
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Oct. 13, 2012

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DULUTH, Minn. -- All it took was two unlucky bounces and the Wisconsin women's hockey team found itself on the losing end of Saturday's game, as the Badgers were handed a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Minnesota Duluth at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn.

The Badgers (3-1-1, 1-1-1-1 WCHA) lost their first game of the season and suffered their first shutout loss since Jan. 7, 2012. The Bulldogs improve to 1-2-0 (1-2-0-0 WCHA) on the season and won their second consecutive game over Wisconsin.

"This is the third weekend we've been on the road and you're looking for growth. We had a setback tonight, but I thought after five or eight minutes we started to play better," head coach Mark Johnson said. "The effort was there and we didn't get a bounce that maybe we needed over the 60 minutes, and they got one, if not two."

Minnesota Duluth got on the board early off an unlucky bounce behind the Badgers' net. UW's goaltender Alex Rigsby went behind the net to play a puck that was dumped in, however, when she played it to her defenseman the puck was mishandled and slid out in front of the empty net. UMD's Brienna Gillanders was the first one to the puck and tapped it in to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead just 1:34 in.

The second unlucky bounce for the Badgers came on the opposite end of the game. UMD's Jenna McParland entered the UW end with a one-on-one chance. As she drove across the net, fighting off a Badger defender, Rigsby went to poke the puck away from her stick. However, the poke check sent the puck up and over Rigsby's shoulder, deflecting off the underside of the cross bar, before landing in the back of the net to give the Bulldogs their second goal without McParland actually attempting a shot on net.

With the third deficit to start a weekend series, the Badgers didn't get down and continued to fight back. Wisconsin managed a total of 12 shots on goal in both the first and second periods. The Badgers outplayed the Bulldogs and held a majority of possession throughout the game, but the UMD defense limited the quality chances for the UW forwards.

The unlucky bounces weren't just on the defensive end for Wisconsin, as the Badgers created multiple scoring opportunities in the game. In the second period, Brianna Decker and Madison Packer entered the UMD zone with a two-on-one opportunity. Decker made the pass over to Packer, but the ensuing shot rang off the left post. Later in the same period, Kelly Jaminski took a shot from the point that beat UMD's goalie Kayla Black five hole, however, the puck hit the back of her leg on the way through and slid just wide of the post.

Neither team's power play units generated any offense. Wisconsin successfully killed off three penalties, while Minnesota Duluth killed off its five penalties, including a five-minute major in the first period.

The Badgers return to AMSOIL Arena tomorrow looking to force a weekend split. Puck drop is slated for 3 p.m.

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