DULUTH, Minn. - Senior forward Hilary Knight scored a shorthanded goal off a breakaway in the final two minutes to lift the Wisconsin women's hockey team 4-3 over Minnesota Duluth on Friday night at the Amsoil Arena.
With the score tied late in the game, the Badgers took an untimely power play with 2:17 remaining in the third period. Defenseman Jordan Brickner got a hold of the puck in the UW zone and made a great head-man pass to Knight, who was breaking out through the neutral zone on a UMD change.
Knight carried the puck into the Bulldog zone with two defenders tailing her. Knight made a quick move and rifled the puck over the blocker of UMD tender Jennifer Harss, breaking the water bottle, to give the Badgers a 3-2 lead with 1:16 left in the period. Wisconsin would hold on to claim their sixth win of the season.
Brianna Decker extends her point streak to 17 games with 43 points (19G, 24A).
The 34 saves was the second most in a single game in Rigsby's career.
Knight scored twice in the game and tallied one assist to lead the Badgers. Sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby had a stellar night in net making 34 saves, including 14 in the third period alone. In the final minute of play, Rigsby made a huge back-door save to keep the UW lead intact.
The Badgers started the game off well netting a goal within the first four minutes. Madison Packer cycled behind the UMD net and got the puck in front of the crease without Harss noticing. Crashing the net, Brianna Decker tapped home the puck for her eighth goal of the season. However, Minnesota Duluth would equalize just four minutes later on a power-play opportunity. The Bulldogs would add one more before the end of the period to head into the first intermission with a 2-1 advantage over the Badgers.
Wisconsin battled back in the second period out-shooting the Bulldogs 17-7. Carolyne Prévost teamed up with Knight and Stefanie McKeough at the 15:46 mark of the second period to tie the game at 2-2. The goal was Prévost's sixth of the season. In the final minute of the period, Knight would net her first goal to give the Badgers a 3-2 lead. Brooke Ammerman carried the puck into the zone with Knight trailing. The puck got poked off of Ammerman's stick and Knight picked it up and fired it through Harss' five-hole and banked it off the inside of her skate into the net.
Starting off the third, the Bulldogs came fired up and out-shot the Badgers 15-6, netting a tying goal at the 7:18 mark. Never giving up, the Badgers scored on the penalty kill to edge out the win.
Wisconsin returns to the ice tomorrow night looking for the weekend sweep over the Bulldogs. The opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. back at Amsoil Arena.