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No. 2 Badgers and No. 4 North Dakota battle to scoreless draw


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Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 0, 4 North Dakota 0
Ralph Engelstad Arena • Grand Forks, N.D. • Attendance: 1,017

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 Wisconsin
0 0 0 0 0
 North Dakota
0 0 0 0 0
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rigsby (7-2-1) 65:00 0 34
UND Amsley-Benzie (6-2-2) 65:00 0 21
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WIS UND
 Shots on Goal 34 21
 Power Plays 0-1 0-3
 Penalties-Minutes 3-6 2-4
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Nov. 22, 2013

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team earned a 0-0 draw with No. 4 North Dakota Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Badgers (10-2-1, 6-2-1) earned their fourth shutout of the season, holding UND (9-2-2, 7-2-2-1 WCHA) scoreless for the first time all year.

Junior Blayre Turnbull beat UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie during the third round of the shootout to help UW claim the shootout point and take two of three points from North Dakota. It marked UW's ninth shootout win in school history, and its first ever shootout win against UND.

Senior Alex Rigsby was stellar in goal, stopping all 34 shots she faced, including 23 in the second and third periods. In addition, Rigsby stopped all three attempts UND had during the shootout. With her third shutout of the year, Rigsby now has 26 career shutouts, the second most in school history.

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin won the shootout 1-0 thanks to Blayre Turnbull's goal in the third round.
Alex Rigsby saved all 34 shots she faced to increase her save percentage to .960, the nation's best clip.
• Despite being outshot 34-21, Wisconsin takes two of three points against UND.

"Alex played well, they had a couple of opportunities in the first period and late in the second period," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "She was able to keep us in the game from that standpoint. It was coming down to who was going to make a play and who was going to find a way to get the puck in the net, and fortunately for us Alex did that."

The first period was even, as UND had nine shots on goal, while Wisconsin had eight. Wisconsin went on the power play in the first, but couldn't light the lamp.

In the second, North Dakota outshot the Badgers 12-1, but Rigsby saved all 12 shots.

The third period was tight, as UW was outshot 11-6. Wisconsin was on the penalty kill for a majority of the final three minutes of the third period, but was able to force overtime thanks to fantastic play by the UW penalty kill unit.

"It was an opportunity for them to create something and win the game," Johnson said. "Katy Harding had a great block, and Alex had a nice save. We did some little things that kept us in the game and that got us to the end."

In the overtime period, the Badgers outshot UND 6-2 and carried their momentum into the shootout, where Turnbull scored during the third round.

"I thought our best opportunities came in overtime," Johnson said. "We played well, and created some opportunities, had some energy. We got into the shootout and Alex did a nice job stopping all three shots. It came down to Blayre, the last shooter, and she scores a great goal."

Junior Brittany Ammerman led UW with six shots on goal, while sophomore Courtney Burke and freshman Sarah Nurse each had three shots. Overall, UND outshot UW 34-21.

"I thought overall it was a good team effort," Rigsby said. "I was really happy with the way the team came out, especially in the overtime. I thought we were able to get some opportunities produced. We will continue with the momentum that we gained in the overtime and move forward with it tomorrow."

The Badgers and North Dakota wrap up their series tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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