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No. 2 Badgers shut down No. 4 North Dakota

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Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 3, 4 North Dakota 1
Ralph Engelstad Arena • Grand Forks, N.D. • Attendance: 1,187

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1st 2nd 3rd Final
0 1 2 3
 North Dakota
0 1 0 1
 Scoring Summary
2nd 6:43 WIS Sylvester 
2nd 7:54 UND Karvinen (Dufault, Menke)
3rd 5:42 WIS Packer (Ammerman, Burke)
3rd 9:46 WIS Ammerman (Sylvester, Burke)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Rigsby (8-2-1) 59:51 1 20
WIS EMPTY NET  0:09 - -
UND Shaw (3-1-0) 56:22 3 22
UND EMPTY NET 3:38 - -
 Statistical Comparison
 Shots on Goal 25 21
 Power Plays 2-4 1-2
 Penalties-Minutes 2-4 4-8
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Nov. 23, 2013

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Following a scoreless contest between the conference rivals on Friday night, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team brought the heat against No. 4 North Dakota Saturday evening at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., claiming a 3-1 victory in the top-five matchup.

Senior Madison Packer, junior Karley Sylvester and redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman all netted goals for Wisconsin in the final two periods of the game to earn the team’s 11th win of the season. The victory puts the Badgers on a 10-game unbeaten streak.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers push unbeaten streak to 10
• UW takes five of six points in weekend series
• Rigsby ties Vetter's school record with 91st career win

Senior goaltender Alex Rigsby made 20 saves to record her 91st  career win, tying the school win record set by former Badger Jessie Vetter. UND’s Lexie Shaw recorded 22 saves.

With tonight’s win, Wisconsin took five of six possible points in the two-game road test at UND after earning a shootout win last night after the two teams tied.

“I thought tonight we came out and we competed much harder than we did last night,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “We came out played a very strong game, we took a lot of shooting angles and didn’t give them many opportunities, and when we got our opportunities in the third period we took advantage of it.”

Sylvester was the first to put either team on the board, chasing down a loose puck and firing it past Shaw during a UND power play 6:43 into the second period to net the first short-handed goal of her career. But North Dakota retaliated less than a minute later when Michelle Karvinen slipped the puck past Rigsby during the same UND power play to tie the score at 1-1.

Next to score for the Badgers was Packer, who lit the lamp off a rebound shot after Ammerman sent the puck off the pads of Shaw during a UW power play early in the third period. Three Badgers recorded their second point of the night in the next scoring play, as assists from Burke and Sylvester found Ammerman in front of UND’s goal during another UW power play halfway through the stanza.

Ammerman sent a wrister to the upper shelf, tallying her 10th goal of the season and earning the Badgers the 3-1 advantage they would end the game with.

Wisconsin outshot UND 25-21 during the contest and scored on two of the night’s four power play opportunities.

“I give the players a lot of credit for coming out and putting together a really good 60 minutes,” Johnson said. “It’s a tough place to play, they’ve got a good team and they certainly can score a lot of goals, and holding them to one goal in six periods is pretty impressive.”

The victory is crucial after North Dakota’s defeat of No. 1 Minnesota last Sunday, which snapped the Golden Gophers’ 62-game winning streak. Wisconsin’s only two losses of the season came at the hands of Minnesota in a two-game series at the Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., in October.

The Badgers will next take the ice against Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn.

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