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Border woes: Minnesota edges Wisconsin 4-1


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Wisconsin 1 Minnesota 4, 10 Wisconsin 1
Ridder Arena • Minneapolis, Minn. • Attendance: 3,400

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1st 2nd 3rd Final
 Wisconsin
0 0 1 1
 Minnesota
0 4 0 4
 Scoring Summary
2nd 5:37 MINN Menefee (Kessel, Brandt)
2nd 10:12 MINN Kessel (Menefee, Brandt)
2nd 11:18 MINN Davis
2nd 18:14 MINN Kortum (Bona, Davis)
3rd 6:39 WIS Decker (Burke)
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WIS Rigsy (10-5-2) 60:00 4 37
MINN Räty (15-0-0) 60:00 1 22
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WIS MINN
 Shots on Goal 23 41
 Power Plays 0-4 0-2
 Penalties-Minutes 2-4 4-8
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 10 Wisconsin women's hockey team dropped the first installment of the Border Battle competition with No. 1 Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, losing 4-1 at Ridder Arena.

The Gophers (17-0-0; 11-0-0-0 WCHA) used a four-goal flurry in the second period to secure the win over the Badgers (10-5-2; 6-5-2-2 WCHA). A sellout crowd of 3,400 was on hand to watch the two rivals face off, breaking the previous Ridder Arena attendance record of 3,251, which was set on Jan. 6, 2007 against Wisconsin.

Alex Rigsby made a season-high 37 saves in the contest as Minnesota out-shot Wisconsin 41-23. Rigsby made a total of 27 saves in the first two periods, besting her save totals from 12 different games so far this season.

The Badgers started off strong, proving to be the toughest team that Minnesota has face all season, as the two teams went scoreless in the opening period. Minnesota out-shot the Wisconsin 14-8 in the period, but both teams had a similar amount of quality scoring opportunities.

Heading into the second period, the Badgers started right where they left off, but an athletic save by Minnesota goaltender Noora Räty seemed to give the Gophers the boost they needed before going on a four-goal blitz.

While on the power play, the Badgers sent a puck in on net and Räty made the first save, but she was left laying on her back with the rebound heading out to open ice. Jordan Brickner one-timed the rebound back on a seemingly open net, but Räty managed to glove the puck out of midair, keeping the game scoreless.
    
Minnesota then took advantage of some defensive errors by Wisconsin to take a 4-0 lead before retiring for the second intermission.

Maryanne Menefee broke the stalemate 5:37 into the second period when the Gophers gained a three-on-one chance after a turnover just inside the Wisconsin blue line.

Five minutes later, Amanda Kessel one timed a loose puck in front of Wisconsin's net after it had been poked loose from Menefee's stick, causing Rigsby to be pulled out of position. Just over one minute later, Sarah Davis stole the puck on top of the Badgers' right face-off circle and walked it in for an unassisted goal.

Closing out the period, the Gophers crashed the Badgers' net and after Rigsby made the first save, the rebound bounced to Becky Kortum, who had a wide open net at the far post.

The Badgers started the third period looking more like the Wisconsin team that started the game.

After blocking a shot in the defensive zone, Courtney Burke picked up the rebound, beat a Minnesota defenseman, and created a two-on-one with Brianna Decker. Burke made a perfect pass to the far post, placing the puck on the tape of Decker's stick. Decker finished the play with an easy tap-in goal to put the Badgers' on the board. Unfortunately, it would be the only UW goal of the game.

While Minnesota out-shot Wisconsin, 10-7, the Badgers kept the Gophers from extending their lead, taking the third period, 1-0.

The Badgers also stayed disciplined throughout the contest, only committing two penalties, with one penalty overlapping the majority of a Minnesota penalty in the first period. Neither team scored on the power play, as Wisconsin went 0-4 and Minnesota went 0-2 with the man advantage.

Wisconsin finishes the Border Battle weekend, and looks to end Minnesota's 25-game winning streak, Sunday at 2 p.m.

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