The No. 8 University of Minnesota women's hockey team fell, 5-0, to No. 1 Wisconsin, today at Ridder Arena. With the loss, the Gophers are 6-5-0 overall and 3-5-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Wisconsin improved to 9-1-0 overall and 7-1-0 in the WCHA.
In the first two periods of play it was all Wisconsin as the Badgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Stefanie McKeough put UW on the board at 10:55 in the first period with the assists from Brianna Decker and Carolyne Prevost adding the assists. Hilary Knight added to the lead when she scored her first of two goals at 13:01 in the first. Knight scored on a rebound attempt as she lifted it, top-shelf, for the goal.
The Badgers netted an additional three goals in the second period. Knight added her second goal of the game at 3:12 in the second with Meghan Duggan on the single assist. Duggan earned a goal of her own at 7:15 of the second. Duggan blocked a shot during the penalty and scored on a breakaway for her eighth goal of the season. Prevost added the fifth goal at 11:54 in the second as she scored just after a UW power-play attempt with Kelly Nash and Mallory Deluce on the assists.
The Gophers and Badgers closed out the third period scoreless, holding the score at 5-0. Minnesota's Noora Raty had 31 saves in the game, while Wisconsin's Alex Rigsby had 25 saves. The Gophers held the one of the best power-play units scoreless, as UW went 0-for-6 with the extra attacker. Minnesota was 0-for-4.
The Gophers will have next week off as some of the members will compete at the Four Nation's Cup with their respective teams. Minnesota's next action comes Nov. 19-20 when it travels to Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn. The Nov. 19 game is set for 7:07 p.m., followed by a 3:07 p.m. contest the next day. Both games will be played All Seasons Arena.