Wisconsin's second period explosion was too much for UND to handle as the Badgers skated to a 6-2 victory to finish off the series sweep.
After a scoreless first period, Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) sparked UND's offense early in the second period after receiving a pass from Alison Parizek, who had just jumped out of the penalty box. The 1-0 lead would be UND's only lead of the game. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) added the second goal for the Sioux in the third period.
Wisconsin unleashed its powerful offense by scoring four even-strength goals and outshooting UND 22-4 to close out the second period on top. En route to victory, the Badgers added two more goals in the final period of play. All six Badger goals were scored by different players.
Even before the game today you could tell the Sioux had more of spark during warm-ups and it had to be a key to today's game to get off to a better start after allowing three goals in the first period yesterday.
The Sioux jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in shots but it would even out by the end of the first period with Wisconsin leading 9-8. Both teams got ample scoring chances with a majority of them coming on power-play opportunities after the game got a bit physical in front of the Sioux net.
Brittany Ammerman was called for crosschecking the goaltender at 7:57 and Stefanie McKeough and Sara Dagenais (Montreal, Quebec) were sent to the box for coincidental penalties in another incident in front of Sioux backstop Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway).
UND would go unsuccessful on three power-play chances while holding Wisconsin 0-for-1 in the period.
The Sioux looked to have grabbed the momentum when Parizek got the puck coming out of the penalty box after a successful penalty kill and left a drop pass for Lamoureux who ripped a wrister past goaltender Alex Rigsby for the games first goal.
The goal was Lamoureux's team leading 14th of the season and already tied the program record for most conference goals in a season.
But the goal had a negative effect as it sparked the road team to five unanswered goals, four of which came in the remainder of the second period. The Badgers outshot the Sioux 22-4 in the period including 19-4 after the goal.
After UW's second goal of the period to take a 2-1 lead, the Sioux killed off a 5-on-3 Badger power play and the remainder of the succeeding 5-on-4 attempt, again looking to have grabbed some momentum. But as Lamoureux-Kolls was skating back into the play Kelly Nash used a good angle between the circles to bury a shot above Dagfinrud's glove to extend their lead.
Meghan Duggan would score on a breakaway just over a minute later to take a 4-1 lead into the third period.
A nice bounce on a point shot went right to Brooke Ammerman for Wisconsin's first power-play goal of the series at 4:41 of the third period. They would finish the game 1-for-6 and 1-for-10 on the man-advantage in the series.
After being held pointless for only the second time all season, Lamoureux-Kolls would score a goal nearly identical to her twin sisters goal yesterday. Skating in on Rigsby she would deke backhand-to-forehand getting the Badger goaltender way out of position for the goal.
The Badgers had answered and Sioux momentum gained all weekend and did so again the third period as Madison Packer scored the sixth UW goal to conclude the games scoring. All six goals were scored by different Badgers with 11 skaters picking up at least one point.
Dagfinrud drops to 4-5-0 on the season allowing six goals off 32 shots. They Sioux finished with two goals off 28 shots.
The Sioux will close out their first half of the season with another tough task at defending national champion Minnesota Duluth. The series will be the second of the season already between the two teams who split to open WCHA play on Oct. 8 and 10. It will also be the final series played in the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center for either Bulldogs hockey teams.