MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota State (5-11-0) found itself up 1-0 against No.1 Wisconsin (17-1-0) but then gave up five unanswered goals in the final two periods at All Seasons Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Mavericks found themselves ahead of the Badgers 1-0 at the end of the first period when junior forward Lauren Smith chipped away at the puck in front of UW goalie Alex Rigsby at 7:51. Smith (4-8-12), the leading scorer for MSU, scored was her fourth goal of the season that was assisted by sophomore Lauren Barnes and senior Jackie Otto on a scrum in front of the Badger net. Minnesota State and Wisconsin were even in the shots column as each tallied 11 after the first period.
Wisconsin used a three-goal, second period to create a 3-1 lead after two periods of play, scoring three different ways. UW's Brianna Decker didn't waste much time before she scored an even strength goal 45 seconds into the second period. Hilary Knight notched two goals as one was on the power play and one was shorthanded. Brianna Decker, Alev Kelter and Karie Sylvester all marked and assist on a Knight goal.
UW's Brooke Ammerman scored two goals in the third period to skate Wisconsin to a 5-1 victory. The first goal Ammerman beat MSU goalie Danielle Butters even strength and then buried the puck upstairs on her second goal on the power play.
The Mavericks were 0-of-6 on the power play, while the Badgers went 2-of-4 on the advantage.
Minnesota State was outshot 44-30 in the game.
MSU hits the road next weekend to face St. Cloud State in a WCHA Friday-Saturday series. Friday is scheduled to begin at 7:07.