Mankato, Minn. --- Junior goaltender Danielle Butters made a career-high 41 saves as the Mavericks battled to a 2-2 tie with #2 Wisconsin Friday evening at All Seasons Arena. The Badgers earned an additional point in the WCHA standings winning the shootout 3-2.
Junior forward Lauren Barnes kicked off the scoring for MSU at 11:34 when she wristed a shot past Alex Rigsby giving the Mavericks a 1-0 lead. The Badgers would respond 45 seconds later when Alev Kelter tipped a slap shot from the point past Butters tying the contest at a goal a piece.
Butters lead the way for MSU in the second period as the junior made numerous remarkable saves to shutdown the Badgers on two power plays in the frame. Neither team was able to get a marker in the second as Wisconsin held a 20-13 advantage in shots through two periods.
Senior forward Lauren Smith gave the Mavericks the lead at the 10:28 mark of the third period as she put a pass from junior forward Nicole Germaine into the back of the net. MSU held the lead thanks to Butters until 19:11 in the third period when Katy Josephs beat the Maverick goaltender on the right side six seconds after Wisconsin pulled it's goalie.
Minnesota State outshot the Badgers 5-4 in the overtime period, but neither team was able to score forcing a shootout. After a miss by Barnes, Madison Packer scored on her opportunity giving Wisconsin a 3-2 shootout win.
Wisconsin owned a 43-23 advantage in shots on goal
Minnesota State (0-0-1, 0-0-1 WCHA) will face the Badgers in the weekend finale tomorrow at All Seasons Arena with the drop of the puck set for 3:07 p.m.