MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 1 Minnesota women's hockey team recorded a 2-0 win to earn a series sweep over No. 4/5 Wisconsin at Ridder Arena Saturday evening.
Senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.) scored two third-period goals to lead the Gophers. Minnesota (4-0-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) outshot the Badgers, 33-27, in the game, and sophomore Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) made 27 saves in her first shutout of the season.
Wisconsin (2-2-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) outshot the Gophers 22-19 through the first two periods, but Minnesota's offense once again found a spark in the third period.
"Three times in the last four games, we've gone into the third period tied and we've been able to come out of it each time," head coach Brad Frost said. "It was great to see our kids push forward and not only get that one goal but kind of close it down by getting that second goal as well and giving us a little breathing room. But, overall, I'm proud of the team. This was a great weekend."
Terry broke the scoreless tie with 14:18 remaining when she scored her first goal of the season off a feed from freshman Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) and junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.). Terry lit the lamp again less than eight minutes later, sealing the Gopher victory at the 13:30 mark of the third period. Senior Baylee Gillanders(Kyle, Sask.) and Cameranesi picked up the assists on the play.
The win extended Minnesota's NCAA-record winning streak to 53 games.
Both teams were scoreless on the power play after all three goals came on special teams play in last night's 2-1 Gopher win. Minnesota was 0-for-4 with the man advantage while holding Wisconsin scoreless on two power-play opportunities.
Wisconsin (2-2-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) received 31 saves from senior goaltender Alex Rigsby.
The Gophers are on the road for seven of their next eight games, beginning with a series at No. 9 Minnesota Duluth next weekend. Puck drop is set for 6:07 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth.