|1st||3:35||MIN||1-0||PP||Sarah Potomak (12)||Kelly Pannek/23, Kate Schipper/23|
|1st||5:00||MIN||2-0||EV||Kate Schipper (12)||Dani Cameranesi/33, Kelly Pannek/24|
|1st||12:51||WIS||1-2||EV||Erika Sowchuk (11)||Annie Pankowski/32, Jenny Ryan/23|
|2nd||13:19||MIN||3-1||EV||Cara Piazza (11)||Taylor Williamson/10, Sophie Skarzynski/7|
|2nd||16:34||WIS||2-3||EV||Sarah Nurse (22)||Kaitlyn Harding/5, Kim Drake/7|
|3rd||4:08||WIS||3-3||PS||Annie Pankowski (20)||-|
|OT||4:06||MIN||4-3||EV GW||Kelly Pannek (21)||Cara Piazza/22|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (L, 28-3-1)||64:06||4||6||12||4||1||23|
|Amanda Leveille (W, 23-3-1)||64:06||3||10||6||12||3||31|
MINNEAPOLIS - Kelly Pannek scored the game-winning goal with 54 seconds remaining in overtime as the No. 3 Golden Gopher women's hockey team earned a 4-3 overtime win and series sweep over No. 2 Wisconsin in front of 3,091 fans at Ridder Arena Saturday afternoon.
Pannek led the Gophers with three points on one goal and two assists. Minnesota (29-3-1, 24-3-1-0 WCHA) also received two points each from Kate Schipper (1g-1a), Cara Piazza (1g-1a), and Dani Cameranesi (2a), and Amanda Leveille made 31 saves in the win.
The Gophers took an early 2-0 lead and led 3-1 midway through the second period, but Wisconsin (30-3-1, 24-3-1-1 WCHA) tied the game early in the third period on penalty shot goal by Annie Pankowski. Pannek's game-winner secured the sweep after Minnesota won 4-0 in game one on Friday.
"Well, what a great game here tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "Obviously a lot of ebbs and flows, back and forth. Great start for us just like last night. Wisconsin, to their credit, pushed back, and after getting down a couple times, they were able to tie the game up there in the third.
"Just great resiliency from our team - we weren't perfect here tonight. It was a little more of a classic Minnesota-Wisconsin matchup where both teams were exchanging blows. Everybody had chances."
Sarah Potomak put the Gophers on the board first with another quick start, capitalizing on the Gophers' first power play of the game when she buried a feed from Pannek and Schipper at the 3:35 mark of the opening period. Potomak fired a shot from the slot past UW netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens on her stick side to put the Gophers up 1-0.
Schipper then scored a goal of her own just 1:25 later when she cleaned up a rebound off a shot by Lee Stecklein from the point. Cameranesi and Pannek redirected the puck out to Schipper, who slotted it into an open net on Desbiens' glove side. Wisconsin responded before the period ended with a goal by Erika Sowchuk at 12:51, but Minnesota took a one-goal lead into the first intermission.
The second period saw Piazza extend the Gophers' lead to two at 3-1 with 9:41 remaining before the Badgers again came within one on a Sarah Nurse goal at the 16:34 mark of the middle frame. The Gophers again took a one-goal lead into intermission.
Wisconsin outshot Minnesota, 13-4, in the third period and tied the game on a penalty shot goal by Annie Pankowski at the 4:08 mark. The Badgers were awarded the penalty shot after Milica McMillen used her hand to cover the puck in the crease during a scrum in front of Leveille.
Pannek then sealed the border battle series sweep for the Gophers off a feed from Piazza with 54 seconds remaining in overtime.
"Just an awesome way to end it after losing in overtime at their place with 50-some seconds left," Frost said. "To come back and get that one at the end was pretty special for Kelly and for our team heading into playoffs."
Desbiens finished with 23 saves for Wisconsin as the Badgers outshot the Gophers, 34-27, for the game. Wisconsin's defense leads the NCAA, allowing just 26 goals in 34 games played; of the Badgers' 26 goals allowed, Minnesota has scored 11 of them in four games.
Minnesota held UW scoreless on two power plays while going one-for-four with the man advantage.
The defending national champion Gophers begin their national title defense by hosting No. 7 seed Ohio State in a WCHA First Round best-of-three series at Ridder Arena next weekend. Games times for the first round series with OSU are set for 7 p.m. CT Friday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m. CT Saturday, Feb. 27, and if necessary, 2 p.m. CT Sunday, Feb. 28. The Gophers are the No. 2 seed in the WCHA postseason, which continues with the 2016 WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena March 5-6.