Kepler Leads Wisconsin Past Minnesota, 4-3
Senior forward Claudia Kepler scores two goals in third period for Badgers

Senior forward Claudia Kepler scored two goals in the third period for the Badgers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 11:05  MIN1-0 EV Sydney Baldwin (11)Taylor Wente/11, Grace Zumwinkle/20
1st 14:22  MIN2-0 EV Sydney Baldwin (12)Alex Woken/12, Cara Piazza/12
2nd 2:03  WIS1-2 EV Sam Cogan (8)Brette Pettet/9, Caitlin Schneider/7
2nd 3:34  MIN3-1 EV Grace Zumwinkle (14)Nicole Schammel/13
2nd 13:58  WIS2-3 EV Sam Cogan (9)Brette Pettet/10, Mekenzie Steffen/14
3rd 0:32  WIS3-3 PP Claudia Kepler (19)Sam Cogan/17, Abby Roque/24
3rd 14:02  WIS4-3 EV GW Claudia Kepler (20)Abby Roque/25, Grace Bowlby/12
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota  2103
Wisconsin  0224
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota  82515
Wisconsin  8111938
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota (20-9-3)  0/2 3/6 0
Wisconsin (28-3-2)  1/3 2/4 0
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Sidney Peters (L, 13-7-1)59:314 891734
Empty Net0:290     
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Kristen Campbell (W, 28-3-2)60:003 61512

MADISON, Wis. -- Junior Sam Cogan and Senior Claudia Kepler each scored two goals to lead the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team past No. 7 Minnesota in a 4-3 thriller Friday night at LaBahn Arena.

Minnesota (20-9-3, 16-7-3-2 WCHA) controlled much of the first period, racing out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of back-to-back goals from senior defenseman Sydney Baldwin.

Wisconsin's (28-3-2, 19-2-2-2 WCHA) comeback began early in the second frame when Cogan notched her first goal of the night to make it 2-1 in the opening minutes of the period.

Minnesota freshman Grace Zumwinkle stretched the Gophers' lead back to two after scoring on an odd-man rush to make it 3-2 with 16 minutes to play in the second period.

However, Cogan added her second tally of the night late in the second period to spark a three-goal scoring run for the Badgers.

Kepler added her name to the scoresheet after burying her seventh power-play goal of the season just seconds into the third period to tie the game at three apiece.

With six minutes remaining, Kepler rocketed the game-winner past Minnesota netminder Sidney Peters to extend UW's unbeaten streak to six games against the Golden Gophers.

Three notes of the game

- Four Badgers tallied multi-point games in tonight's win over Minnesota. Cogan paced UW's offense, ending the night with two goals and an assist, and a +2 plus/minus rating.

- Minnesota was held to a season-low 15 shots. The last time Minnesota was held to less than 20 shots was in October when the Badgers held the Gophers to 17 shots.

- Thanks to the comeback win, UW extended its LaBahn Arena unbeaten streak to 25 games.

Play of the game

At the 5:58 mark of the final period, Kepler secured her team-leading 20th goal after launching a rocket from the circle to give the Badgers a 4-3 lead over the Gophers.

Straight from the Rink

UW head coach Mark Johnson
On tonight's win:

"The nice thing about where we are right now is that we are at home. This season is a long grind and the kids knew we were going to play in-front of a sell-out home crowd playing against Minnesota. We had a good week of practices and from our standpoint we knew we were going to have an opportunity today and just didn't know what it was going to look like, and we saw how it looked and went after it."

On the rivalry and Senior Day on Saturday:
"It's senior day, it's game 34, you try and build momentum and certainly the players are going to feel good coming off tonight's win and now it's just a matter of getting fired up and excited. We're going to have a big crowd and the energy in the building is going to help us do that."

On the future:
"We're focused on tomorrow and wrapping the regular season up and the nice part of our position is we have a bye week next weekend. It's certainly going to help us."

Junior Forward Sam Cogan
On what winning in that fashion:

"That was super satisfying. Coming back from a 3-1 deficit is great for our team, because now we know, if we ever find ourselves in that situation again, we can definitely come back."

On Claudia Kepler's performance:
"She can shoot. She has a crazy shot. If I was a goalie, I would not want to stand in front of that shot ever. She's a great player, and it showed tonight."

Senior Forward Claudia Kepler
On how she felt following her game-winning goal:

"That was amazing, it really was awesome. After that last goal, I just thought about how I was really proud of our team. The way we fought. The way we battled. Coming back from down 2-0, then 3-1, we just slowly worked our way back and just continued to compete all game."

On the team's focus moving forward:
"That was a fun hockey game, but we need to move on to the next one now."

Up Next:

UW will celebrate its three seniors on Senior Day on Saturday against the Golden Gophers with a 3 p.m. contest at LaBahn Arena. Fans can listen to the game on 1310 WIBA AM.