MADISON, Wis. - Senior Alexis Mauermann scored with 1:15 left in regulation to lift the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 4-3 win over No. 10 Minnesota Duluth on Friday night at LaBahn Arena.
The Janesville native beat 2018 Olympic gold medalist netminder Maddie Rooney top shelf to extend Wisconsin's (17-1-1, 9-1-1-0 WCHA) unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs (8-7-2, 4-5-2-1 WCHA) to 13 games.
Four goals hit the net just in the top of the first period despite the slow start on the ice for the Badgers and the Bulldogs .
Senior Abby Roque posted the first goal of the night off a sharp rebound by junior Daryl Watts' shot just 1:10 into the game.
Minnesota Duluth posted two goals in the four minutes that followed, putting the Badgers down for the first time this season at home.
The Badgers made sure to come back quickly to tie the game at 2-2 as Watts placed a clean backdoor one-timer from Roque past Rooney.
After a scoreless second, Roque posted her second of the game with 14:17 left in the third off a down-ice pass by Watts and sophomore Nicole LaMantia.
The Bulldogs tied it up late in the third with a bar down shot, but the Badgers refused to let it lie there as they kept the sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena on the edge of its seats.
With 1:15 left on the clock, Roque stole the puck at center ice and passed to Mauermann who sniped a perfect top left corner to post her fourth goal of the season and the fourth and final of the game.
Wisconsin finished on top with 37 shots as senior netminder Kristen Campbell made 19 saves.
Three notes of the game:
- Senior Abby Roque now holds 106 assists and 151 points with the Badgers after a four-point game tonight.
- The 2018 Patty Kazmaier Award winner junior Daryl Watts posted a three-point game to improve her goal streak to nine in seven games.
- Wisconsin improved to 22-1-4 against Minnesota Duluth, tallying a 13-game unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs (12-0-1).
Straight from the Rink:
UW head coach Mark Johnson
On the game:
"Some nights, it's a strange game. In the first eight minutes it's 2-2. It was a good game. We scored in the third period to go up by a goal. I thought that was going to be it. We were trying to take care of many things and we made a mistake, and they capitalized and were able to come back and score another one. It was a good win. We found a way to win, and it was a good opponent, they played well. They did some things to confuse us, but overall it was a pretty good effort.
On the plays:
"It's a game where you have to take care of the puck and manage the puck as well as you can. In the second period, I thought there were times when we did a really good job of that. We didn't give up much. We didn't give up a lot of great scoring opportunities. In these types of games you try to get to the finish line and make sure you have one more goal than they do. You don't know how it's going to happen, but a couple of late goals, one by them and one by us is the difference.
On the Mauermann game-winner:
"Alexis gets a game winner, and that's what you need, a secondary scorer, someone that steps up and makes the play. It came at a crucial time. They take a little bit of momentum away from us with a late goal to tie it, and they come back a shift later and end up getting ahead, so that's what we're talking about. If we get that, it's going to be more challenging for others to play against."
The Badgers rematch Minnesota Duluth at LaBahn Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m.