Emily West and Sarah Erickson each scored two goals, while Kelly Terry had a goal and two assists to help the No. 8 Minnesota women's hockey team to a 7-5 upset win over No. 1 Wisconsin, tonight at Ridder Arena. The Golden Gophers improve to 6-4-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Wisconsin suffers its first loss of the season and sits at 8-1-0 overall and 6-1-0 in the WCHA.
Minnesota jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period. Wisconsin's Meghan Duggan opened the scoring when she netted a power-play goal at 3:11 in the first period. Minnesota, however, answered back with three goals of its own. Amanda Kessel scored her fifth goal of the season at 5:43 to tie the game at 1-1. Kessel was covered by two Wisconsin defenders, but was still able to get the shot off and past UW starting goalie Alex Rigsby.
In her first game back since Oct. 2, West buried a rebound attempt at 12:38 for her first goal of the season and 54th of her career. After sitting out the last seven games due to a leg injury, West scored after Kelly Terry had the initial shot. Terry netted a goal of her own at 18:28 to put the game at 3-1 when she scored on a breakaway. UW's Brianna Decker put a shot on goal. Gopher goalie Noora Raty kicked the save so far that it went past the defensive blue line. Terry had a open net to shoot at as Rigsby stumbled coming out to challenge her. It was Terry’s fifth goal of the season.
The Badgers replaced Rigsby with Becca Ruegsegger at the start of the second period. However, off the opening faceoff, West came at Ruegsegger and scored just seven seconds into the second period. West scored on her own rebound for her second goal of the game. Assists went to Terry and Bethany Brausen. Knight netted a goal to put the game at 4-2 when she scored at 3:57 in the second period. Kelly Seeler, however, responded when she scored a power-play goal at 5:43. Seeler fired a shot from the blue line as it went through Ruegsegger's five hole. Erickson and Jen Schoullis tallied the assists. Wisconsin answered back with a goal as Brittany Ammerman scored at 10:37 on a power-play attempt to cut the Gopher lead back to two. But, Erickson put the game back to three when she scored at 14:42 in the second period when she sniped a shot high for her second goal of the year. Baylee Gillanders and Raty tallied the second assist. Wisconsin battled back again as it cut the lead to one when Duggan and Prevost each scored at 16:48 and 18:14 in the second.
Minnesota started the third period with three penalties, one carrying over from the second. Minnesota had penalties called at 19:48 in the second, another at 3:36 in the third and again at 6:31. However, the Gophers were able to kill off all three penalties successfully, leaving the lead en tact. Sarah Erickson netted her second goal of the game when she lit the lamp at 10:24 in the third period.
Minnesota fired off just 22 shots on goal, a season low, while Wisconsin had 41 shots on goal. Minnesota capitalized on its one power-play attempt of the evening, while the Badgers were 2-for-5 with the extra attacker.
On the night, West scored two goals and an assist and held a +5 rating. Seeler and Terry were each a +4 on the night. West was named the No. 1 star of the game, while Terry was the second and Erickson was the third. Minnesota had 11 players tally a point in the win. Raty finished the night with 36 saves. Rigsby had seven saves, while Ruegsegger had eight.
The Gophers and Badgers will battle again tomorrow at 4:07 p.m.