MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team scored three unanswered goals on Saturday afternoon at LaBahn Arena against North Dakota to record the 3-2 victory. Alex Rigsby recorded 33 saves in the come-from-behind win, as the Badgers were outshot 35-26.
"(Alex Rigsby) played well," said head coach Mark Johnson. "She's given us an opportunity to win. I thought in the early part of the second period, the first seven or eight minutes, we came out with a good jump."
The Badgers (11-6-2, 7-6-2-2) found themselves down early, with North Dakota (11-6-0, 8-5-0) scoring just 40 seconds into the game from Josefine Jackobsen. With the rest of the first period going scoreless, UND scored again in the second period with a goal from Andrea Dalen to go up 2-0.
Wisconsin wasn't going down without a fight, and capitalized on the power play with a goal from Madison Packer. Brianna Decker created the play with a centering pass from the left-side boards. The pass deflected off a UND defender and went under the legs of UND goalie Jorid Dagfinrud, before hitting the right post. Packer crashed the net from the right side and poked in the loose puck, before Dagfinrud could find it, for her eighth goal of the season.
Just 30 seconds later, Decker netted her 18th goal of the season when she curled around from behind the net and sniped Dagfinrud's blocker side. The score was all tied up 2-2 going into the third period.
Wisconsin's offense kept rolling as Alev Kelter scored the game-winning goal two minutes into the third period. A perfect centering pass from Erica Sowchuk to Kelter in front of the crease gave the Badgers the 3-2 advantage. Rigsby saved 13 shots in the third period to keep North Dakota scoreless.
The Badgers killed three penalties, only allowing one goal from the power play against North Dakota. The Badgers went 1-5 on the power play in the game. Wisconsin was out-shot 35-26 by North Dakota, marking the first victory of the season for the Badgers when the team trailed in shots.
"They're going to be disappointed that they let this one get away from them, so they'll come out in the first five or seven minutes and try to establish some things," Johnson remarked about tomorrow's game. "We'll have to respond and we'll have to be ready to go. It was a good victory, and it's a good opportunity tomorrow to come back and hopefully play a little bit more of a thorough game."
Wisconsin and North Dakota return to LaBahn Arena on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. to close out the series and the 2012 portion of the season.
- First game the Badgers have won this season when being outshot
- 33 saves in a win is a season best for Alex Rigsby
- Brianna Decker and Madison Packer both recorded one goal and one assist