Sophomore defenseman Milica McMillen nets game-winning goal for Golden Gophers

Sophomore defenseman Milica McMillen scored the game-winning goal for the Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS - Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) made 34 saves and sophomore Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal as the No. 1 Golden Gopher women's hockey team topped No. 4/5 Wisconsin, 2-1, in front of 2,754 fans at Ridder Arena Friday night.

Minnesota (3-0-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) broke a 1-1 tie at the 7:12 mark of the third period when McMillen solved UW goaltender Alex Rigsby on the power play. McMillen found a hole in the slot and fired a laser past Rigsby to give Minnesota its first lead of the game.

Wisconsin (2-1-0, 2-1-0 WCHA) outshot the Gophers, 35-23, after posting a 30-11 advantage through two periods. Minnesota responded in the third, outshooting the Badgers 12-5, including six shots on two power plays.

"It was nice to see the team turn it around there in the third, get that goal and then just really shut it down defensively," head coach Brad Frost said. "That's always been a staple of our program, to take care of things in the defensive end and I thought we did a nice job. Amanda Leveille was tremendous, particularly in that second period."

All three goals came on the power play as the teams exchanged special teams goals in the first period. Wisconsin struck first on a goal by Erika Sowchuk at the 11:03 mark, and the Gophers evened the score just 1:55 later. Sophomore Maryanne Menefee (Lansing, Mich.) scored her third goal of the season when she redirected a shot by senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.).

The Gophers and Badgers skated to a scoreless second period, but Wisconsin outshot Minnesota 18-5 during the middle frame. Leveille made 18 saves, including stopping seven power-play shots by UW.

The win extended Minnesota's NCAA-record winning streak to 52 games. Leveille and the Gophers improved to 3-0-0 on the season, while Rigsby made 21 saves in the Badgers' first loss of the season.

The Gophers were 2-for-3 with seven shots on the power play, and Wisconsin was 1-for-4 with nine shots.

Minnesota raised the 2013 national championship banner prior to the game, recognizing the program's perfect 41-0-0 mark during the 2012-13 season.

The Gophers and Badgers conclude the series Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena. Puck drop is set for 4:07 p.m. CT.