|1st||6:46||MIN||1-0||SH||Hannah Brandt (7)||-|
|1st||8:24||WIS||1-1||EV||Karley Sylvester (4)||Courtney Burke/2, Blayre Turnbull/5|
|1st||9:34||MIN||2-1||EV GW||Dani Cameranesi (4)||Brook Garzone/3|
|1st||19:59||MIN||3-1||PP||Dani Cameranesi (5)||Rachel Ramsey/5, Hannah Brandt/3|
|2nd||19:20||MIN||4-1||EV||Dani Cameranesi (6)||Lee Stecklein/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Amanda Leveille (W, 3-0-1)||59:48||1||8||7||8||23|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (L, 4-1-0)||60:00||4||11||4||7||22|
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team faced off with No. 2 Minnesota Friday night in the first of two Border Battle games. In a competitive back and forth matchup, the Badgers suffered their first loss of the season and dropped game one of the battle, 4-1.
Despite the tough loss, head coach Mark Johnson was optimistic about the team's opportunity to rebound from the setback.
"We found out things about us tonight, and our players found out things about themselves," Johnson said. "It's a good learning opportunity, and the big thing is to grow from this game."
Senior Karley Sylvester led the way for Wisconsin (6-1-0, 4-1-0-0 WCHA), scoring the lone Badger goal in the first period of play.
Minnesota (4-0-1, 2-0-1-0 WCHA) jumped out to the early lead just seven minutes into the game. UW allowed its first power play goal of the season following a UW defensive turnover. Ann-Renee Desbiens was left to defend the Gopher breakaway but was unable to come up with the save.
Less than two minutes later, the Badgers responded with a goal of their own. Wisconsin's current points leader, Karley Sylvester, netted her fourth goal of the season with assists from junior Courtney Burke and senior Blayre Turnbull.
Following the UW equalizer, the Gophers regained the lead off a goal by Dan Cameranesi, her first of two on the night.
Wisconsin continued to battle back from the deficit, earning an advantage in shots on goal midway through the first period. However, Minnesota was able to find a rebound goal on the power play with three tenths of a second remaining in the first period to lead 3-1.
The Badgers spent a total of eight minutes on the power play in the second period following four straight Gopher penalties. Despite creating multiple opportunities on net, UW was unable to capitalize.
Wisconsin controlled possession for a majority of the period and held the Gophers to only five shots on goal while recording seven of its own. However, Cameranesi scored her second goal of the game with less than a minute remaining in the second to give UM a 4-1 advantage.
Entering the third period trailing 4-1, the Badgers added early pressure and recorded a shot on goal immediately following the faceoff. However, the Gophers were able to hold Wisconsin scoreless for the remainder of the game.
The Badgers finished the game with 24 total shots on goal, compared to Minnesota's 26.
Johnson looked forward to the opportunity to make corrections for tomorrow's game.
"You look at the overall game and there are some things that we can clean up," Johnson said. "If we clean up those areas, it gives us a chance to play better."
The two teams will return to action at LaBahn Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Wisconsin will look to bounce back from tonight's defeat and split the Border Battle series against the Gophers.
- Karley Sylvester extended her point streak to nine games with her first period goal
- Minnesota's power play goal snapped a perfect 28-28 penalty kill for UW
- Tickets are still available for the series finale, Saturday at 3 p.m.