|1st||13:45||WIS||1-0||EV||Baylee Wellhausen (4)||Annie Pankowski/15|
|3rd||17:00||NDK||1-1||EV||Shannon Kaiser (2)||Leah Jensen/3, Tori Williams/2|
|OT||2:40||WIS||2-1||EV GW||Sarah Nurse (8)||Katy Josephs/8, Mellissa Channell/12|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (7-8-2)||0/2||4/8||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (L, 4-5-2)||62:40||2||13||14||18||1||46|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 13-2-1)||62:40||1||2||6||6||0||14|
MADISON, Wisc. - Sophomore Sarah Nurse fired a laser into the top corner of the of the net in overtime to power the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 2-1 overtime triumph over North Dakota on Friday at LaBahn Arena.
Nurse ended the suspense as she collected a pass from linemate Katy Josephs, skated into the North Dakota zone, and launched a rocket from the slot that went stick-side over UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie's outstretched blocker into to back of the net.
"It was a heads-up play from the defense," Nurse said about her third game-winning goal of the season. "We had good puck moment through the neutral zone and I just took a shot and it went in."
Wisconsin (16-2-1, 12-2-1-0 WCHA) dominated play, outshooting North Dakota (7-8-2, 6-7-2-1 WCHA) 48-15. UW goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 14 of the 15 shots she faced to improve to 13-2-1 on the season, while Amsley-Benzie earned 46 saves in the loss.
The win also extended the Badgers' unbeaten streak to 11 games. During the run, Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 47-12 and has killed 26 of its 27 penalities.
The Badgers struck in the opening period, as freshman Baylee Wellhausen tipped in an Annie Pankowski shot to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead. The goal marked Wellhausen's fourth of the season, and the second time the Williams Bay native has scored UW's first goal of a game.
Wisconsin ended the first period outshooting North Dakota 14-2, and didn't allow a UND shot until five minutes to go in the frame.
Neither team lit the lamp in the second, as the Badgers outshot North Dakota 14-6.
UW looked like it was on its way to its sixth-consecutive shutout, which would have been a program record, until UND's Shannon Kaiser tied the game at 1 with a bouncing, rebound goal. It ended a stretch of hockey where Wisconsin held its opponents scoreless for 387 minutes and 56 seconds, a school record.
"We didn't get down on ourselves one bit," Nurse said about the Badgers' mentality after the UND goal. "We don't doubt ourselves and we know that we could win the hockey game, so we came out and played as well as we could."
Wisconsin had chances late in the game to end it in regulation, but couldn't convert as the Badgers went to overtime for a third time this season, and a second time this year against North Dakota.
UW controlled the puck for most of the extra session before Nurse put away her eight goal of the season to give Wisconsin its first overtime win since Feb. 17, 2013 against Minnesota Duluth.
Wisconsin's 48 shots on net marked the 13th time this season the Badgers' had 40 or more shots on net.
"You look at quality chances," UW head coach Mark Johnson. "We had 48 on net, we probably had in the middle 20's that missed the net, so we were creating opportunities. We had 101 attempted shots. That's a real high number. She (Amsley-Benzie) gave her team a chance to win today and Sarah (Nurse) came up with a big play in overtime to give us the victory."
"We were obviously getting opportunities and chances, but they weren't going in for us tonight," Nurse said. "It's nothing that we could have done any differently."
Wisconsin and North Dakota resume their two-game series on Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest at LaBahn Arena.