|3rd||6:54||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Emily Clark (4)||Annie Pankowski/5, Sam Cogan/3|
|3rd||19:51||WIS||2-0||EV EN||Sarah Nurse (4)||Sydney McKibbon/4, Annie Pankowski/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (4-2-1)||0/6||9/21||0|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 6-0-1)||60:00||0||5||2||9||16|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Lexie Shaw (L, 4-1-1)||59:20||1||9||19||10||38|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The No. 9 University of North Dakota women's hockey team suffered a 2-0 defeat to No. 1 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The loss is the second of the season for the Fighting Hawks, who are now 4-2-1 (3-2-0-0 WCHA) on the season. The Badgers remain undefeated and are now 6-0-1 (4-0-1-1 WCHA).
Even with Wisconsin holding an advantage in shots, the two sides remained deadlocked into the start of the third period. The Badgers got on the board seven minutes into the period, scoring their first goal in Ralph Engelstad Arena in over two years; as UND shutout Wisconsin both times at home last season. Wisconsin then added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to secure the 2-0 decision.
Despite conceding the lone goal, goaltender Lexie Shaw was stellar in net for North Dakota. She stopped all 28 shots she faced in the first two periods of play, including 11 saves on the penalty kill. Shaw was a major part of UND's success on the PK, as the Fighting Hawks went a perfect 9-9 on the kill against the Badgers.
Shaw also received a lot of help in front of her, as the UND defense blocked a season-high 21 shots in the contest, including seven by Gracen Hirschy and six from Anna Kilponen.
North Dakota did generate some quality chances during the game. Freshman Sarah Lecavalier earned a breakaway at the end of the second period, and Amy Menke had her own breakaway in the third period, but both chances were stopped by Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens.
UND also had a chance to score the game's first goal during a five-on-three power play in the first minutes of the third period. Emma Nuutinen got the puck on the backdoor, but Desbiens was able to slide over and get her pad in front of the shot to keep the game scoreless. Desbiens ended the contest with 16 saves.
North Dakota and Wisconsin return to the ice tomorrow afternoon to finish off the weekend series. Sunday's game is set to start at 2:07 p.m. (CT).