|1st||0:33||WIS||1-0||EV||Sophia Shaver (4)||Presley Norby/9, Mikaela Gardner/7|
|1st||3:37||MIN||1-1||EV||Lindsay Agnew (1)||Kippin Keller/4, Emily Brown/3|
|1st||7:41||WIS||2-1||EV||Baylee Wellhausen (1)||Abby Roque/11, Brette Pettet/5|
|3rd||6:54||MIN||2-2||PP||Sophie Skarzynski (4)||Cara Piazza/2, Sydney Baldwin/10|
|3rd||14:44||WIS||3-2||EV GW||Presley Norby (4)||Maddie Rolfes/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Kristen Campbell (W, 11-0-0)||60:00||2||6||9||10||25|
|Sidney Peters (L, 3-2-0)||58:44||3||6||4||4||14|
MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 6 Golden Gopher women's hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision to top-ranked Wisconsin after the Badgers broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period as the border rivals faced off in game one of this weekend's series in front of 2,109 fans Saturday evening at Ridder Arena.
Minnesota (5-3-1, 4-2-1-0 WCHA) received goals from Lindsay Agnew and Sophie Skarzynski while Wisconsin (11-0-0, 5-0-0-0) saw a 25-save performance from goalie Kristen Campbell and got the game-winning goal from Presley Norby.
"Great hockey game here tonight, two very good teams going at it," head coach Brad Frost said. "Obviously big rivals, so a lot of intensity and lot of passion -- it was fun. Obviously, we're disappointed with the loss, but at the same time very encouraged. I loved how our team played, not a lot of complaints."
The Gophers responded to Wisconsin's first two goals, twice tying the game in the first and third periods before the Badgers netted the game-winner with 5:16 remaining.
"I thought we got better as the game went on and had opportunities to score and win the game," Frost said. "Overall, I am really encouraged with where we are at right now."
The game got off to a fast, offensive start. Wisconsin took an early lead after Sophia Shaver's backhand got past Gopher netminder Sidney Peters just 33 seconds into the game.
The Gophers got one on the board to tie it up just 3:04 later when Agnew answered for Minnesota, scoring in front off a behind-the-net pass from Kippin Keller. The goal, assisted by Keller and Emily Brown at 3:37 of the first period, marked Agnew's first goal of the season.
The back-and-forth play continued throughout the opening frame despite the Badgers taking a 2-1 lead at 7:41 when Baylee Wellhausen scored at close range.
Late in the first period, both teams saw quality scoring opportunities with Peters and the Gophers withstanding a flurry of shots from Wisconsin before Campbell made a save on a breakaway by Keller. The period ended with Wisconsin taking the slight edge in shots on goal, 8-7, while still holding a one-goal lead.
Minnesota's offense was kick-started during the second period when Skarzynski tried to jam one in on the doorstep. The Gophers sustained offensive pressure throughout much of the period, with Cara Piazza, Alex Woken, Grace Zumwinkle, and Caitlin Reilly all getting some good looks. Though the period was scoreless, Minnesota took the lead in shots on goal, 16-12.
The third period saw Wisconsin's Maddie Rolfes called for interference at the 5:14 mark for Minnesota's second power play of the game. The Gophers converted with 19 seconds remaining in the man advantage when Skarzynski scored her fourth goal of the season on a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle.
Wisconsin then scored the go-ahead goal with 5:16 remaining when Norby put the Badgers up 3-2 off a feed from Rolfes.
Minnesota sent a flurry of good shots towards Campbell late in the game and the Gophers pulled Peters for the extra skater with inside 90 seconds remaining, but the Maroon & Gold could not find the third equalizer.
The Gophers and Badgers finish the Border Battle series on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT at Ridder Arena. The Gophers will celebrate their annual Alumni Day with the alumni game set for 1 p.m. CT. Fans are also invited to celebrate Halloween with the Gophers with costumes, face-painting, and trick-or-treating on the concourse prior to puck drop.