MINNEAPOLIS -- Grace Zumwinkle scored two goals and Sydney Scobee made 31 saves as the No. 2 University of Minnesota women's hockey team handed top-ranked Wisconsin its first loss of the season with a 4-2 win in front of a near sell-out crowd of 3,283 fans at Ridder Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Minnesota (10-1-0, 6-1-0 WCHA) scored four-straight goals after going down by one early in the game, netting back-to-back tallies less then two minutes apart in both the second and third periods. The Gophers led 2-1 after 40 minutes of play and extended their lead to 4-1 with 14:01 remaining in the game. The Badgers (10-1-0, 4-1-0 WCHA) got one back with less than four minutes remaining, but Minnesota claimed the game one victory in this weekend's Border Battle series.
Along with Zumwinkle's two-goal effort, the Gophers received multiple points from Sarah Potomak (1g-1a) and Amy Potomak (2a). Alex Woken also added a goal for the Maroon & Gold while Wisconsin received its goals from Daryl Watts and Presley Norby. Scobee's 31 saves tied her season high as she faced 33 shots from the Badgers. Minnesota posted 21 shots on goal, and Kristen Campbell finished with 17 saves for the Badgers.
"Great atmosphere here tonight -- having Ridder Arena filled up and having lots of people here to witness a great hockey game was pretty exciting," head coach Brad Frost said. "The other team played really, really well. We took away their time and space for the most part. Even in the first period when we were getting outshot 10-3, we had more quality chances than three shots, with breakaways and 2-on-1s and 3-on-2s. We only hit the net on one of those. I know our team felt comfortable after the first period, and being able to get those two quick ones in the second was obviously big. To get the third and fourth and win the game was even bigger. Overall it was a great 60 minutes of hockey for our team and I'm really happy for them. They deserved it here tonight."
"We walked away from the first period feeling like we put the energy we needed out on the ice," Zumwinkle said. "It carried over into the second, and we focused on getting more shots on the net hoping that at least one would go in."
The game marked Zumwinkle's team-leading fifth multi-goal game of the season. Zumwinkle (11g-7a) and linemate Taylor Heise (7g-11a) are tied for the scoring lead among the Gophers with 18 points each on the year.
Minnesota and Wisconsin meet in game two of the Border Battle series at 2:07 p.m. CT Sunday at Ridder Arena. Sunday is a Gold Out at Ridder Arena; all fans are encouraged to wear gold, and there is a rally towel giveaway.
Fans can also pick up four tickets to Sunday's game as part of a Cub Family 4-Pack; receive four tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns, four soft drinks, and $5 off $50 at Cub. The Gophers are pleased to welcome fans from Red Wing, Lakeville, and Burnsville to Ridder Arena for Community Weekend as well.