MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 2 University of Minnesota women's hockey team closed out the Border Battle series with a 2-2 overtime tie and shootout win over top-ranked Wisconsin at Ridder Arena on Sunday afternoon. Amy Potomak scored the shootout winner and Sydney Scobee made 32 saves for the Maroon & Gold as the Golden Gophers took five of six WCHA points from the Badgers on the weekend.
Minnesota (10-1-1, 6-1-1-1 WCHA) led 1-0 on Taylor Heise's first-period goal until the teams combined for three goals over a span of 3:21 in the third period to find themselves locked in a 2-2 tie. Britta Curl tied the game for Wisconsin (10-1-1, 4-1-1-0 WCHA) at the 3:40 mark of the third period, but Sarah Potomak responded two minutes later. Dara Greig then evened the score at 2-2 at the 7:01 mark of the third period.
The teams played a scoreless five-minute, five-on-five overtime period, so the game officially counts as a 2-2 overtime tie; neither team scored in the five-minute three-on-three overtime session, so a shootout was required to decide the final point in the WCHA regular season standings. Kirsten Campbell stopped Emily Brown's attempt and Scobee stopped Daryl Watts' shot in the first round before A. Potomak scored for the Gophers in round two. Abby Roque then missed the net on her attempt, and the Gophers won the shootout, 2-1.
Scobee's 32 saves marked a season high as she finished with a career-best 63 saves in the series. The Badgers had the advantage in shots on goal, 34-25, and Campbell made 23 saves for Wisconsin.
"It was an exciting game here today," head coach Brad Frost said. "There were a lot of momentum shifts today, particularly in the third period, during both the 5-on-5 and the 3-on-3 overtimes, and of course, the shootout. Winning the shootout and gaining the extra point was big. There were several chances for them to score, but Sydney Scobee was up to the task here tonight. I thought that both teams really wanted it here today and competed really well, so it ended up being a good hockey game. I'm certainly very happy about picking up five out of the six points here this weekend."
The game marked the first look at 3-on-3 overtime for both the Gophers and Badgers as the WCHA implemented new overtime/shootout procedures for the 2019-20 season.
The Gophers are back on the ice at Ridder Arena at 7:07 p.m. CT Tuesday evening for an exhibition game against Hamline. The Pipers are coached by Minnesota alumna Natalie Darwitz, who enters her fifth season at the helm of the program, and Hamline enters the 2019-20 season after finishing as NCAA Division III runner-up a year ago. Following the exhibition game against the Pipers, Minnesota returns to WCHA action by hosting Bemidji State on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16.