DULUTH, Minn. - It wouldn't be a series at AMSOIL Arena between the Wisconsin women's hockey team and Minnesota Duluth without overtime theatrics as Casey O'Brien scored 23 seconds into overtime to lift the top-ranked Badgers to a 5-4 win over the No. 7 Bulldogs.
O'Brien's goal ended a thrilling contest that saw the Badgers (8-0-0, 4-0-0-0 WCHA) overcome a two-goal deficit against the Bulldogs (2-4-0, 2-4-0-0 WCHA) and also marked the third-straight series finale between the two teams that ended with an overtime winner for UW.
Minnesota Duluth's Anna Klein scored twice in the first and Wisconsin went into the second period down 2-0.
Sarah Wozniewicz got the Badgers on the board during the second period. Senior Nicole LaMantia recorded her 50th career point with an assist on the opening goal. Wozniewicz netted the puck again to tie the game at 2-2.
LaMantia got the Badgers up 3-2 with a goal early in the third but the Bulldogs answered shortly after to tie the game again. Maddi Wheeler scored another goal for Wisconsin to get the team back up 4-3 but Duluth answered again, eventually sending the teams into overtime at 4-4.
O'Brien scored early in overtime to call the game off a feed from Daryl Watts, who had scored the previous two overtime game-winning goals in Duluth.
Three Notes of the Game
- Wozniewicz leads all WCHA rookie skaters with six goals this season. She is second in the NCAA for rookie points with eight.
- After being outshot 9-1 in the opening 20 minutes, the Badgers outshot the Bulldogs 19-8 in the middle frame and 16-10 in the final frame.
- The Badgers are an undefeated 8-0 to start the season. This is the team's sixth season starting 8-0.
Straight from the Rink
Head Coach Mark Johnson
On second period play:
"We knew Duluth was going to come out this afternoon and play hard after our game on Friday. We responded well the second period, we started to move our feet, we started to make some opportunities. When you score you create energy and it became a pretty good hockey game after that."
On today's play:
"Daryl makes a nice pass and Casey is able to get the back of the net. So good college hockey game. It's the middle of October so it's a game where I think we can learn a lot about ourselves."
The Badgers return to LaBahn Arena to face No. 2 Ohio State this weekend. Puck drop on Saturday is set for 2 p.m. while Sunday's contest will begin at 3 p.m. and will air live on Big Ten Network.