2018-19 WCHA Game Recap

Sophomore goaltender Alex Gulstene made 27 saves for the Gophers
Gulstene Backstops Minnesota To 1-0 Win At Wisconsin
Sophomore goaltender Alex Gulstene made 27 saves for the Gophers

MADISON, Wis. - For the first time all season, the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team suffered a 1-0 setback to No. 3 Minnesota on Saturday at LaBahn Arena.

Wisconsin (8-1-0, 2-1-0-0 WCHA) outshot border-rival Minnesota 27-23, but came up empty in Saturday's contest.

After a pair of scoreless periods, Minnesota scored on a power-play in the third period to take a 1-0 lead with 12 minutes left.

UW generated several chances late in the game, but the Badgers were unable to send the game into overtime. UW outshot the Gophers 12-7 in the final stanza.

Three Notes of the Game

- Redshirt junior Kristen Campbell stopped 22 of the 23 shots she faced in the set back.

- Saturday's defeat marked the first time UW lost at home since suffering a 2-0 loss to Minnesota on Dec. 3, 2016. The Badgers went on to win the series finale, 8-2, on Dec. 4, which was the start of a 35-game home unbeaten streak.

- Senior Annie Pankowski recorded a team high five shots on net.

Straight from the Rink

UW head coach Mark Johnson

On the team's performance overall:

"It was a good game. In the early part of the game, Minnesota came out and tried to play fast and quick and it took us a few shifts to adjust but overall it was a really good hockey game; a lot of up and down, a lot of activity, low number of quality scoring opportunities. Both teams defended their areas really well. It comes down to one play and we had a little bit of a break up in our penalty kill and they had a nice shot and that's the difference in the game."

On being encouraged with the team's performance:
"I mean, there are a lot of good things. I think after the first five or six minutes I think we settled in and played pretty well after that point. Everybody got an opportunity to contribute and it's a tight game and both teams are defending really well. There weren't a lot of second and third opportunities until the last couple minutes when we pulled our goalie. You have to scratch and claw to try and get a chance and both goalies played well. It was just a good game that came down to one opportunity that somebody took advantage of."

On a typical Border Battle:
"They played a lot better than they did last weekend. You knew they were going to come in off a loss and get excited to come down here and play. I thought the speed of the game for both teams was really high, that's probably the fastest game that we've been involved in all year. A lot of good things and a couple things to work on and we'll look at that tomorrow morning and I'm sure tomorrow will be very similar. Both teams played four lines for a good chunk of the game so teams should be well rested and excited for the match up tomorrow afternoon."

Senior forward Annie Pankowski
On the Border Battle:

"It's Minnesota and Wisconsin, it's always going to come down to one or two bounces that go your way so I think that when we can capitalize on the bounces that go our way it'll be lot better for us in a tight game like that."

On UW's play in the third:
"I'm proud of the way we played that third period, as soon as we got rolling we started to show ourselves."

Up Next

The Badgers wrap up their Border Battle with Minnesota at 2 p.m. on Sunday at LaBahn Arena.

Game Summary

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Game statistics
23 Shots 27
1 / 2 Power Plays 0 / 3
3 / 6 PIM 2 / 4
7-1-1 Records 8-1-0
Minnesota Wisconsin
Emily Brown (2)
3rd/7:53 PP GW
Minnesota Wisconsin
Alex Gulstene
59:55, 27 Saves, 0 GA
(W, 5-0-0)

Empty Net
0:05, 0 GA
Kristen Campbell
58:18, 22 Saves, 1 GA
(L, 8-1-0)

Empty Net
1:42, 0 GA