MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 2 Golden Gopher women's hockey team dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to top-ranked Wisconsin in game one of this weekend's Border Battle series at Ridder Arena on Friday night.
Minnesota (9-5-0, 9-5-0 WCHA) led most of the game, including holding a two-goal lead two different times as the Gophers went up 2-0 and 3-1, but Wisconsin (9-2-0, 9-2-0 WCHA) tied the score at 3-3 with 25.5 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. Daryl Watts then scored her second of the game to secure the three-on-three overtime win for the visiting squad.
The Gophers received goals from Madeline Wethington, Grace Zumwinkle, and Crystalyn Hengler along with a 25-save effort from Lauren Bench while the Badgers were led by Watts with a pair of goals and 29 saves from goaltender Kennedy Blair.
The game marked the first three-on-three overtime action for the Gophers this season.
Game two of the Border Battle is set for 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday at Ridder Arena. Tune into a special extended pre-game show beginning at 3:30 p.m. live on Facebook, YouTube, and GopherSports.com here: Border Battle Saturday.