Gophers sweep Badgers

Wisconsin's women's hockey team drops its second straight to the top-ranked Gophers

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Minnesota's power play proved its proficiency again on Sunday afternoon as the undefeated Gophers downed the Wisconsin Badgers 3-1 in WCHA action at the Kohl Center.


The second period power play goal by former Olympian Krissy Wendell sealed the victory the Gophers. Camped on the back door, Wendell took Natalie Darwitz's pass from across the crease and slammed it into an empty net.


Minnesota scored three power play goals against the Badgers in Saturday's 3-0 victory and has converted on 38.5 percent of its chances this season with the man-advantage.


Though the Gophers had the 1-0 lead on the scoreboard at the end of the first period the period may have proved very costly. With less than five minutes to go they lost captain Kelsey Bills to an apparent ankle injury. The senior from Carstairs, Alberta was carried off the ice unable to put any weight on her foot.


The lone score of the first period came on a Chelsey Brodt's shot from the blue line that deflected off Wisconsin defender Kathryn Greaves stick over Christine Dufour's left shoulder.


The Badgers pulled to within one goal at 17:41 of the third period when freshman Sara Bauer skated across the middle and used her backhand to put the puck top-shelf. The Badgers then took their timeout to plot strategy.


Goaltender Christine Dufour was pulled for the extra attacker with 18:49 on the clock. The Badgers kept the puck in the zone until the waning seconds. With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Natalie Darwitz stole the puck. She dished off to La Toya Clark, who banged home the empty net goal.


"Very happy with the effort that the girls did not only in yesterday's game but how they responded, came back (and) played very hard today," Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson said. "We had six pretty good periods, made a couple mistakes in the first game on our penalty kill—overall very encouraged by a lot of signs.


"I'm encouraged. I like what I saw and I got some questions answered as far as some of the things that we need to get answered in the early part of the season here."


The Badgers (4-2, 0-2 WCHA) are home again next weekend when they take on Ohio State at the Kohl Center at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.

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