Wisconsin outshot Minnesota State 39-15 and freshman forward Sara Bauer tallied three points in a 4-1 win Sunday. With the win, No. 4 Wisconsin is tied with No. 2 Minnesota for first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 27 points apiece. The plot thickens as Wisconsin travels to take on the Gophers next weekend. Minnesota beat No. 1 Dartmouth 7-3 in non-conference action Sunday, earning a series split with the Big Green.
In Madison, freshman goaltender Christine Dufour had 14 saves for Wisconsin, which moves to 13-4-1 in the WCHA, 17-4-3 overall. Minnesota State (6-7-3, 13-9-3) senior goaltender Shari Vogt faced an avalanche of Badger shots and made 35 saves.
Wisconsin led the scoring only 11 seconds into the game, as Bauer won the face-off and took it straight to the goal. Although Vogt denied it the first time, freshman forward Lindsay Macy corralled the rebound and put it into the net, setting a new school record for the fastest-opening goal scored.
The Badgers received a cross-checking penalty late in the first period and were short a player to begin the second period but that did not matter, as junior defender Carla MacLeod scored a short-handed goal just 19 seconds into the frame on an assist from Bauer, putting the Badgers up 2-0.
The Mavericks attempted to come back when freshman defender Sammy Miller scored an unassisted goal at 2:01 in the third period, but Bauer answered Miller's goal with one of her own 30 seconds later. With Wisconsin up 3-1 and 58 seconds left on the clock, Minnesota State pulled Vogt from the goal, allowing sophomore forward Nikki Burish to sweep in and score an empty-netter with only three seconds remaining.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the win over MSU is that the Badgers were playing without junior forward Jackie Friesen, freshman forward Meaghan Mikkelson and freshman defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar, who were competing with Canada's National Under-22 Women's Team at the 2004 Europe Air Canada Cup in Germany.
"Obviously, coming into the series having three players over in Europe, we had some concerns and (Minnesota State) played well," head coach Mark Johnson said. "They're ninth in the country in the rankings. But we came out of it with two victories and we're very excited because now we're tied with Minnesota and we'll be going to play them in their barn, so it's going to be a really exciting next weekend."
Score by period
Shots on goal by period
UW 1 - Lindsay Macy (7) from Sara Bauer (16) at 0:11
UW 2 - Carla MacLeod (3) from Bauer (17), SHG, at 0:19
MSU 1 - Sammy Miller unassisted at 2:01
UW 3 - Bauer (5) unassisted at 2:31
UW 4 - Nikki Burish (7) from Molly Engstrom (12), ENG, at 19:57
MSU - Shari Vogt (59:02) - 35 saves, 3 goals allowed
UW - Christine Dufour (60:00) - 14, 1