Women's hockey downs Minnesota in overtime
The fourth-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team had been staring up the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings at No. 2 Minnesota nearly all season long.
When Carla MacLeod's slapshot beat Gopher netminder Jody Horak two minutes and 20 seconds into overtime the Gophers became the team doing the staring.
"You get into overtime anything can happen and we were able to get the goal to give us the victory," Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson said. "So, it's a big boost to us and gives us some energy and excitement for tomorrow night's game that you know is going to be a battle."
The Badgers 2-1 win Friday placed them two points ahead of Minnesota in the WCHA standings. Wisconsin has played two more conference games than the Gophers, but will have a chance to move up four points when the teams square off again at 7:05 p.m. CST Saturday in Minneapolis.
The Badgers extended their also extended their nation-leading unbeaten streak to 10 games and gave their hopes of reaching the NCAA Frozen Four a huge boost by handing Minnesota only its fourth loss of the season. Wisconsin improved to 18-4-3 overall and 14-4-1 in the WCHA, while the Gophers fell to 20-4-1, 13-3-1.
Horak and Wisconsin netminder Meghan Horras kept the game scoreless for more than 34 minutes to open play. Then, Minnesota star Krissy Wendell deposited her 21st goal of the season into the net. The Gophers' lead, though, was short-lived, as freshman center Sara Bauer knotted things up for Wisconsin just two minutes, 33 seconds later.
"After the first seven or eight minutes we played a pretty solid game and I was happy with their effort," Johnson said. "It's just a big win for us."
It was also a big week for MacLeod, who was awarded U.S. College Hockey Online's national Defensive Player of the Week honor for her play last weekend against Minnesota State. Against the Mavericks, MacLeod finished with a +3 rating as the Badgers allowed just one goal in two games.
Wisconsin has not allowed any opponent to score more than two goals during the 10-game unbeaten streak (7-0-3).
Score by period
Shots on goal by period
MN 1 - Krissy Wendell (21) from Kelly Stephens (32), PPG, at 14:34
UW 1 - Sara Bauer (6) from Lindsay Macy (9) and Sharon Cole (6) at 17:07
UW 2 - Carla MacLeod (4) unassisted at 2:20
UW - Meghan Horras (62:20) - 20 saves, 1 goal allowed
MN - Jody Horak (62:20) - 24, 2