No. 4 Wisconsin (18-5-3 overall, 14-5-1 WCHA), though, has played two more conference games than Minnesota (21-4-1, 14-3-1) and will face non-conference opponent Niagara at home next weekend. The Gophers, who won the season series with Wisconsin 3-1, play at conference foe Ohio State next weekend.
Host Minnesota initiated the scoring with a goal from sophomore forward Krissy Wendell, who played with the U.S. Olympic team in 2002, at 13:57 in the first period. It was Wendell's 22nd goal of the season.
UW responded quickly, when Lindsay Macy tallied her eight goal of the season just 25 seconds later. She had assists from fellow freshmen forwards Sara Bauer and Heidi Kletzien. Macy has six goals in Wisconsin's last seven games.
After a scoreless second period in which Minnesota and Wisconsin took 14 and nine shots on goal respectively, Minnesota gave itself the advantage early in the third period. At 6:43, junior forward Noelle Sutton got the puck past sophomore goalie Meghan Horras for the game-winning goal. Although Wisconsin had two power plays and outshot the Gophers 11-9 in the last period, the Badgers could not solve junior goalie Brenda Reinen to even the contest.
Score by period
Shots on goal by period
UM 1 - Krissy Wendell (22) from Kelly Stephens (33) and Krista Johnson (2) at 13:57
UW 1 - Lindsay Macy (8) from Heidi Kletzien (2) and Sara Bauer (18) at 14:22
UM 2 - Noelle Sutton (9) from Jerilyn Glenn (2) and Andrea Nichols (7) at 6:43
UW - Meghan Horras (60:00) - 36 saves, 2 goals allowed
UM - Brenda Reinen (60:00) - 27, 1