Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Caroline Ouellete notched a goal at the tail end of a 5-on-3 UMD power play with less than two minutes left to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 win over the Wisconsin women's hockey team (7-2-0 overall, 5-2-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) Friday night at the DECC in Duluth.
Ouellette harassed Wisconsin junior goaltender Meghan Horras throughout the night, scoring UMD's first goal at 7:08 in the first period and assisting on another Bulldog tally.
Wisconsin senior forward Jackie Friesen responded with a goal of her own to tie the game at 1-1.
Naomi Marin, however, found the net twice in a four-minute span to give UMD (6-0-1) a 3-1 lead after just 20 minutes.
Wisconsin sophomore Sara Bauer chipped away at UMD's lead, adding a goal in the second period. Senior defenseman Nicole Uliasz notched the equalizer on a power play at 12:15 in the third period, burning UMD netminder sophomore Riita Schaublin.
Horras stopped 25 shots in losing for the first time this season. Schaublin had 30 saves for the Gophers.
Volleyball swept up by Illinois
The Wisconsin volleyball team's eight-game winning streak came to an end Friday night with its first loss in nearly a month, as No. 25 Illinois defeated the Badgers 3-0 in Champaign.
Wisconsin struggled offensively, falling 30-27, 30-20 and 32-30, and hitting only .167 compared with Illinois' .214. With the loss, the Badgers fall to 16-6 overall and 10-4 in the Big Ten, while the improves to 16-6 and 8-5.
"I don't think we played very well tonight," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said. "For the last several matches we'd been clicking on all cylinders, but tonight it seemed like our timing was off and we just weren't on top of our game."
Only junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw recorded double-digit kills with 14. Senior opposite hitter Jill Odenthal had only eight, second on the team. Illinois' Rachel VanMeter led the match with 18 kills. Illinois also had six service aces to Wisconsin's two.
On defense, freshman Megan Mills had a career-high and team-high 11 digs while freshman libero Jocelyn Wack had 10.
Down two games, Wisconsin jumped out to an early lead in the third game but Illinois narrowed the gap, tying the game at 14 each. The Badgers and Illini fought over control throughout the game and Shaw tied the game at 29-29. Although she had a kill on the next point to give Wisconsin a 30-29 advantage, Illinois came back to win.
"The last time we took a loss was in three games at Minnesota," Waite said, "And from that match we learned a lot, we changed some things and really took a big step up as a team. So, we need to try to do that again. We'll regroup this week."
Swimming falls to Michigan
The men's swimming and diving team lost its second meet in a row, falling to Michigan 142-93 Friday in Madison.
Wisconsin freshman diver Josh Bonner won both the 1- and 3-meter boards with scores of 285.60 and 302.18. Teammate and classmate Ben Raznick placed second on the 3-meter board with a score of 268.13.
Senior Adam Mania picked up Wisconsin's only win in the swimming events, finishing first in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.59.
Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay, an Olympic gold medalist, won the 100-yard freestyle, 200 free and 400 free relay.
"Our divers had an outstanding performance today," said diving coach Josh Seykora. "With Josh leading us, we have what we didn't have last year. We competed with a lot of energy, and it really showed what we can do when we are at our best."