UW junior netminder Meghan Horras recorded 29 saves for her second consecutive shutout and her fifth shutout of the season.
With the win the Badgers improved to 16-4-1 overall and 10-4-1 in the WCHA. Minnesota-Duluth lost for just the second time this season and fell to 15-2-2 overall, 13-2-2 in conference play. Wisconsin now has a 6-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) after snapping UMD's 9-game unbeaten streak.
The keys for the Badgers were shutting down Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Caroline Ouellette, the third-leading scorer in the nation (45 points), and stuffing the Bulldogs' power play. Ouellette had just one shot on goal Friday. UMD's power play came into Friday's game ranked second in the WCHA with a 27 percent success rate. Wisconsin, however, thwarted seven man-advantage opportunities; Horras made 17 saves on the penalty kill.
Senior forward Jackie Friesen provided all the offense Wisconsin would need, gathering a rebound of a Carla MacLeod shot from the point and finding the net past Bulldog netminder Riitta Schaublin for a power-play goal at 3:32 in the first period.
The game remained 1-0 through two periods, but UW junior forward Grace Hutchins took a pass from junior forward Nikki Burish and converted from the front of the crease at 5:05 in the third period, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead. Bauer capped the game's scoring at 14:44 in the third.