Badgers let sweep slip away

Minnesota Duluth rallies for 3-2 overtime win

The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team held Caroline Ouellette under wraps for more than 119 minutes. It took the senior wing just 76 seconds, however, to turn the No. 4 Badgers' weekend series with No. 3 Minnesota Duluth on its head.

The Bulldogs' star scored with 26 seconds left in regulation Saturday afternoon and found the net again 50 seconds into overtime to give UMD an improbable 3-2 win at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

With less than a minute left in regulation Ouellette, the nation's third leading scorer, had taken just two shots on goal. She had picked up an assist on sophomore forward Allison Lehrke's power-play goal at 15:49 in the third period, however, drawing UMD within 2-1 and breaking the Bulldogs' 115:49 scoreless spell this weekend.

Wisconsin topped UMD 3-0 Friday afternoon and with less than five minutes showing on the third period clock Saturday the Badgers looked poised to shutout the Bulldogs for the second consecutive day.

That was before Ouellete took command. Ouellette scored on her third and fourth shots of the series, first solving UW junior goaltender Meghan Horras at 19:34 in the third period while UMD had an extra skater on the ice. Ouellette's overtime game winner was her 18th goal of the season.

The last five minutes Saturday put a damper on an otherwise strong weekend for Wisconsin. Junior forward Nikki Burish scored an unassisted goal 51 seconds into the first period Saturday and set up senior forward Jackie Friesen's goal at 1:20 in the third frame.

Horras made 25 saves Saturday while UMD sophomore goalie Riitta Schaublin had 22.

With the loss the Badgers fell to 16-5-1 overall, 10-5-1 in the WCHA. UMD improved to 16-2-2, 14-2-2 and drew even with Minnesota for first-place in the conference standings with 30 points. The Gophers (19-1-2, 14-0-2), however, have played two fewer conference games than UMD.

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