Gophers stomp Badgers in series opener

UW is first team to hold Gophers to fewer than 20 shots on goal this season

Minnesota junior forwards Krissy Wendell and Natalie Darwitz teamed up to score three points apiece as the No. 1 Minnesota women's hockey team defeated No. 4 Wisconsin 4-1 Saturday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Wendell scored the lone first-period goal to put Wisconsin (18-6-1 overall, 12-6-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) behind 1-0, but Wisconsin junior forward Cyndy Kenyon scored the equalizer late in the second period. Minnesota (22-1-2, 17-0-2) broke away with help from Darwitz, who scored the eventual game-winning goal less than two minutes later.

Freshman forward Erica McKenzie scored Minnesota's third goal 4:20 into the third stanza and Darwitz, with help from Wendell, picked up an empty-net goal with three seconds left on the clock.

In Wisconsin's net, junior goaltender Meghan Horras collected 13 saves but gave up three goals. Minnesota senior goalie Jody Horak also had 13 save. Despite the loss, Wisconsin was the first team this season to hold Minnesota to fewer than 20 shots on goal in a game.

Darwitz leads the nation with 77 points (28 goals, 49 assists) while Wendell is second with 71 (31, 40).

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