Women's hockey: heartbreaker

Golden Gophers preserve sweep with late power play goal

The No. 4 Wisconsin women's hockey team came away from No. 1 Minnesota empty handed after falling to the Golden Gophers 2-1 Sunday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

With the game tied 1-1 late in the third period, the Badgers (18-7-1 overall, 12-7-1 WCHA) gave Minnesota, which converts 31.6 percent of its power plays, a costly opportunity late in the game. Sophomore defenseman Bobbi-Jo Slusar was sent to the box for a holding penalty, giving the Gophers an extra skater. Minnesota sophomore forward Andrea Nichols found a loose puck that she lifted over UW netminder Meghan Horras and into the net with 5:47 remaining in the game.

After a scoreless first period, Minnesota (23-1-2, 18-0-2) capitalized on a power-play opportunity, as freshman forward Bobbi Ross slid the puck past Horras for the Gophers' first goal. Junior forwards Krissy Wendell and Natalie Darwitz had the assists.

The Badgers could not capitalize on its three power-play opportunities but junior forward Sharon Cole scored an even-strength goal midway into the third period. Minnesota senior goaltender Jody Horak, handling a puck behind the net, turned it over to Cole, who put it into a wide-open net.

Horras kept Wisconsin in the game as the Gophers outshot the Badgers 37-19.

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