Wisconsin (27-7-1 overall) found itself down 1-0 after two periods but posted three goals in the third period to top the Huskies (9-22-4). The Badgers swept St. Cloud State in the regular-season finale for each team last weekend; this marks the third time in a week that the teams faced each other.
With the win, Wisconsin advances to face No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. The Bulldogs took North Dakota to overtime but won 3-2 to advance to the semifinals.
Husky freshman forward Laura Fast scored the Huskies' lone goal at 13:56 in the first period to give St. Cloud its only lead of the day. But the Huskies maintained that lead for more than 28 minutes of hockey before the Badgers rallied.
Wisconsin freshman forward Jinelle Zaugg scored the Badgers' first goal at 2:14 in the third period and sophomore forward Lindsay Macy contributed the game-winning goal at 14:23 in the third, with help from sophomore forward Sara Bauer and junior forward Sharon Cole, who added the assists. Bauer is currently riding a 10-game point-scoring streak.
UW senior defender Molly Engstrom was whistled for a minor penalty with just 1:19 left to play, allowing the Huskies to pull sophomore netminder Lauri St. Jacques and skate with a 6-on-4 advantage.
The Badgers were the ones that took advantage, however, as senior defender Carla MacLeod scored from Wisconsin's defensive blueline, giving UW a 3-1 lead at 19:29 in the third.
Wisconsin sophomore netminder Christine Dufour, playing for the first time since early January, made 13 saves. St. Jacques, meanwhile, stopped 34 shots. Wisconsin out-shot St. Cloud State 37-14.