MINNEAPOLIS - Junior Jinelle Zaugg and sophomore Kayla Hagen scored goals 10 seconds apart in the second period to lead the No. 2 Wisconsin women's hockey team to a 4-1 win over the No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers Friday night at Ridder Arena.
Seniors Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert, Alberta) and Sara Bauer (St. Catharines, Ontario) added the other two goals as the Badgers (17-1-3 overall, 13-1-3 WCHA) won their third straight game against Minnesota (14-4-1, 11-3-1) at Ridder Arena.
Sophomore Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) made 14 saves for Wisconsin, which is now unbeaten in its last six games against the Gophers, going 5-0-1 in that stretch.
On the other end, sophomore Brittony Chartier stopped 18 shots for Minnesota.
For just the third time this season, Wisconsin conceded the first goal of the game as Brittany Francis knocked a rebound into an open net 3:20 into the opening period.
Mikkelson tied the game at one 58 seconds before the first intermission. The senior got the puck at the right point and fired a shot over Chartier's right shoulder. Kristen Witting (Beloit, Wis.) and Tia Hanson (Medicine Hat, Alberta) notched assists on Mikkelson's sixth goal of the season.
The Badgers took their first lead of the game at the 13:31 mark of the second period. Freshman Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) rang a shot off of the post that nearly banked off of Chartier into the net. Instead, the puck went into the corner and play continued. UW worked the puck to Mikkelson in the left circle for a shot and Zaugg (Eagle River, Wis.) tapped the rebound into an open net.
Duggan and Bauer tallied assists on Zaugg's team leading 16th goal of the season. The goal was also Zaugg's fifth game-winner of the season, tying her for second place in the nation in that category.
Just 10 seconds later, Hagen (Crosslake, Minn.) put the Badgers up 3-1. Hagen took control of the puck in the neutral zone, skated it across the blue line and dumped the puck in on net. UM defender Michelle Maunu got her stick on the puck, but inadvertently knocked it into the net.
The unassisted goal was Hagen's third of the season and snapped an 11-game scoring drought. Two of Hagen's three goals this season have come against the Gophers.
Bauer closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal at the 19:16 mark of the third period. Duggan and Mikkelson notched assists on Bauer's 12th goal of the season.
Wisconsin did not have any power-play opportunities in the contest. Minnesota was 0-for-3 on the power play.
Denver dominance continues over Badger men
DENVER, Colo. – The Wisconsin men's hockey team (8-11-2, 5-7-1 WCHA) fell to No. 8 Denver 3-1 Friday night in Denver, Colo. Jeff Likens scored the lone goal for the Badgers, his first of the season.
Despite out-shooting the Pioneers 35-23, the Badgers were never able to grasp a lead. Denver (15-6-2, 9-4-2 WCHA) struck early with a power-play goal by Tyler Ruegsegger just 2:57 into the first period. The Pioneers increased their lead to 2-0 with another power-play goal, this time by Chris Butler after only fifteen minutes of play.
The Badger's only goal came with just under three minutes remaining in the second period. Likens (Barrington, Ill.) found the back of the net 17:36 into the second period. Michael Davies (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Ross Carlson (Duluth, Minn.) were credited with the assists.
Denver added to its lead with a power-play goal by Ryan Dingle near the end of the final period. The Pioneers connected on 3-of-5 power-plays, while the Badgers only had five man-advantage opportunities.
Brian Elliot (Newmarket, Ontario) tallied 20 saves while Denver goaltender Peter Mannino had 34.
The Badgers will take on Denver again Saturday night at Magness Arena in Denver, live on FSN. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m.