All-American senior center Brianna Decker scored her second goal of the game, unassisted with 2:32 left in overtime, as No. 9-ranked Wisconsin rallied to defeat No. 10 Minnesota Duluth 3-2 Sunday afternoon in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association women’s game before a sold out crowd of 2,273 at La Bahn Arena in Madison, Wis. That completed a series sweep the Badgers, who won 3-1 Friday.
The Badgers (19-9-2, 15-9-2 WCHA) needed an unassisted goal from center Blayre Turnbull with 5:37 left in the third period to force overtime.
Freshman goalie Kayla Black gave the Bulldogs a chance in the game with 42 saves as UMD was outshot 45-24. Junior Alex Rigsby made 22 saves for the Badgers to improve her career record to 79-15-6.
After a scoreless first period, the teams were tied 1-1 after the second. Decker gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead and UMD sophomore winger Jenna McParland tied it.
Six minutes into the third period, on its only power play, UMD took a 2-1 lead on Jamie Kenyon’s 10th goal of the season.
Decker, Wisconsin’s scoring leader, has 25 goals and 48 points this season in 30 games. She’s third in
Wisconsin career scoring with 237 points in 138 games (one point from second place) and is second in goal scoring with 111.
UMD (14-13-3, 13-12-1) is 1-5 the last six games. The Bulldogs remain fourth in the WCHA and finish the regular season at home this Friday and Saturday against second-place North Dakota, ranked No. 8.
Wisconsin has won four straight games and is third in the league. UMD swept Wisconsin in October at Amsoil Arena with a pair of shutout victories.
Minnesota Duluth………… 0-1-1-0—2
First period — No scoring. Penalties — None.
Second period — 1. Wisconsin, Brianna Decker 24 (Karley Sylvester), 2:14; 2. UMD, Jenna McParland 11 (Jessica Wong, Emma Stauber), 9:14. Penalties — Jamie Kenyon, UMD (cross-checking), 13:32.
Third period — 3. UMD, Kenyon 10 (McParland, Brigette Lacquette), 5:26 (pp); 4. Wisconsin, Blayre Turnbull 3, 14:23. Penalties — Madison Packer, Wisconsin (high sticking), 5:08; Tea Villila, UMD (checking), 6:37.
Overtime — 5. Wisconsin, Decker 25, 2:28. Penalties — None.
Shots on goal — UMD 6-8-10-0–24, Wisconsin 11-18-13-3–45. Goalies — Kayla Black (13-13-3), UMD (45 shots-42 saves); Alex Rigsby (19-9-2), Wisconsin (24 shots-22 saves). Power plays — UMD 1-of-1, Wisconsin 0-of-2. Referees — Ray Doocy, Jay Mendel. Linesmen — Dan Fitzsimmons, Brenda Reinen. A — 2,273.