Gophers Beat Top Ranked Wisconsin 2-0
MADISON, Wis. – Assistant captain Kate Schipper scored both goals and Sidney Peters made 37 saves to lead No. 2 Minnesota to a 2-0 shutout win over top-ranked Wisconsin in front of a sold-out crowd at UW's LaBahn Arena Saturday afternoon.
Schipper scored on the power play at the 17:42 mark of the second period before adding an empty-netter to seal the win with 23 seconds remaining. Her two points marked her 100th and 101st career points as a Gopher, and fellow senior assistant captain Dani Cameranesi picked up an assist for her 200th career point with the Maroon & Gold.
"I'm really impressed with our team," head coach Brad Frost said. "They showed incredible guts out there. It was fun to see them rise to the occasion. Certainly, Wisconsin is the best team we've played this year, so it was fun to see.
"It felt like our team has been playing well, but to see them take it up another notch here tonight was just great. I'm really proud of our kids' effort. They enjoyed the moment. Sid Peters played great with her first shutout against Wisconsin, and we did enough to seal the win there. I'm really happy about it."
Peters' 37-save shutout was her fifth shutout of the season and ninth of her career, and her 37 saves are a new career high. The Gophers were outshot, 37-34, and UW's Ann-Renee Desbiens led the Badgers with 32 saves in her first appearance back after missing four games.
Minnesota (14-1-2, 12-1-2-2 WCHA) was one-for-two on the power play while holding Wisconsin (14-2-1, 10-2-1-1 WCHA) scoreless on two opportunities with the man advantage.
The teams played a scoreless first period but neither team was without its chances. Schipper and Sarah Potomak both had opportunities on the Gophers' first power play of the game in the final minute of the opening period, but Desbiens kept Minnesota off the board.
With just 2:18 remaining in the middle frame, Schipper solved Desbiens with her 100th career point. Kelly Pannek moved the puck into the zone and sent a pass to Cameranesi on the goal line, where she one-timed it to Schipper, who became the 33rd Gopher all-time to reach 100 career points with her 31st career goal. Meanwhile, Cameranesi's assist made her the eighth Gopher to reach 200 career points.
The Badgers outshot the Gophers 16-6 in the final period. Annie Pankowski ripped a shot off the crossbar, mirroring a second-period attempt by Cameranesi. UW pulled Desbiens for the extra attacker with 58 seconds to go, and Schipper collected the puck off a turnover at neutral ice and sealed the game with an empty-netter 35 seconds later.
"It felt good, I though we all played well as a team," Schipper said. "Each and every person accepted and fulfilled their role, and I think that really helped us win the game. I had my 100th point called off last week against Bemidji, so I think that gave me a little bit of extra fire to try to get it today."
The Gophers and Badgers wrap up this weekend's Border Battle series at 2 p.m. CT Sunday at Wisconsin's LaBahn Arena.