MADISON, WIS. – Annie Pankowski scored a power-play goal with 55 seconds left in overtime as the top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team beat the No. 3 Gophers 3-2 in a WCHA game Friday at LaBahn Arena.
It was the first victory for the Badgers over their border rival in the past 19 games.
The Gophers (15-2, 11-2) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of the second period on Brook Garzone’s goal on a breakaway.
Penalties on Hannah Brandt and Kate Schipper gave the Badgers their first two power plays, including a 5-on-3 for 67 seconds during which Pankowski clanged a shot off a pipe.
In the middle of the period, Wisconsin (17-0, 11-0) scored twice in three minutes on goals by Sam Cogan and Rachel Jones to take a 2-1 lead.
The Gophers. who were averaging a Division I-best six goals per game and on a 16-0-2 roll against Wisconsin, answered on Milica McMillen’s goal at 13:21 to tie the score.
But Ann-Renee Desbiens shut out Minnesota the rest of the game, finished with 21 saves. Amanda Leveille had 24 stops for the Gophers. Desbiens leads the nation with a 0.54 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage.