Sidney Peters made a career-high 38 saves as the fourth-ranked Gophers women’s hockey team tied No. 1 Wisconsin 0-0 on Sunday in front of 3,129 at Ridder Arena.
The Gophers (23-5-5, 19-4-5-3 WCHA) secured an extra point in the WCHA standings when Lee Stecklein scored the only goal of a three-round shootout.
Both games in the regular season-ending series went to shootouts. Wisconsin (27-2-4, 22-2-4-3) won Saturday’s shootout 2-1.
“It was another really exciting hockey game between two great teams,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “Both goaltenders were tremendous, ours in particular. Sid, another great outing against Wisconsin. Three of the four games she’s played against them, she’s had two shutouts, and given up one goal.’’
The Badgers outshot the Gophers 38-35. Wisconsin goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens posted her 51st career shutout.
In the shootout, the Gophers’ Kelsey Cline and Paige Haley both missed, but Peters stopped Wisconsin’s Annie Pankowski and Abby Roque. Stecklein solved Desbiens in the third round, and Peters stopped Sydney McKibbon to seal the win.
“It feels really good,” Stecklein said. “I think our team played really well both games this weekend. It was great to show ourselves that we could play at that high level again.’’
Added Peters: “There aren’t many feelings better than beating Wisconsin. Every year, they’re one of our biggest rivals. Tonight, even though it wasn’t necessarily about the points, it was all about pride.’’
The Gophers open the best-of-three WCHA playoffs against Bemidji State at 6:07 p.m. Friday at Ridder Arena.