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Wisconsin women’s hockey defeats Minnesota Duluth 5–1

The Badgers open December by burying the Bulldogs.

David Stluka, UW Athletic Communications

The No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team was 2.3 seconds away from a shutout and defeated Minnesota Duluth 5–1 Friday evening at a sold-out LaBahn Arena, improving the Badgers’ record to 18–1–0 on a blossoming season. 2,273 fans witnessed the Badgers’ first home game since a 3–1 victory over Ohio State on Nov. 5.

Wisconsin added two goals (Mekenzie Steffen and Abby Roque) less than 20 seconds apart about halfway through the first period to build a 2–0 lead. Each goal was a distance snipe on the blocker side of Duluth netminder Jessica Convery.

Duluth followed up with two power plays in the first period, and Kristen Campbell rose to the occasion with 10 total saves on these two penalty kills. Campbell finished with 28 saves on the day.

The Badgers added two goals in the second period by Sophia Shaver and Brette Pettet. In the third period, Roque scored her second goal of the evening, which earned delicious custard for the Badger faithful.

Unfortunately, Campbell’s excellent effort wasn’t quite enough for a shutout as Duluth’s Anna Klein scored a goal with 2.3 seconds remaining in the game.

The game did feature i’s first appearance of brass and woodwind instruments, but for the 10th straight game the Badger Band was absent at LaBahn Arena. They did a good job with the anthem.

The band should be supporting the No. 1 Badgers...

One might ask, “How do you defeat the Bulldogs?”

That’s one method, but Mark Johnson’s crew prefers peppering Duluth’s inexperienced goaltender with shots. Duluth certainly misses Olympian goalkeeper Maddie Rooney.

Wisconsin rematches Duluth on Saturday at noon.