UW Women rally for 2-2 Tie at No. 4 Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Junior Alycia Matthews registered a goal and an assist as
the No. 5 Wisconsin women’s hockey team overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to
tie No. 4 Minnesota 2-2 Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale at
Ridder Arena.

Matthews, a defenseman from Castlegar, British Columbia, scored the
first goal of the afternoon for Wisconsin and then started the
transition play that led to the game-tying goal early in the third
period.

Freshman Hilary Knight (Hanover, N.H.) registered that game-tying goal
less than two minutes into the third period as the Badgers closed out
the regular season with an overall record of 24-7-3. Their conference
record of 20-5-3 was good enough for third place in the league
standings.

Junior goalie Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) made 22 saves for UW,
which improved to 14-1-1 in its last 16 games. Her counterpart, Jenny
Lura, stopped 23 shots for the Gophers (25-5-4, 21-5-2), who claimed
second place in the league standings.

Minnesota jumped out to a 1-0 lead 6:01 into the opening period. Vetter
stopped the initial shot from the left point, but Anya Miller was there
to capitalize on the rebound and notch her ninth goal of the season with
assists from Bobbi Ross and Gigi Marvin.

The Badgers tied the game at 1-1 just 62 seconds into the second period.
Matthews fired a wrist shot on goal from the point that deflected off of
the left post and past Lura for her fourth goal of the season.

Less than seven minutes later, the Gophers went back in front 2-1 on
Alexandra Zebro’s first career goal. Erica McKenzie tried a wrap-around,
but instead the puck came from to Zebro in the low slot and the
sophomore snapped a shot under the cross bar.

However, Knight knotted the game at 2-2 less than 90 seconds into the
third period thanks to a good transition play. Matthews started the
sequence by firing a pass from the UW zone up across the red line to
Knight, who tipped the puck to Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.). Lawler
carried the puck into the zone and dropped a pass for Knight, who fired
a shot past Lura from the right circle.

Knight is now tied for the team scoring lead with 17 goals this season.
She is tied with sophomore Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), who saw her
six-game point streak come to an end.

Senior Jinelle Zaugg (Eagle River, Wis.) added her name to the UW record
book this afternoon by playing in her 153rd career game. That eclipses
the previous mark of 152 career games played set by Sara Bauer last
season.

The Badgers will play host to Minnesota State Feb. 29-March 2 in a
best-of-three WCHA playoff series at the Kohl Center. Faceoff is slated
for 7:07 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:07 p.m. on Sunday, if
necessary.

(UW Athletic Communications)


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