A sold-out crowd at Ridder Arena witnessed the Minnesota women's hockey team extend its NCAA record consecutive wins streak by winning their 25th straight (dating back to last season). Against the10th ranked WCHA rival Wisconsin Badgers on December 1, the Gophers improved their regular season at a remarkable 17-0-0 mark.
Despite a scoreless first period (in which Minnesota peppered Alex Rigsby with 14 shots), the Gophers replied with four unanswered goals in the second stanza. Although Rachel Bona was called for bodychecking, the Badgers could not capitalize. With Noora Raty on the ice after blocking a shot,
she threw her glove in the air and saved a shot by Jordan Brickner.
The 5:37 mark of the frame saw freshman Maryanne Menefee log her 11th goal of the season to open the scoring. With assists going to Amanda Kessel and Hannah Brandt, the line would contribute the next goal.
Kessel would bury the puck past Alex Rigsby for her 21st of the year. Assists went to Brandt and
Menefee as Kessel’s goal would stand as the game winner. One minute and six seconds after Kessel’s goal, Sarah Davis would add to an already convincing lead.
Rachel Bona would redeem herself for the penalty she was called for earlier in the period. Bona and Davis earned assists on Becky Kortum’s goal at the 18:14 mark of the second. Kortum deflected Davis’ shot past a beleaguered Rigsby.
Heading into the final frame, Raty’s chance at a shutout was spoiled by Brianna Decker. The even-strength goal would stand as No. 17 on the year for Decker as the assist went to Courtney Burke.
Minnesota outshot Wisconsin by a remarkable 41-23 mark. Alex Rigsby goes to 10-5-2 on the season
while Noora Raty is a sterling 15-0-0. Raty earned the 91st win of her career, and is nine away from tying Hillary Pattenden for the all-time NCAA record.
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