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Wisconsin women’s hockey splits Border Battle

MINNEAPOLIS – In a battle of the top-two teams in NCAA women’s college hockey, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 2 Minnesota on Saturday at Ridder Arena.

UW freshman Sophie Shirley scored in the second period for the Badgers (21-3-0, 11-3-0-0 WCHA) but it wasn’t enough against the Golden Gophers (22-3-1, 12-3-1-0 WCHA).

The Gophers got a 1-0 lead in the first period as Sophie Skarzynski scored from the top of the left circle.

After Minnesota got a fluky goal to double its lead, Shirley scored her 13th of the year to cut the deficit to half.

However, Nicole Schammel scored her second of the game in the third period to extend the Minnesota lead to 3-1.

UW returns home to host St. Cloud State next weekend at LaBahn Arena. Puck drop on Friday, Jan. 25 is set for 7 p.m. while the series wraps up on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. Both games are sold out.

— UW-Madison Athletic Communications

Amy Gill

Sports Anchor/Reporter, 27 News.

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