The second-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team completed a statement sweep of No. 1 Minnesota with a 6-3 win on Saturday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.
For the second-straight season, the Badgers (6-2-0, 6-2-0-1 WCHA) earned a series sweep over the Golden Gophers (8-3-0, 8-3-0-0 WCHA) in Madison. Wisconsin improved to 8-3-1 against Minnesota in the last 12 meetings between the two rivals.
Brette Pettet and Daryl Watts each scored two goals for UW, while Lacey Eden and Britta Curl also found the back of the net for the Badgers.
Wisconsin was first on the board Saturday, as Pettet set the tone early with a goal four minutes into the game. In only her third day with the program, Eden netted her first collegiate goal for Wisconsin scoring with four minutes remaining in the period to give UW a 2-0 lead.
Minnesota would respond on the power play late in the first period, however, making it a 2-1 game through 20 minutes of play.
After Minnesota evened the score up at 2-2 early in the second period, Curl tallied her second goal of the weekend to push UW back in front with a 3-2 lead. The Gophers responded quickly — just 41 seconds later — typing the game back up at 3-3 with a wraparound shot.
Despite being outshot, 10-9, in the third period, the Badgers scored three unanswered goals to take control of the Border Battle. Watts scored three minutes into the period to give UW a 4-3 lead before Pettet scored two minutes later to extend UW's advantage to two goals. Watts sealed the win with her team-leading seventh goal of the year — an empty-net effort — in the final minute of play.
The Badgers head to St. Cloud State on January 22 and 23. Friday puck drop is set for 3 p.m. and Saturday will start at 2 p.m.
(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)