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Heading into the December 1-2 weekend series versus rival Wisconsin, there was a strong belief that Minnesota’s most competitive rival would snap its win streak and put an end to the magical run.
In the December 1 win, a record crowd of 3,400 fans jammed Ridder Arena as four different Minnesota skaters logged goals while peppering Badgers goalie Alex Rigsby with 41 shots. Noora Raty made 23 saves as Minnesota prevailed by a convincing 4-0 count.
With the Badgers having made adjustments in the second game, the game was scoreless after two periods. Mira Jalosuo scored at the 9:14 mark of the third for what stood as the game winner. Amanda Kessel would add an empty net goal for a 2-0 win, their lowest scoring game of the season.
Although the Badgers held super rookie Hannah Brandt scoreless in the December 2 contest, Noora Raty was invincible between the pipes for the Gophers.