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Varsity - January 24, 2013

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INSIDE WOMEN'S HOCKEY BY ROSS LA DUE @BadgerWHockey SCHEDULE (15-7-2, 11-7-2-2) Last Week Jan. 18 at North Dakota Jan. 19 at North Dakota This Week Friday #1 Minnesota Sunday #1 Minnesota UW looking to snap winless streak vs. Gophers F or the 11th and 12th times in the past two years, the Wisconsin and Minnesota women's hockey teams will face off against each other. The rivalry adds importance to the games this weekend, but the history between the two sides is deeper than just the Border Battle. UW has played Minnesota 52 ยป VARSITY JANUA RY 24, 2013 for two national championships (2006, 2012) and five WCHA Final Face-Off championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011). While the six points that are on the line in the WCHA standings may be important, this weekend's series has become a bit more personal for Wisconsin. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. Next Five Feb. 8 Feb. 9 Feb. 16 Feb. 17 Feb. 22 More than just points at stake in Border Battle L, 3-0 W, 2-1 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. at St. Cloud State at St. Cloud State Minnesota Duluth Minnesota Duluth at Bemidji State The Badgers' last win against Minnesota was on Oct. 14, 2011, at the Kohl Center. Since then, the Badgers have gone 0-5-1 against the Gophers. Additionally, Minnesota enters the weekend having tied Wisconsin's NCAA record for longest undefeated streak at 32 games. While not many teams have fared well against Minnesota this season, the Badgers proved to be one of their toughest opponents to date. Alex Rigsby led the UW defense with a .936 save percentage Dec. 1-2 at Ridder Arena, the best opponent save percentage the Gophers have faced all year. Wisconsin is also hoping to take advantage of home ice, where the Badgers have gone undefeated in their past 11 games, including two sweeps over nationally-ranked teams. Last season, the Badgers were on a 32-game undefeated streak until Minnesota ended it on Oct. 15, 2011, in the Kohl Center. This year, the Badgers are looking to return the favor at LaBahn Arena.

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