Sunday's national championship game marks the first meeting between Wisconsin and Boston University in the history of the two women's hockey programs.
Although the teams have not met, UW and BU faced four common opponents this season in North Dakota, Boston College, Northeastern and Mercyhurst. The Badgers were 8-0-0, sweeping the four teams, including five victories over the Fighting Sioux. Meanwhile, BU posted an 8-4-1 mark, including series splits against Boston College (2-2-0) and North Dakota (1-1-0).
Boston University split their series with North Dakota Oct. 2-3 in Grand Forks, N.D. The Terriers fell to North Dakota 5-4 in the first game, but won 6-2 in the finale. Wisconsin swept the Fighting Sioux, winning all five matchups between the two teams this season. The Badgers defeated North Dakota on the road 4-3 and 6-2 on Dec. 4-5, while winning at home 5-0 and 8-4, Feb. 11-13. The Badgers also defeated North Dakota 3-0 in the semifinal round of the WCHA Final Face-off at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis on March 4.
Boston University also split their season series with Boston College with a 6-3 loss on Nov. 20, followed by back-to-back shutout wins 1-0 and 4-0 on Nov. 21and Jan. 15, and a 2-1 loss in the series finale at the 33rd Annual Beanpot Tournament. The Badgers faced Boston College once this season in the 2011NCAA Women's Frozen Four semifinal matchup, defeating the Eagles 3-2.
Against Northeastern, Boston University finished the season series 3-1-1, with 3-0, 4-3 and 5-1 victories being recorded Dec. 7, Feb. 11 and Feb. 12. The two teams tied 3-3 on Feb. 15, and the Terriers fell 4-2 in the 9th Annual Women's Hockey East Championships on March 5. Wisconsin's lone matchup against Northeastern came on Jan. 1 in the Easton Holiday Showcase, as the Badgers recorded a 7-2 victory.
Wisconsin and Boston University each faced Mercyhurst only once this season, and both teams recorded victories. BU earned a 4-2 win over Mercyhurst on March 12 in the quarterfinal round to advance to the Frozen Four. The Badgers defeated Mercyhurst 7-4 in the Easton Holiday Showcase on Jan. 2.