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Greatest Games Bracket: No. 1 vs No. 16

The storied history of Wisconsin women's hockey is filled with memorable games, but which one is the best of all time? This summer, we're going to determine the greatest Wisconsin women's hockey game and we're putting it to a vote. A total of 16 games will be paired off bracket-style and a new matchup will appear every-other day for fan voting on the UW Women's Hockey Facebook page.


The final matchup of the first round is finally here and pits two big games against each other. The 1st seed is Wisconsin's first-ever NCAA Championship, a 3-0 shutout against Minnesota on March 26, 2006. The 16th-seed features the Badgers' NCAA attendance record breaking Fill The Bowl game on January 28, 2012, when UW beat Bemidji State 1-0 in a hard fought defensive battle.

Below are the recaps and box scores from the two games. To cast your vote, head over to the women's hockey Facebook page and select your choice in the corresponding fan poll. The votes will be tallied and a winner declared on Friday, July 27, before the quarterfinals begin.


No. 1 - 2006 National Championship (March 26, 2006)

National Champions!

Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wisconsin women's hockey program won its first NCAA championship with a 3-0 victory over two-time defending champion Minnesota in the title game at Mariucci Arena.

When time had run out, the Badgers poured onto the ice and celebrated together with the championship trophy. There were hugs and "high-fives" all around at the bench area and on the ice as the UW Band played away and a strong contingent of Badger fans voiced their approval.

The Badgers got a pair of goals from sophomore Jinelle Zaugg, another from senior Grace Hutchins and a stellar performance from 2006 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and freshman netminder Jessie Vetter to knock off the rival-Golden Gophers for a fifth time this season. Each team fired 10 shots on goal in the first period before the Golden Gophers outshot the Badgers 21-9 the rest of the way, including a 14-4 edge in the third period. Vetter, however, was equal to the task.


No. 16 - 2012 Fill The Bowl vs Bemidji State (January 28, 2012)

Badgers break NCAA attendance record in 1-0 win

Box Score

MADISON, Wis. -- Hilary Knight scored the game-winning goal in the third period in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Kohl Center on Saturday night. In their third annual Fill the Bowl game, the Badgers set the new NCAA single-game attendance record, as 12,402 fans watched Wisconsin shut out Bemidji State in the 1-0 game.

The game started off fast, mirroring the previous night's game. The two teams continued the back-and-forth play, each finding good opportunities on the goal. Wisconsin tested BSU goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova firing 18 shots on the net in the first period alone. Despite the even play, the Badgers had a shot at the lead early in the second period when Madison Packer found the back of the net on a breakaway play. However, the goal was overturned as play had stopped in result to Tomcikova's mask coming off prior to the shot

Brittany Ammerman set up the eventual game-winner for the Badgers as she battled for control of the puck in the corner before getting it out to Knight, who was sitting on the goal line to the right of Tomcikova. Knight found an opening and fired the puck five-hole for the first and only goal of the game. Alex Rigby came up big once again for Wisconsin making 28 saves in the team's eighth shutout of the season.