Greatest Games Bracket: No. 2 vs No. 15

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.

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The first round of the Greatest Game Bracket is starting to wind down, with only two matchups left. The second-seeded game is the 2007 NCAA championship game, in which the Badgers defeated Minnesota Duluth 4-1 in Lake Placid, N.Y. At No. 15 is the 2011 Fill The Bowl game against Minnesota. The Badgers used an NCAA record crowd to gain an early lead and eventual win over Minnesota.

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 Wednesday morning, July 25, before the next matchup is announced.

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No. 2 - 2007 National Championship (March 18, 2007)

Badgers repeat as NCAA champs!


Box Score

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Four different Badgers scored as the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Minnesota Duluth, 4-1, Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game at Herb Brooks Arena to claim the team's second straight NCAA title.

In the opening period, Jinelle Zaugg scored Wisconsin's first goal on a power play opportunity. Three skaters tallied goals in the second frame for UW including: Erika Lawler, Sara Bauer and Jasmine Giles.

Wisconsin doubled its lead early in the second period when Lawler slipped a shot underneath UMD goalie Kim Martin from the bottom of the left circle. Freshman Meghan Duggan and Bauer each earned assists on Lawler's 10th goal of the season. The Badgers went up 3-0 on the Bulldogs at the 11:56 mark of the second. Bauer snapped a shot into the upper right corner of the net above Martin's glove hand for her 24th goal of the year.

Minnesota Duluth got on the board less than three minutes later when Emmanuelle Blais tipped a shot from the point by Noemie Marin past Jessie Vetter. The power-play goal snapped a 422 minute and 36 second shutout streak for the Badgers in NCAA tournament play. However, it took UW just 10 seconds to respond to UMD's goal as Lawler got a breakaway off of the ensuing faceoff. Martin made the initial save, but Giles was there to flip the puck over her on the rebound, giving the Badgers a 4-1 advantage.


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No. 15 - 2011 Fill The Bowl vs Minnesota (Jan. 29, 2011)

Badgers drop Gophers, 3-1, before 10,668 fans


Box Score

MADISON, Wis. -- No. 1 Wisconsin set a new NCAA women's hockey attendance record when 10,668 fans watched the Badgers earn a 3-1 win over No. 4 Minnesota in the Fill the Bowl game Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Saturday night's game saw sophomore Brianna Decker score her ninth game-winning goal of the season to lead Wisconsin past the Gophers and extend UW's unbeaten streak to 14 games. Decker's tally also broke the UW program record for most game-winning goals in a single season.

The Badgers used the momentum they gained from the record-breaking crowd to jump out to an early lead against Minnesota. Junior Hilary Knight put Wisconsin on the board just 47seconds into the game, beating Minnesota goaltender Noora Raty stick-side for the goal. Wisconsin took a 2-0 lead later in the period on Decker's eventual game-winner, her second short-handed goal of the year.

Minnesota scored its lone goal of the night at the 4:42 mark of the second period, also on the penalty kill. UW would regained the two-goal lead with 8:07 left to play in the second frame as junior Carolyne Prevost scored on Wisconsin's fourth power-play opportunity of the game.
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