Greatest Games Bracket: No. 3 vs No. 14

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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It's a goaltender duel in the No. 3 vs. No. 14 pairing. Coming in at No. 3 is the 2009 National Championship game that saw the then-senior Jessie Vetter turn away 37-shots in a shutout effort to close out her storied career. Wisconsin's first starting goaltender, Jackie MacMillan, is the main showcase in the 14 seed, as MacMillan made 47 saves in the program's first win against both a ranked opponent and the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.

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 Monday morning, July 23, before the next matchup is announced.

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No. 3 - 200 9 National Championship (March 22, 2009)

National champs again!


Box Score

BOSTON -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team has done it again! Head coach Mark Johnson's top-seeded Badgers secured their third NCAA title in four years with a 5-0 victory over No. 3 seed Mercyhurst in the NCAA championship game at Agganis Arena Sunday afternoon

When the final horn sounded, the Badgers converged on goaltender Jessie Vetter as sticks and gloves went flying into the air. The senior goaltender was terrific as she turned away a career high-tying 37 shots to earn her NCAA-record 39th career shutout and 14th this season, also an NCAA record.

Brooke Ammerman tucked in the game's first goal to the left of Mercyhurst goaltender Hillary Pattenden 5:28 into the second stanza. Meghan Duggan then knocked in a rebound at 8:48 for a 2-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Angie Keseley scored on a beautiful give-and-go from Erika Lawler at 10:38.

Wisconsin added a pair of third period goals, as well. Malee Windmeier scored just her second goal of the season at 3:26, while Hilary Knight put away her nation-leading and school-record 45th tally of the season to close the scoring at 5:38.


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No. 14 - First win against Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 20, 2000)

Women's hockey stuns No. 3 Minnesota Duluth


Box Score

DULUTH, Minn. -- The University of Wisconsin earned its first win over a ranked opponent on Friday when it knocked off third-ranked Minnesota Duluth, 4-2, at the DECC. Jackie MacMillan stopped 47 shots and Michelle Sikich scored the game-winner and added an assist, as the Badgers led from the midway point of the first period on.

The Badgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on a pair of power-play goals. The first came when Meghan Hunter roofed a shot over UMD goaltender Tuula Puputti at the 9:38 mark. Sis Paulsen scored the second at 14:15 of the first. Sikich hit Paulsen in the right slot, who slipped the puck just under Puputti's pad for the goal.

After Minnesota Duluth scored their first goal at 15:26, UW had an answer less than three minutes later when Sikich converted a rebound on Kelly Kegley's wrap-around attempt. The Bulldogs took just 28 seconds in the third period to cut UW's 3-1 lead to one with a tally on a player-advantage. Once again the Badgers had an answer, as Steph Millar deflected a Paulsen slap shot taken from the top of the right circle.

MacMillan stopped 18 shots in the first, 14 in the second and 15 more in the third period to improve her season mark to a perfect 3-0-0.
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