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.
Today's No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup features two milestones for the women's hockey program. The 8th seed is the double-OT win against Mercyhurst on March 18, 2006 as the Badgers earned their first trip to the Frozen Four. The 9th-seeded game features the Badgers' first win against arch rival Minnesota and a third-place finish at the WCHA Championship on March 10, 2001.
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 13, before the next matchup is announced.
No. 8 - First NCAA tournament win (March 18, 2006)
Wisconsin advances to Frozen Four after double-OT thriller
MADISON, Wis. -- Tia Hanson tipped in the winning goal in double overtime to give the No. 2 Badgers a 2-1 advantage over No. 7 Mercyhurst in the women's ice hockey NCAA regional game. Playing 90:10 it was the longest game on record for UW. The Badgers advanced to the Frozen Four to face St. Lawrence in its first trip to the finals.
The Lakers jumped to a 1-0 lead 9:06 into the game, but Wisconsin responded with a goal less than five minutes later when junior Bobbi-Jo Slusar scored on a power-play slap shot from the blue line.
Wisconsin goalie Jessie Vetter and Mercyhurst goalie Laura Hosier were unfazed entering the second overtime period, both stopping every puck thrown at them. Halfway through the second overtime, Wisconsin finally broke the puck through Mercyhurst's defense. From above the right circle, Badger junior Kristin Witting sliced the puck in the direction of the net. A tip by Hanson snuck the puck around Hosier's right skate to end the night's hockey action.
No. 9 - First win against Minnesota & Third Place at WCHA tournament (March 10, 2001)
Badgers defeats No. 3 Minnesota to earn third at WCHA Championship
ROCHESTER, Minn. - The seventh-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team overcame three one-goal deficits to win the third-place game at the WCHA Women's Championship over third-ranked Minnesota. Steph Millar scored the game-winning goal midway through the third to give the Badgers the win.
Millar tallied what would be the game-winner for her ninth of the season. Sis Paulsen pinched deep along the boards, skated behind the net with the puck and made a feed to Hunter in front. The puck went off Hunter's stick to Millar in the slot, who buried the wrist shot.
Minnesota had a chance to tie on a Badger power play at about 11 minutes of the third period. Clarke stole the puck at her own blue like and skated in alone against MacMillan. The sophomore stuck out the left pad to keep the lead for Wisconsin.