Greatest Games Bracket: No. 1 vs No. 6 (Semifinals)

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 2011 NCAA title game secured its spot in the finals with an easy victory over the 2011 Fill The Bowl game in the first matchup of the semifinals. Now the 2006 NCAA title game and the 2011 WCHA Championship game go head-to-head for the remaining spot in Wednesday's final. Today's matchup features a common opponent, but both games are quite different. As the program's first national championship. the No. 1 seed might be one of the most historic games for UW women's hockey. While not as historic, the No. 6 seed was certainly a very entertaining game as the Badgers battled back from two deficits to claim an OT victory.

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, Aug. 6, before voting for the final matchup goes live.

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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.


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No. 6 - 2011 WCHA Championship game OT win vs Minnesota (March 5, 2011)

Nash's OT tally gives Badgers WCHA Final Face-off crown


Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS - Senior Kelly Nash scored the game-winning goal in overtime after the top-ranked Badgers overcame 3-0 and 4-2 deficits to defeat No. 3 Minnesota, 5-4, and earn their fourth Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament title.

Wisconsin trailed 4-2 heading into the third period and used goals by freshman Madison Packer and senior Meghan Duggan to tie it at 4-4 with 3:15 to play.

It took 14:11 of overtime action before the Badgers sealed the 2011 WCHA Final Face-off crown, but Nash solved Minnesota goaltender Noora Raty off a feed from senior Geena Prough to give UW its only lead of the game.
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