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Greatest Games Bracket: No. 7 vs No. 15 (Quarterfinals)

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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Halfway through the quarterfinals and the latest matchup features the only game to pull off an upset in the first round. The 2011 Fill The Bowl vs. Minnesota in the No. 15 spot upset the second-seeded 2007 National Championship. After the upset it now will take on the No. 7 seed, the program's first WCHA tournament championship. Both games were played against Minnesota and were historic for their times, but which one deserves to move on to the semifinals?

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 Thursday, Aug. 2, before the final semifinal matchup begins.

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No. 7 - First WCHA Championship (March 12, 2006)

Wisconsin Wins WCHA Championship


Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team earned its first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament title at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Avenging last season's championship loss, the Badgers downed Minnesota, 4-1, with three power-play goals.

In the first, semifinal star Cyndy Kenyon scored on the first power play, finishing a slick tic-tac-toe at 5:14 from Sara Bauer and Meaghan Mikkelson. Minnesota responded midway through the period at 12:15 when a crowd in the crease was enough to push UW goalie Meghan Horras, and the puck, over the goal line. Allie Sanchez was credited with the Gophers' only goal.

The fourth and final goal was scored by Mikkelson whose shot sliced through traffic just five seconds into a power play. Captain Sharon Cole and junior Bauer marked assists. Bauer closed out the weekend with eight points and was named the tournament MVP.

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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.





Greatest Games Bracket: No. 3 vs No. 6 (Quarterfinals)

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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In the second matchup of the quarterfinals we have the No. 3 2009 NCAA championship game taking on the No. 6 2011 WCHA championship game. The third seed cruised past the program's first win against Minnesota Duluth to enter the quarterfinals. The 2009 title game saw Jessie Vetter stonewall Mercyhurst in a 5-0 shutout win. Kelly Nash's OT goal against Minnesota highlights the sixth seed as it had no problem with the 2005 WCHA semifinal game in the first round.

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 Tuesday, July 31, before the quarterfinals begin.

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No. 3 - 2009 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. 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.

Greatest Games Bracket: No. 4 vs No. 5 (Quarterfinals)

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 matchup of the quarterfinals is a big one! The No. 4 seed, the Badgers' most recent national championship, had no problem getting past the Camp Randall Hockey Classic in the first round. The 2011 National Championship is now facing a more daunting opponent in the fifth seed, the four overtime victory against Harvard in the NCAA quarterfinals of 2007. The four OT game handily defeated the Badgers' 2008 NCAA-quarterfinal-OT win vs Minnesota in the first round.

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 Sunday, July 29, before the quarterfinals begin.

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No. 4 - 2011 National Championship (March 20, 2011)

National champion Badgers bring home fourth crown!


Box Score

ERIE, Pa. -- The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team won its fourth national championship in six years on Sunday as the Badgers defeated Boston University, 4-1, at Tullio Arena in front of 3,956 fans.

Despite UW outshooting BU 10-4 in the first period, the teams remained locked in a scoreless tie after the opening 20 minutes. The Badgers finally put one past BU goaltender Kerrin Sperry at the 2:25 mark of the second period when Carolyne Prévost redirected a shot from the point to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead.

Wisconsin then took a 2-0 lead with 4:26 remaining in the middle frame when junior Brooke Ammerman converted the eventual game-winner on the power play. With just 3:23 remaining, the Badgers extended their lead back to two. Junior Hilary Knight gained control of the puck and took it into the zone, firing a shot at Sperry. The rebound popped loose, and a streaking Mallory Deluce buried it.

The Terriers pulled Sperry immediately following Deluce's goal and again with 2:33 to go. BU fired five shots, including two stopped by Alex Rigsby, before Prévost secured the victory and national championship with an empty-net goal at 19:42.


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No. 5 - Four OT win against Harvard (March 10, 2007)

Zaugg's Goal Lifts UW Over Harvard in 4 OTs


Box Score

MADISON, Wis. -- It took over 120 minutes of scoreless hockey, but junior Jinelle Zaugg's goal at 7:09 into the fourth overtime vaulted Wisconsin past Harvard 1-0 and into the NCAA Frozen Four. Saturday night's game ranks as the second longest game in NCAA history.

The Eagle River, Wis., native scored her 26th goal of the season at the 127:09 mark of the contest and was assisted by senior Sara Bauer and sophomore Alycia Matthews. Bauer passed from the left circle across the front of the goal to an open Zaugg who one-timed it over goalie Brittany Martin's shoulder for the game-winner.

The Badgers played their final game in Madison for the 2007 season in front of a Kohl Center women's hockey record-setting crowd of 5,125. This tally also ranks as the second largest college women's hockey crowd since the NCAA sponsored the sport in 2000-01 behind a 5,167 crowd at the 2003 championship game in Duluth, Minn., when Minnesota Duluth skated to a 4-3 double overtime win over Harvard.

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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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.

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.

Greatest Games Bracket: No. 4 vs No. 13

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 No. 4 vs. No. 13 matchup features the first of four national championship games. Coming in at No. 4 is the 2011 National Championship game that saw the Badgers down Boston University 4-1. At No. 13 is the first hockey game to be played at Camp Randall Stadium and, at the time, set the NCAA single-game attendance record.

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 Saturday morning, July 21, before the next matchup is announced.

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No. 4 - 2011 National Championship (March 20, 2011)

National champion Badgers bring home fourth crown!


Box Score

ERIE, Pa. -- The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team won its fourth national championship in six years on Sunday as the Badgers defeated Boston University, 4-1, at Tullio Arena in front of 3,956 fans.

Despite UW outshooting BU 10-4 in the first period, the teams remained locked in a scoreless tie after the opening 20 minutes. The Badgers finally put one past BU goaltender Kerrin Sperry at the 2:25 mark of the second period when Carolyne Prevost redirected a shot from the point to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead.

Wisconsin then took a 2-0 lead with 4:26 remaining in the middle frame when junior Brooke Ammerman converted the eventual game-winner on the power play. With just 3:23 remaining, the Badgers extended their lead back to two. Junior Hilary Knight gained control of the puck and took it into the zone, firing a shot at Sperry. The rebound popped loose, and a streaking Mallory Deluce buried it.

The Terriers pulled Sperry immediately following Deluce's goal and again with 2:33 to go. BU fired five shots, including two stopped by Alex Rigsby, before Prevost secured the victory and national championship with an empty-net goal at 19:42.


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No. 13 - Camp Randall Hockey Classic (Feb. 6, 2010)

Badgers freeze Beavers in 6-1 outdoor victory


Box Score

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated the Bemidji State Beavers, 6-1, in the first-ever Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers played in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 8,263 fans in the second-ever women's hockey outdoor showdown.

Sophomore Carolyne Prevost scored the first goal in Camp Randall history at the 16:53 mark when she broke away from the Bemidji State defense and backhanded it in to put the Badgers up 1-0. The Badgers kept up the pressure on the Beavers, outshooting Bemidji 13-2 in the first 20 minutes of play. At the close of the second frame, with the Badgers leading 4-0, Wisconsin dominated the shot chart 29-6.

Kelly Nash finished the contest with a career-high four points, scoring a goal and tallying three assists. The Badgers dominated offensively, outshooting the Beavers 42-13. Freshman goaltender Becca Ruegsegger finished with 13 saves in net for Wisconsin, and Alana McElhinney recorded 36 for BSU.

Greatest Games Bracket: No. 5 vs No. 12

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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Today's No. 5 vs. No. 12 matchup continues the trend of great overtime games. Coming in at No. 5 is the infamous four-overtime win against Harvard on March 10, 2007 as the Badgers earned their second-consecutive trip to the Frozen Four. The 12th-seeded game features the Badgers' overtime win in the NCAA quarterfinals vs. Minnesota, earning their third-straight trip to the Frozen Four.

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 Thursday morning, July 19, before the next matchup is announced.

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No. 5 - Four OT win against Harvard (March 10, 2007)

Zaugg's goal lifts UW over Harvard in 4 OTs

Box Score

MADISON, Wis. -- It took over 120 minutes of scoreless hockey, but junior Jinelle Zaugg's goal at 7:09 into the fourth overtime vaulted Wisconsin past Harvard 1-0 and into the NCAA Frozen Four. Saturday night's game ranks as the second longest game in NCAA history.

The Eagle River, Wis., native scored her 26th goal of the season at the 127:09 mark of the contest and was assisted by senior Sara Bauer and sophomore Alycia Matthews. Bauer passed from the left circle across the front of the goal to an open Zaugg who one-timed it over goalie Brittany Martin's shoulder for the game-winner.

The Badgers played their final game in Madison for the 2007 season in front of a Kohl Center women's hockey record-setting crowd of 5,125. This tally also ranks as the second largest college women's hockey crowd since the NCAA sponsored the sport in 2000-01 behind a 5,167 crowd at the 2003 championship game in Duluth, Minn., when Minnesota Duluth skated to a 4-3 double overtime win over Harvard.

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No. 12 - NCAA quarterfinal OT win vs Minnesota (March 15, 2008)

Deluce sends Badgers to Frozen Four

Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS -- Led by goals from three freshman, including the game-winner 1:29 into overtime by Mallory Deluce, the No. 4/5 Wisconsin women's hockey team outlasted No. 5/4 Minnesota 3-2 Saturday night at Ridder Arena in an NCAA quarterfinal.

Kelly Nash and Hilary Knight each scored in regulation as the two-time defending NCAA champion Badgers advanced to the Frozen Four, held March 20 and 22 in Duluth, Minn., for the third straight season.








Greatest Games Bracket: No. 6 vs No. 11

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. 6 vs. No. 11 pits two OT thrillers against each other. The 6th seed is the OT WCHA Championship win against arch rival Minnesota on March 5, 2011 as the Badgers earned their fourth WCHA tournament title. The 11th-seeded game features the Badgers' WCHA OT Semifinal win against UMD on March 5, 2005.

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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 Tuesday morning, July 17, before the next matchup is announced.

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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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No. 11 - 2005 WCHA semifinal overtime win vs UMD (March 5, 2005)

Overtime goal by Cole gives Badgers a shot at WCHA title


Box Score

MIINEAPOLIS -- The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey advanced to the 2005 WCHA Championship game after a thrilling overtime goal was scored by junior forward Sharon Cole two minutes and 34 seconds into the overtime period. The 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis was the fifth meeting for the Badgers and Minnesota Duluth.

After 2:34 of intense overtime action, Lindsay Macy pushed the puck out of the corner to Sara Bauer. Patient with the puck, Bauer allowed Cole to get into position before lacing the puck through the UMD defender's skate and stick for Cole to shoot past Schaublin on the low left side. The goal extended Cole's point streak to 10 games as well as giving the team a 10-game winning streak.





Greatest Games Bracket: No. 7 vs No. 10

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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Just like the last matchup, today's No. 7 vs. No. 10 pairing features two more milestones for the women's hockey program. The 7th seed is the first WCHA championship win against Minnesota on March 12, 2006. The 10th-seeded game features the Badgers' first-ever advance to the WCHA Championship game after defeating the eventual national champions Minnesota-Duluth on March 8, 2002.

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 Sunday, July 15, before the next matchup is announced.

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No. 7 - First WCHA Championship (March 12, 2006)

Wisconsin wins WCHA Championship


Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team earned its first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament title at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Avenging last season's championship loss, the Badgers downed Minnesota, 4-1, with three power-play goals.

In the first, semifinal star Cyndy Kenyon scored on the first power play, finishing a slick tic-tac-toe at 5:14 from Sara Bauer and Meaghan Mikkelson. Minnesota responded midway through the period at 12:15 when a crowd in the crease was enough to push UW goalie Meghan Horras, and the puck, over the goal line. Allie Sanchez was credited with the Gophers' only goal.

The fourth and final goal was scored by Mikkelson whose shot sliced through traffic just five seconds into a power play. Captain Sharon Cole and junior Bauer marked assists. Bauer closed out the weekend with eight points and was named the tournament MVP.

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No. 10 - UW advances to first-ever WCHA Championship game (March 18, 2002)

Women's hockey advances to championship game


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BLAINE, Minn. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team improved to 15-2-0 since the start of 2002 and advanced to its first WCHA Women's Final Five Championship Game with a 4-1 victory over No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth at Fogerty Arena.

Forward Karen Rickard put the Badgers ahead at 4:20 of the first period on a spectacular effort backhanded goal. Meghan Hunter extended the lead for the Badgers with a power-play empty-net goal at 11:11. The Badgers grabbed a 3-0 lead at 5:35 of the second period with a goal from Sis Paulsen coming straight out of the penalty box.

Despite a Minnesota-Duluth goal late in the second, Wisconsin regained its three-goal lead early in the third period when Jackie Friesen scored her seventh of the season. MacMillan and the Badger defense was stellar as the Badgers won their third consecutive game against the defending NCAA Champion Bulldogs.
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