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This Week in Women's Hockey

Sept. 26 at Lindenwood W, 5-1
Sept. 27 at Lindenwood W, 6-0
Oct. 3 at No. 10 Minnesota Duluth* W, 4-1
Oct. 4 at No. 10 Minnesota Duluth* W, 6-2
Oct. 10 Ohio State* W, 6-0
Oct. 12 Ohio State* W, 3-0
Oct. 17 No. 2 Minnesota* L, 4-1
Oct. 18 No. 2 Minnesota* L, 2-1 (OT)
Oct. 24 at Bemidji St* W, 2-1
Oct. 25 at Bemidji St* W, 4-3
Oct. 31 at No. 10 North Dakota* T, 3-3
Nov. 1 at No. 10 North Dakota* W, 3-2
Nov. 13 Minnesota State* W, 8-2
Nov. 14 Minnesota State* W, 8-0
Nov. 21 at St. Cloud State* W, 4-0
Nov. 22 at St. Cloud State* W, 3-0
Nov. 28 at New Hampshire W, 5-0
Nov. 29 at New Hampshire W, 5-0
Dec. 5 North Dakota* W, 2-1 (OT)
Dec. 7 North Dakota* W, 2-0
Jan. 10 at No. 2 Minnesota* L, 4-1
Jan. 11 at No. 2 Minnesota* T, 1-1
Jan. 16 Bemidji State* L, 2-1
Jan. 17 Bemidji State* W, 2-1 (OT)
Jan. 24 No. 7 Clarkson T, 1-1
Jan. 25 No. 7 Clarkson W, 4-0
Jan. 30 at Minnesota State* W, 3-0
Jan. 31 at Minnesota State* W, 5-1
Feb. 6 No. 7 Minnesota Duluth* T, 0-0
Feb. 7 No. 7 Minnesota Duluth* W, 5-0
Feb. 13 at Ohio State* W, 2-0
Feb. 14 at Ohio State* L, 4-3
Feb. 20 St. Cloud State* L, 2-1
Feb. 22 St. Cloud State* W, 5-0
Feb. 27 St. Cloud State^ W, 5-1
Feb. 28 St. Cloud State^ W, 4-1
March 7 North Dakota% W, 4-1
March 8 Bemidji State% W, 4-0
March 14 Boston University# W, 5-1
March 20 Minnesota& 5 p.m.
* WCHA Game
^ WCHA First-Round Playoffs
% 2015 WCHA Final Face-Off

# 2015 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
& 2015 NCAA Frozen Four
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1 Jorie Walters JR G
2 Mellissa Channell SO D
3 Maddie Rolfes FR D
5 Jenny Ryan SO D
6 Courtney Burke JR D
8 Katilyn Harding JR F
9 Molly Doner JR F
10 Brittany Ammerman RS SR F
11 Sydney McKibbon SO F
12 Katy Josephs SR F
13 Katarina Zgraja SR D
14 Lauren Williams FR D
16 Sarah Nurse SO F
17 Blayre Turnbull SR F
19 Annie Pankowski FR F
20 Mikayla Johnson RS SO F
21 Baylee Wellhausen FR F
23 Kim Drake JR F
24 Karley Sylvester SR F
25 Erika Sowchuk JR F
26 Emily Clark FR F
27 Rachel Jones JR F
30 Ann-Renée Desbiens SO G
32 Megan Miller RS JR G
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The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team, making its eighth NCAA Frozen Four appearance, meets Border Battle rival Minnesota in the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four. The Badgers and Golden Gophers meet at Ridder Arena on Friday at 5 p.m.

The winner of UW/UM will meet the winner of Boston College and Harvard on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the NCAA championship contest.

No. 3 Wisconsin (28-6-4) vs. No. 2 Minnesota (28-3-1)
Date Friday, March 20 | 5 p.m.
Location Minneapolis, Minn. | Ridder Arena
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Key notes to consider
• The Badgers enter the Frozen Four with a six-game unbeaten streak, the nation's longest active streak.

• Wisconsin defeated Boston University, 5-1, in a NCAA quarterfinal game on Saturday. Freshman Annie Pankowski scored twice, while Katarina Zgraja, Emily Clark and Jenny Ryan added goals in the win.

• In the postseason this year, UW has outscored its opponents 22-4. The Badgers' +18 scoring margin is the best among remaining NCAA teams.

• The Badgers are 18-4 in NCAA tournament contests, and Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 72-32 in its previous 22 NCAA contests.

• Wisconsin's defense has been stellar this year, as it leads the nation, holding opponents to an average of 1.08 goals per game.

• The Badgers offense, which ranks fifth nationally, has been balanced, as four players rank in the top-30 nationally in scoring. Freshman Annie Pankowski ranks 16th (1.11 ppg), Blayre Turnbull ranks 19th (1.03 ppg), Karley Sylvester is tied for 21st (1.00) and Brittany Ammerman ranks 26th (0.95 ppg).

• The Badgers lead the nation in shots on goal, averaging 41.69 shots on goal per game. Wisconsin also ranks third nationally in shots against, holding opponents to an average of 19.28 shots on goal per contest.

Number of the week
8- The Badgers have advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four in eight of the past 10 years. That's the most of any school in the country over that span. UW's eight NCAA Frozen Four appearances are also the second-most in NCAA history.

Against Minnesota
• The Badgers trail the overall series against the Gophers 26-43-9. The Border Battle series is the only series the Badgers trail an opponent in.

• UW is winless in its last 17 games against the Gophers, going 0-15-2. The Badgers' last win against the Gophers game on Oct. 14, 2011 at the Kohl Center, as UW defeated UM, 3-2

• In the NCAA tournament, the series is tied 2-2, as the Badgers took the first two meetings against the Gophers, defeating UM in the 2006 NCAA Championship, 3-0, before earning a 3-2 win on March 15, 2008 in the NCAA quarterfinal round.

• Both of UW's NCAA wins against Minnesota have come in Minneapolis, as UW's 2006 NCAA title win came at Mariucci Arena, while UW's 2008 NCAA quarterfinal triumph was at Ridder Arena.

• UW and UM met last year in the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four semifinals in Hamden, Connecticut. The Badgers had a 1-0 lead after the first and a 3-2 lead after the second, but Minnesota scored three in the final period to defeat UW, 5-3.

• This season, the Badgers are 0-3-1 against Minnesota, as the two teams tied their last meeting, 1-1, on Jan. 11 at Ridder Arena.

• This season vs. Minnesota, senior Karley Sylvester, a Warroad, Minnesota, native, has two goals against the Gophers.

Last time out: Wisconsin 5, Boston University 1

Thanks to a fast start, the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four with a 5-1 win over fifth-ranked Boston University at LaBahn Arena on Saturday afternoon.

"Obviously we're real excited," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "We have the opportunity go to the Frozen Four. I thought the atmosphere for women's hockey today was outstanding. Both teams had fans, there was a lot of energy, there was electricity."

Annie Pankowski scored twice for the Cardinal and White, as the freshman has a team-high 20 goals to go along with 42 points this season.

The Laguna Hills, California, native got the Badgers on the board first, scoring on a breakaway off of a brilliant pass by Mellissa Channell from deep in the Badgers defensive end, just 2:56 into the first period.

Senior defenseman Katarina Zgraja added a slap shot from the blue line at the 15:54 mark in the first to put UW up 2-0 heading into the first intermission.

Wisconsin is now 23-0-1 when leading after the first period this season. The Badgers are also 24-1-2 when they makethe first strike.

"I think that's always a goal that we have is to put our best foot forward and set the pace from the beginning of the game," Pankowski said. "I think we did that this game for sure in the first five minutes."

Pankowski scored her second goal of the game at the 15:43 mark of the second period as her low-angled shot went off of a BU (25-9-3) defenseman's skate and bounced into the net.

With a delayed penalty call signaled thanks to Baylee Wellhausen's efforts in the offensive zone, Emily Clark picked up Wellhausen's rebound and added the Badgers fourth goal with just over a minute to play in the second period.

Wisconsin's Brittany Ammerman earned a five-minute game misconduct for a contact to the head penalty in the third period, but BU committed two back to back penalties, giving the Badgers a four-on-three power play. Jenny Ryan capitalized on the opportunity, tipping in the power-play goal off of Blayre Turnbull's shot at 12:07, giving UW a 5-0 lead.

The Terriers avoided the shutout with a goal late in the game as Victoria Bach scored on a wrap-around with just under three minutes remaining.

The Badgers outshot the Terriers 48-21 in the game, and had a 20-9 advantage in the second period.

In the postseason this year, Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 22-4, and the Badgers have scored at least four goals in every playoff win.

"It's an exciting time of the year," Zgraja said. "I think our team is just a point right now where we're clicking amazingly on every line and every pairing. It was a great set up and a really great pass. I think we're doing a good job getting pucks to the net right now."

Sophomore netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens recorded 20 saves to improve to 26-6-4 this season. BU's Victoria Hanson took the loss, recording 40 saves.

With the win, the Badgers captured their first WCHA Final Face-Off title since 2011, as Wisconsin has won league tournament titles in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Killing It
• Wisconsin has been spectacular on the penalty kill, as UW has killed 112 of its 116 opponent's power plays for a conversion rate of .966, the nation's best mark.

• The Badgers have not allowed a power play goal in their past seven games, and have allowed only one during the 2015 calendar year.

• Mercyhurst ranks second in the country in penalty killing with a .935 rate, three hundredths of a point below UW's.

• The all-time NCAA penalty kill record belongs to Harvard, as the Crimson allowed only five power play goals in 117 opportunities for a conversion rate of .957 during the 2003-04 season.

• Wisconsin's school record is .933, as UW let in 13 power play goals in 194 chances during the 2008-09 season.

• In addition, the Badgers have scored the same number of shorthanded goals (4) this season than they have given up on the power play (4).

• Since Oct. 25, Wisconsin has killed 73 of its 74 penalties, for a conversion rate of .986.

• UW also had a streak of 55-straight penalties killed, a streak that went from Oct. 24, 2014 to Feb. 14, 2015.

• This season, UW has only allowed power-play goals to three teams - Minnesota (2), Bemidji State and Ohio State.

• UW also does not allow many power-play chances to its opponents, as it averages 7.1 penalty minutes per game

Fire away
•The Badgers have outshot their opponents in all but three games this season.

•In their 38 games this season, the Badgers have had 40 or more shots in 23 of their games.

•The Badgers lead the nation in shots on goal, averaging 41.53 shots on goal per game.

•In addition, the Badgers rank third nationally in shots against, holding opponents to an average of 19.24 per contest.

Note of the Week
Wisconsin leads the country in penalty killing, having killed 112 of its 116 penalties this season. The .966 conversion rate ranks as the school's best mark.

Last time vs. Minnesota - Jan. 11, 2015
Many games of the Border Battle series between the Wisconsin and Minnesota women's hockey programs have been full of intensity and action, and Sunday's contest at Ridder Arena was no different as the No. 3 Badgers tied the No. 2 Golden Gophers 1-1.

After a scoreless first period, freshman Emily Clark tallied her sixth of the season off assists from senior Karley Sylvester and junior Courtney Burke with just 22 seconds remaining in the second period to give the Cardinal and White a 1-0 advantage.

The Badgers dominated the second frame, outshooting Minnesota 14-8.

Wisconsin (17-3-2, 13-3-2-0 WCHA) entered the final frame up, but like the series finale in Madison in October, the Gophers struck late, as Hannah Brandt tipped in a Gopher shot past UW goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens to knot things up at one with less than seven minutes remaining.

Both teams battled down the stretch, creating opportunities to clinch a win in regulation, but the contest moved to overtime, where Wisconsin killed a penalty against Minnesota's nation-leading power-play unit to end the game as a 1-1 tie.

"We played well," Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. "If you look at the 65 minutes and the effort we put in, we had to kill a penalty in overtime, we did a lot of good things and they found a way to tie it up there. I was very happy with the effort, but I think we deserved better than we came away with."

Brandt went on to score the only goal in the shootout to give Minnesota (19-1-3, 12-1-3-1 WCHA) the extra point in the WCHA standings.

Desbiens was stellar in net for Wisconsin, stopping 29 of the 30 shots she faced.

"She played well," Johnson said. "Yesterday, she had a good solid game, all you ask your goalie to do is give you a chance to win. We needed her today especially in the early part of the first period and early part of the second. She played well. So we did a lot of things to give ourselves a chance to win, unfortunately we gave up that one goal that we couldn't give up."

Wisconsin outshot Minnesota 33-30, marking the 20th time this year the Badgers have outshot their opponents.

Ammerman a finalist for Hockey Humanitarian Award
Wisconsin women's hockey senior forward Brittany Ammerman was announced Friday as one of the five finalists for the 2015 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.

The award is presented each year to college hockey's finest citizen, which is characterized by a student-athlete who makes contributions to both his or her team and the community as a whole through volunteerism.

This year's winner will be recognized on Friday, April 10 at the men's Frozen Four in Boston.

Ammerman is the first Wisconsin women's player to be a finalist for the prestigious award, as three Wisconsin men's hockey players have been finalists.

Two-time men's hockey captain Erik Raygor won the award in 1998 for his volunteer work with the Special Olympics, community DARE programs, YMCA and emergency response training programs. Dan Boeser and Andrew Joudrey were finalists in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

Ammerman helped to form the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League in Kenya, which organizes games between teams from seven small villages.

After purchasing a soccer ball to pass the time and interact with villagers during a trip to Kenya as a part of the Nikumbuke Health by Motorbike program (HbM) in the summer of 2013, members of the tribe, primarily the older women, showed interest in putting together a soccer team.

Ammerman began raising money to purchase jerseys for two villages, Jirani and Mpakani, through an online t-shirt fundraiser, and the league's first game was played on June 14, 2014.

The fifth-year biology/pre-med and women's studies major teamed up with former U.S. Women's national soccer team star Julie Foudy in an effort to raise money for more jerseys, soccer balls and other equipment. Ammerman plans on returning to Kenya this spring.

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