Badgers Lose To Minnesota In Women’s Hockey Final

The level of excellence the Badger women’s hockey team has reached is impressive, with four national championships in the last six years. Wisconsin was looking for back-to-back titles Sunday if they could beat border battle rival Minnesota in the championship game in Duluth, Minnesota.

But the Badgers fell behind 2-0 in the first period and could never recover, losing 4-2 to the Gophers.

The Badgers did make it interesting. Stephanie McHugh scored on the power play off the deflection, and it’s 2-1.

1:40 later, Brooke Ammerman pokes it home in front of the net to tie the game at 2.

But still in the first, Minnesota is awarded a penalty shot, and Emily West beats Alex Rigsby. It’s 3-2 gophers, and they add another to knock off the badgers.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow.” said head coach Mark Johnson. “A lot of time, a lot of effort ? I was proud of the team today. I thought we played and battled. Made a few mistakes in some situations, didn’t execute in others, but the overall effort was there.” ] “At the end of the day, it is a loss,” said Hilary Knight. “It hurts, but we had a great season and I’m proud to be a part of such a great group.”

The Badgers end up at 33-5-2, but fall one win short of another NCAA title.