Turning right around after a 1-4 loss to Minnesota on March 4th, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team crushed the Gophers in a 4-0 win during the NCAA Quarterfinal on March 10th.
Kristen Campbell earned her 12th shutout of the season to assist the Badgers in this victory. Abby Roque also made history scoring the quickest consecutive goals in an NCAA tournament game, just a 16-second difference. This outed the previous record of 20 seconds held by St. Lawrence’s Karell Emard and Michelle Ng in 2012. It also topped the fastest two goals scored by the same individual in tournament history, formerly held by Clarkson’s Loren Gabel merely a year ago.
This triumph sent the Badgers to their fifth-straight Frozen Four, snapping Minnesota’s streak of six national semi-final appearances. It was the program’s 11th appearance in history. The Badgers took on Colgate University at the Minnesota’s Ridder Arena and battled in an attempt to advance to the national championship. However, fortune was not in their favor.
It was a devastating blow as the Badgers fought to keep up with the Raiders. Colgate lead most of the game. For every goal they scored, Wisconsin would answer. The game went into double overtime. With 3:57 remaining in the second overtime, Colgate’s Breanne Wilson-Bennett scored and crushed the Badgers chances at reaching the national title game. This game was the Badger’s second longest game in history at 96 minutes and three seconds. The longest is 127 minutes and nine seconds, a quadruple-overtime victory over the Harvard Pilgrims.
Colgate went on to lose against Clarkson in overtime in the title game. Clarkson claimed back-to-back national champion titles. Wisconsin remains hopeful as the women look to next season. Seniors from this squad include Maddie Rolfes (#13) , Lauren Williams (#17), Annie Pankowski (#19), Baylee Wellhausen (#21, co-captain), Claudia Kepler (#24, co-captain), and Emily Clark (#26); they will all be missed.