Gophers fall in conference semifinal to UMD in double OT; Wisconsin wins WCHA Playoff Championship
Minnesota Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney made 62 saves, 25 of which came after regulation, and Lara Stalder lit the lamp at 11:29 of the 2nd overtime to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 WCHA Women's Hockey semifinal victory over Minnesota. UMD's Kateřina Mrázová and Gopher Sarah Potomak traded second-period goals just 67 seconds apart, and Sidney Peters made 39 saves for Minnesota.
In the other semifinal, Wisconsin's Sydney McKibbon and North Dakota's Amy Menke scored in the second period, but Emily Clark lit the lamp with 2:43 to go in the third period to send the Badgers in the championship game. UND goaltender Lexie Shaw made 47 saves, while Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 18 shots.
Championship – Minnesota Duluth took a 1-0 lead 2 1/2 minutes into the second period when Sidney Morin lit the lamp, but Sydney McKibbon knotted the score for Wisconsin 9 minutes later. Going to the third period tied 1-1, the Badgers took control; Annie Pankowski scored twice and Sarah Nurse also found the back of the net to go with assists on both of Pankowski's goals, for a 4-1 victory. UMD goaltender Maddie Rooney made another 50 saves, totaling 112 in the two games and earning Most Oustanding Player honors for the tournament. Wisconsin's Ann-Renée Desbiens made 22 saves.