Posted-March 16th, 2012 9:53 pm
Duluth, Minn. -- For the second consecutive year, the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team advanced to the national championship game after defeating Boston College, 6-2, on Friday evening at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn.
Wisconsin (33-4-2) came back from an early deficit to score five unanswered goals in the semifinal round of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four.
The Badgers will play the winner of the Minnesota and Cornell semifinal game, on Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. (CT) for the NCAA title.
Boston College (24-10-3) struck first, netting a goal within the first minute of play. Emily Field never got a full shot off, with her possession broken up by a Badger defenseman, but the loose puck slid its way into the back of the net.
However, the Badgers continued to fight back, netting two goals before the end of the period, highlighted by Carolyne Prévost’s unassisted shorthanded goal at the 13:47 mark.
Senior Hilary Knight scored two goals for the Badgers, including the game winner at the 1:34 mark of the second period. Her goal on the power play at the end of the game was the team’s first with the man advantage since March 2.
The aggressive battle saw a combined 14 penalties, with seven committed in the second period alone. Wisconsin was able to capitalize on the man advantage with one power-play goal, while also overcoming the disadvantage only conceding one goal on the penalty kill, coming on a five-on-three power play for the Eagles.
The Wisconsin seniors led the way with five combined points between Knight, Prévost, and Brooke Ammerman. Sophomore Brittany Ammerman added two goals of her own while Brianna Decker and Madison Packer assisted on two goals apiece.
Alex Rigsby earned her 33rd win of the season, stopping 22 shots on goal in the contest. The Eagles’ netminder, Corinne Boyles, finished the game with 32 saves, giving up all six Badger goals.
After the early goal by the Eagles, Brittany Ammerman evened-up the score six minutes later when Packer corralled a loose puck in the Badger’s defensive zone. Packer made a headman pass to Ammerman, who entered the zone and sniped the puck past Boyles for the 1-1 tie.
Prévost gave Wisconsin the lead on a shorthanded goal at the 13:47 mark after snagging the puck away with 30 seconds left in the Badgers’ penalty kill. Prevost used her speed to get past Boyles to put Wisconsin up 2-1.
Knight pushed the Badger lead in the second period scoring on a two-on-one breakaway from the neutral zone with assists from Packer and Alev Kelter two minutes into the period.
The Ammerman sisters each tallied goals of their own to secure Wisconsin’s advantage with a 5-1 score, with Brittany scoring her second goal of the day with less than three minutes in the second period, and Brooke putting one past Boyle at the 7:46 mark in the third period.
The Eagles scored one more on a five-on-three power play midway through the third period, but it wasn’t enough for the late rally.
Knight capped-off the evening by netting her second goal of the game at the 16:23 mark on a Badger power play for the 6-2 final score.
The Badgers will join teammate Brianna Decker for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony on Saturday afternoon at 10:30 a.m. at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn.
Wisconsin will then play the winner of between Minnesota and Cornell on Sunday for the NCAA DI Women’s Ice Hockey National Championship back at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn