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WCHA Champions: Badgers Claim Fourth Conference Crown

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The No. 1-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team claimed its fourth conference championship Saturday afternoon, using a 6-2 victory over St. Cloud State to claim the WCHA crown for the second consecutive season.

Hilary Knight led the charge for UW at the National Hockey Center with a hand in all six Badger goals, scoring one.

With two games left to play in the regular season, Wisconsin (28-2-2; 21-2-2-1 WCHA) holds a two game lead on second-place Minnesota.

The Badgers need just one win to clinch an outright claim to the conference title.

Recording a season-high six points, Knight started the game by assisting on the first five UW goals before scoring her own to cap off the win.

Assisting on Katy Josephs’ goal just 2:43 into the start of the game, Knight recorded her 250th career point. Brittany Ammerman scored five minutes later to put the Badgers up 2-0.

Both Carolyne Prévost and Stefanie McKeough tallied goals in the final six minutes of the period to put the Badgers up 4-0 heading into the first intermission.

Halfway through the second period, Brooke Ammerman scored on the power play, recording her 200th career point. She becomes just the fourth in program history to reach the 200-point mark, joining Knight, Meghan Duggan and Sara Bauer.

Both Bauer and Duggan were Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners.

St. Cloud State scored its first goal of the weekend when Alex Nelson scored off a rebound to make the score 5-1.

After five assists, Knight scored her own goal in the third after picking up the puck in the defensive zone, taking it all the way down the ice and beating SCSU goaltender Tayler VanDenakker.

St. Cloud State scored its first goal of the weekend when Alex Nelson scored off a rebound to make the score 5-1.

With 4:07 left in the third period, St. Cloud native Nikki Kaasa replaced Rigsby in net for the Badgers. Kaasa made one save, but a costly defensive lapse in the corner resulted in a SCSU goal from Brittany Toor. The goal was the first goal conceded by Kaasa in her career.

The Badgers out-shot the Huskies 46-27 in the game. Wisconsin killed off all five penalties in the game and went 1-for-4 on the power play.

Wisconsin returns to the Kohl Center on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, to host Ohio State.

Friday’s game will start at 2 p.m. Saturday's game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and will be aired live on BTN.


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