HAMDEN, Conn. (WMTV) -- With the national title on the line, the Wisconsin Badgers Women's Hockey team defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 2-0 in a border battle in Hamden, Connecticut.
It's Wisconsin's first NCAA National Championship since the 2010-11 season.
The Gophers were able to screen redshirt junior Kristen Campbell's vision early, but not before redshirt senior forward Annie Pankowski turned around and made her presence felt on a solo rush to start the contest.
Campbell made multiple tough saves as both teams applied pressure in the first period.
Senior forward Sophia Shaver sent one to the back of the net past sophomore goalie Alex Gulstene as the Gophers flinched first.
The Badgers led 1-0 after one period with a slight lead in shots on goal of 9-8.
Good defense led to a 3-2 rush for the Badgers, but it didn't matter after an off-sides call in the second period. A penalty play by Minnesota was killed by the Badgers, including a few key blocks.
Campbell continued to make impressive saves, keeping the Badger shutout alive during the second period.
Pankowski then took on five Golden Gophers to score the second goal of the game, and her fifth of the NCAA tournament.
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Junior forward Abby Roque picked up the assist to put the Badgers up 2-0 at the end of the second period.
After a weak third period power play, the Badgers expanded their SOG lead to 28-22 with less than 14 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Badgers hung on to win and claim their fifth title.