A magical season came to a close Friday night in Minneapolis for Wisconsin women’s hockey.
The No. 2 Badgers fought the No. 3 Colgate Raiders to double overtime before falling 4–3 at Ridder Arena. Wisconsin out-shot Colgate 48–24 and managed two third-period goals, but was unable to translate that output into a victory.
Colgate’s Breanne Wilson-Bennett scored the game’s first goal at 16:43 in the first period, routing a shot past Wisconsin goaltender Kristen Campbell.
A sniper has been spotted in Minnesota!— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 17, 2018
Bre Wilson-Bennett with the goal for Colgate as they take a 1-0 lead late in teh first period. pic.twitter.com/zLPge8FU1B
At 6:22 in the second period, Baylee Wellhausen evened the score at 1–1 with a goal right in front of Colgate goaltender Julia Vandyk. However, Colgate took the lead again with a power-play goal from Wilson-Bennett 13 minutes later.
Colgate takes the lead again!— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 17, 2018
Megan Sullivan gives the Raiders a 2-1 lead late in the second period over the No. 1 seeded Badgers. pic.twitter.com/agZNsIohTx
Wisconsin’s Claudia Kepler evened the game again at 2–2 on another power play at 6:37 in the third period, but it was yet another power-play goal from Colgate’s Jessie Eldridge eight minutes later that kept the Raiders ahead.
ON WISCONSIN!— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 17, 2018
Claudia Kepler ties the score at 2. Less than 13 minutes remaining in regulation. pic.twitter.com/6PuCxr3stX
GO 'GATE!— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 17, 2018
Colgate takes the lead with under five minutes to play in the game. pic.twitter.com/JHMfEvDgF2
Mekenzie Steffen notched Wisconsin’s final goal at 16:36, giving the Badgers hope of working out a win in overtime. Wisconsin out-shot Colgate 15–7 in the two overtime periods, but Wilson-Bennett’s third goal of the game gave the Raiders the win.
NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS!— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 17, 2018
We are all tied with three minutes to go as the Badgers score on a power play! pic.twitter.com/mlSP6ImAir
WINNER, WINNER!— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 17, 2018
Colgate vs Clarkson for the national title. pic.twitter.com/ZKfQgkjVOb
Colgate will face No. 2 Clarkson, the defending national champion who defeated No. 6 Ohio State 1–0 in overtime on Friday, in the national championship game Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. The game will air on BTN.