The Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team has defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, 1-0, to win the 2023 NCAA women’s hockey National Championship. The Badgers have now won the NCAA title seven times, with the most recent coming in 2021. Wisconsin got out to an early lead against the Buckeyes and held on to win their third title in the last five years.
Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Hockey Wins 1-0 Over Buckeyes
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For the seventh time in program history, @badgerwhockey wins the National Championship by defeating Ohio State, 1-0.#WFrozenFour pic.twitter.com/0VdBWeDhXE
— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 19, 2023
The Wisconsin Badgers have won their seventh NCAA women’s hockey title after narrowly defeating the top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The Badgers had been 1-3 against the Buckeyes in their previous meetings this year and struggled to keep up with Ohio State at times. However, after an incredible run in the tournament, the Badgers have secured a well deserved NCAA title.
The Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team departed from the WCHA Final Faceoff after losing to Minnesota, who would later win the conference title. The Badgers held the sixth rank for the majority of the season after veterans Casey O’Brien, Cami Kronish, and Jesse Compher had amazing years. The young newcomer also had success as Caroline Harvey won the WCHA Rookie of the Year award and Laila Edwards also had a great freshman year.
The Badgers scored the lone goal of the game with six minutes left in the first period. Wisconsin got a turnover behind the Buckeyes blue line and after a wonderful pass, Kirsten Simms netted the goal for Wisconsin. The Badgers held on for the rest of the game as the Buckeyes tried to battle back. Goalkeeper Cami Kronish had 28 saves for the Badgers with ten minutes left in the third period.
After a dominant season, the Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team had a fantastic tournament and deserved to win the title after the way they battled all season long. Wisconsin played in all four rounds of the women’s hockey tournament and claimed upset wins in three of the games. The Badgers opened the tournament with a 9-1 win over Long Island University, then a 4-2 win over Colgate before beating Minnesota 3-2 in overtime to make it into the NCAA title game.
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