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Varsity - March 15, 2012

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INSIDE WOMEN'S HOCKEY BY ROSS LADUE @BadgerWHockey SCHEDULE (32-4-2, 23-3-2) Last Five Feb. 18 Feb. 24 Feb. 25 Ohio State March 2 Minnesota Duluth March 10 Mercyhurst Sunday Championship L, 4-2 Minnesota State W, 7-0 Minnesota State W, 4-0 L, 3-1 7 p.m. NCAA Frozen Four - Duluth, Minn. Friday vs. Boston College 5 p.m. 3 p.m. Badgers make their terfinals last weekend, the Badgers return to the NCAA Women's Frozen Four for the sixth time in seven years. All four top-seeded teams advanced through the quar- terfinals to reach this year's Frozen Four. No. 1 Wiscon- sin will face No. 4 Boston A 54 » VARSITY MARCH 15, 2012 fter eliminating Mer- cyhurst in the quar- return to Frozen Four UW just two wins away from fifth national title College in the first semifinal game, while No. 2 Minne- sota will be paired with No. 3 Cornell in the other semifi- nal matchup. This year's semifinal will be a rematch, as Wisconsin and Boston College also met in a semifinal last season as the No. 1 and No. 4-seeded teams. The only difference this year will be the squads themselves. Boston Col- lege graduated forward Kelli Stack and goaltender Molly Schaus, both of whom competed alongside UW alum Meghan Duggan with Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games. In last year's semifinal against BC, the Badgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. However, the Ea- gles came back with goals in the sec- ond and third periods to tie things at 2-2. The game remained tied until Brianna Decker scored in the final minute, advancing Wisconsin to the title game. If Wisconsin gets two wins this weekend, the Badgers will claim their fifth national championship and tie Minnesota Duluth for the most NCAA titles by a single program. Decker last finalist standing » Of this season's three Patty Kazma- ier Memorial Award finalists, Wis- consin's Brianna Decker is the only one playing in the Frozen Four. The junior forward leads the nation in goals with 37 and is only three points shy of assuming the national lead in that category, as well.

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