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Minnesota tops Wisconsin 5-3, will play for national title

HAMDEN, CT. - The University of Minnesota women's hockey team will play for the national championship for the third straight season as they defeated Wisconsin 5-3 in the NCAA Division I Frozen Four Friday afternoon.

The No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers scored three goals in the third period after trailing 3-2 going into it. Hannah Brandt scored on a power play, Rachel Bona took advantage of a UW turnover to score the game winner and Baylee Gillanders, who had just five goals all season, scored the Gophers' final goal at the 17:32 mark.

No. 2 Wisconsin took a 1-0 in the first period on Brittany Ammerman's goal but the U scored two goals from Kelly Terry and Maryanne Menefee in quick order at the start of the second period to lead 2-1.  Wisconsin played some of its best hockey in the contest in the latter half of the period, getting goals from Katy Josephs and Karly Sylvester to take a one-goal lead before the final period.

Winning goalie Amanda Leveille made 34 saves as Wisconsin outshot Minnesota. UW goalie Alex Rigsby made 23 saves. Dani Cameranesi had two assist for Minnesota while Brandt and Terry also had assists.

Rigsby finished her career at Wisconsin with a school-record 100 wins and over 3,100 saves. 

Minnesota, 38-1-1 overall, will play Clarkson at 3 p.m. Sunday for the national championship. The Knights defeated Mercyhurst in the other national semifinal played Friday. Wisconsin closes its season with a 28-8-2 record.