Can’t Talk Right Now… I’m Winning Championships
In a season marred by COVID-19, the No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, Wisconsin Badgers, was forced to only play conference games for the entire regular season. The team prevailed in the NCAA Championship Game against No. 1 Northeastern University, 2-1.
After wins over No. 7 Providence and No. 3 Ohio State in the first two rounds, Wisconsin was put up against the top-ranked team in the nation as they looked for their second consecutive national title.
Badgers managed to find the back of the net first with a goal by Makenna Webster, off a rebound halfway through the third period after two quiet periods. Northeastern responded quickly with a goal of their own just 39 seconds later.
With no goals in the final minutes, the game headed to a sudden-death overtime. Wisconsin’s Daryl Watts, one of the top players in the nation, scored the winning goal on an insane play where she intentionally deflected the puck off a Northeastern player into the net for the win.
With the title, Wisconsin secured their sixth championship, tying Minnesota for the most all-time. The women’s hockey has been perhaps the most consistent team since Head Coach Mark Johnson took over in 2002 while Wisconsin football and basketball get most of the attention these days, .
Congratulations to the Wisconsin Badgers!