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No. 3 Badgers win fifth WCHA Final Face-Off Championship

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GRAND FORKS, North Dakota – Wisconsin women's hockey sophomore Sarah Nurse scored twice in the first period as the No. 3 Badgers blanked No. 10 Bemidji State, 4-0, on Sunday in the WCHA Final Face-Off championship contest to win the program's fifth WCHA playoff title.

Nurse ended the tournament as the WCHA Final Face-Off Most Outstanding Player, scoring four goals while also adding two assists during the weekend. Nurse, along with fellow sophomores Sydney McKibbon, Mellissa Channell and goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens were also named to the WCHA Final Face-Off All-Tournament team.

Senior Karley Sylvester added a goal with only two second remaining in the second period, while fellow senior Katarina Zgraja lit the lamp four minutes into the third period.

Desbiens stopped 15 saves to earn her 14th shutout of the season, which ties the Wisconsin school record held by Jessie Vetter during the 2008-09 season.

UW outshot Bemidji State 37-15.

With the win, the Badgers captured their first WCHA Final Face-Off title since 2011, as Wisconsin has won league tournament titles in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Wisconsin, which captured the WCHA automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, will find out its fate in the national tournament tonight as the NCAA Selection Show takes place at 6 p.m. (CT), and can be seen on NCAA.Com.

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