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Badgers Tame Terriers, 5-1, to advance to NCAA Frozen Four

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MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four with a 5-1 win over fifth-ranked Boston University at LaBahn Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Badgers (29-6-4) will play Minnesota (32-3-4), in a NCAA Frozen Four semifinal on March 20 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Freshman Annie Pankowski got the Badgers on the board first, scoring on a breakaway off of a brilliant pass by Mellissa Channell from deep in the Badgers defensive end, just 2:56 into the first period. Senior defenseman Katarina Zgraja added a slap shot from the blue line at the 15:54 mark in the first to put UW up 2-0.

Wisconsin is now 23-0-1 when leading after the first period this season. The Badgers are also 24-1-2 when they are the first strike.

Pankowski scored her second goal of the game at the 15:43 mark of the second period as her low-angled shot went off of a BU (25-9-3) defenseman's skate and bounced into the net.

With a delayed penalty call signaled thanks to Baylee Wellhausen's efforts in the offensive zone, Emily Clark picked up Wellhausen's rebound and added the Badgers fourth goal with just over a minute to play in the second period.

Wisconsin's Brittany Ammerman earned a five-minute game misconduct for a contact to the head penalty in the third period, but BU committed two back to back penalties, giving the Badgers a four-on-three power play. Jenny Ryan capitalized on the opportunity, tipping in the power-play goal off of Blayre Turnbull's shot at 12:07, giving UW a 5-0 lead.

The Terriers avoided the shutout with a goal late in the game as Victoria Bach scored on a wrap-around at 17:07.

The Badgers outshot the Terriers 48-21 in the game with Ann-Renee Desbiens recording 20 saves. BU's Victoria Hanson took the loss, recording 40 saves. It's the 28th time the Badgers have outshot their opponents this year.

UW improves to 5-0-0 all-time against BU. The Badges have outscored the Terriers 23-3 all-time. 

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