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WCHA regular season crown back with No. 2 Badgers

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MADISON, Wis. (Per UW Athletics) – For the fifth time in program history, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team claimed the WCHA regular season title, as the Badgers earned the 2015-16 crown after defeating Minnesota State, 8-1, Sunday in front of a sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena.

The victory gave the Badgers’ their first WCHA regular season title since the 2011-12 season.

Senior captain Courtney Burke made history with the game’s first goal, as the defenseman became the third UW blueliner to reach 100 points in her career. The Albany, New York, native also added three assists in the win.

Sophomore Emily Clark tallied two goals and an assist, while linemate Annie Pankowski recorded a goal and two assists in the victory. Pankowski now has 50 points this season, becoming the first UW player since Brianna Decker during the 2012-13 to reach 50 points in a season.

McKibbon, Nurse, Sowchuk and Wellhausen tallied one goal each.

Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 10 shots to earn her NCAA-leading 28th win of the year.

The Badgers wrap up their regular season with a series at No. 3 Minnesota. Faceoff on Friday is set for 7 p.m. (CT), while Saturday’s 3 p.m. contest will air live on BTN.

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