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No. 2 Badgers claim third-straight WCHA regular-season title

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DULUTH, Minn. – For the third-straight season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team proved to be the cream of the crop in the toughest conference in women’s college hockey, as the No. 2 Badgers defeated Minnesota Duluth, 5-0, on Friday and claimed the league’s regular-season title.

After the Badgers (27-3-1, 18-2-1-1 WCHA) raced out to a 3-0 lead against the Bulldogs (12-14-3, 8-11-2-2 WCHA) in the first period, the group never looked back and cruised to its shutout victory.

It took freshman Caitlin Schneider just four minutes into the first period before she capitalized on a 3-on-1 opportunity for the game’s first goal. Just one minute later, sophomore Maddie Rowe tacked on her seventh goal of the year to give UW an early 2-0 lead.

With less than a minute left to play in the opening frame, Lauren Williams lit the lamp for her third goal of this season and boosted UW’s lead to 3-0 through the first 20 minutes of play. The Badgers outshot UMD, 12-3, in the first period alone.

In the second period, Presley Norby fired the puck top shelf to lift UW to a 4-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

In the third period, it was Baylee Wellhausen who capped off the scoring with her seventh goal of the season.

Sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell made several stellar saves en route to her NCAA-leading 10th shutout of the year, including a fantastic stop early in the third period. Campbell ultimately stopped all 17 shots she faced on the night.

 Wisconsin wraps up its series with Minnesota Duluth at 4 p.m. on Saturday at AMSOIL Arena. The game can be seen in the Madison area on channel 27.3.

--Wisconsin Athletic Communications

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