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Badgers advance to fifth-straight Frozen Four

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The No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team is set to make its fifth-straight NCAA Frozen Four appearance after defeating No. 5 Minnesota, 4-0, in front of an electric sold-out crowd Saturday at LaBahn Arena. 

Sophomore Presley Norby opened the Badgers’ scoring midway through the first period when she fired her own rebound past Minnesota (24-11-3) goaltender Sidney Peters to put Wisconsin (31-4-2) up 1-0. 

Sophomore forward Abby Roque notched back-to-back goals 16 seconds apart in the second frame to extend the Badgers’ lead to 3-0.

The WCHA Offensive Player of the Year, Roque now holds the record for fastest consecutive goals scored in the NCAA tournament. 

After outshooting the Golden Gophers 15-1 in the final frame, senior Claudia Kepler rounded out the scoring with her team-leading 21st goal of the season to seal the 4-0 victory and send UW to the Frozen Four in Minneapolis.

The Badgers will travel back to Minneapolis next week to take on No. 3 Colgate in an NCAA semifinal game. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Friday.

--Wisconsin Athletic Communications

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