ERIE, Pa.- The second-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team claimed its sixth NCAA title thanks to a dramatic 2-1 overtime win on Saturday night in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Daryl Watts scored the game-winning goal in OT, her third game-wining overtime goal of the year, to clinch the Badgers' second-straight National Championship title.
The Badgers outshot Northeastern 37-25 while Makenna Webster and Watts both scored goals to help propel the team to the title.
The first period was quiet as both teams went scoreless.
The second period also ended with no score. The Badgers went to the penalty box three times in the second but killed all three penalties. The team also went into the third outshooting the Huskies 20-15.
Makenna Webster lit the lamp halfway through the final frame to mark the first goal of the game.
Northeastern responded just 30 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1 and eventually send the game into overtime.
Senior Daryl Watts netted the puck in sudden-victory overtime to help the Badgers claim the National Championship title.
Three Notes of the Game
- With the win, Wisconsin brings home its sixth national title to tie Minnesota for most NCAA titles in history. The Badgers made their ninth appearance in a title game this season which is also tied for most in NCAA history.
- UW head coach Mark Johnson passed Shannon Miller for the most NCAA women's hockey titles with his sixth national championship. Johnson is the winningest coach in NCAA history with 539 wins.
- Daryl Watts scored the game-winning goal to notch 240 career points. She ends her senior season holding 14th for most career points in the NCAA.
Straight from the Rink
Head coach Mark Johnson
On the game:
"Well, as you can imagine, we're very excited about the win this evening. Obviously it was a very tight game, I thought, especially the second and third periods. We got our legs and played a very controlled game, did the things that we talked about prior to it, especially in the neutral zone and I'm just real excited for our captains and for our team. It's been a difficult and challenging year, exhausting. If you're involved in college sports you understand what I'm talking about. Give our players, our support staff and our administration a lot of credit for giving us an opportunity to do what we were able to do. We managed things as best we could. We had some hiccups along the way but we found a way to get it done and I couldn't be happier for our entire organization."
On Watts' game-winner:
"It was just sort of a script. If I could write it and have somebody score the game winning goal, it would be her. One of the reasons she wanted to come to Wisconsin as she was picking out schools was the opportunity to win a National Championship. Last year we thought we were in a position to make a run at it and it got taken away from us. Obviously this year, you never knew what was going to happen."
On going into overtime:
"I think it's tough to stay calm in a situation like that but I think everyone on our team had full confidence in one another. I think we've been tested in overtime a few times this year so we had experience with that and we had trust that the person next to us was going to get the job done. At the end of the day it's hockey and someone's gotta win. We were lucky to pull it out there at the end and I think we played a great game and we deserved it. I'm very proud of the girls."
On winning the NCAA title:
"This is an unbelievable feeling. I'm so happy for my teammates, I'm just so happy to share this moment with them and with my coaches, with my family. It's an incredible moment and we've worked so hard for this. We've worked for the past two years. For some of us this is our first National Championship, it's what we've been working on since we started playing hockey."