HAMDEN, Conn. – The specification may be lost in line with their age. The feeling will live with members of the University of Wisconsin Women 's Hockey Team forever.
For the first time in eight years, Badgers is a national champion and gives them a fifth NCAA trophy to complete the program's 20th season.
And not long after a 2-0 win over archrival Minnesota was past Sunday at People's United Center, Annie Pankowski wore hardness and put it in front of her at the press conference.
Two years earlier there was no trophy within reach and no satisfaction when Pankowski talked about how humiliating hockey can be followed by a championship match defeat.
A year ago, she was cut from the US Olympic team for the second time and seen from the seats that Badgers fell short in an NCAA Frozen Four again.
Not this time. She and fellow senior co-captain Sophia Shaver scored goals, and most outstanding players Kristen Campbell made 27 saves to complete a trifecta of the NCAA tournament shutouts. "1
" We were not afraid to lose. We went straight to them. And to leave this amazing program with another national championship is something I will appreciate forever. "
Badger's coach Mark Johnson said on Saturday that someone would leave the championship, knowing she had made a special game that would leave a lifelong memory. 19659003] It belonged to Pankowski, who scored another period, short-term goal to build on the shaver that was delivered in the first period.
Pankowski hit Minnesota's Kelly Pannek on the left side of a rush up the ice and found a few centimeters high on the short side to pushing the puck past Minnesota Goaltender Alex Gulstene
Badgers senior made the postseason their time, scoring in all seven games and a total of 11 goals and 13 points. said Johnson. I couldn't be happier that she goes out as a national champion. "
Pankowski, whose goal broke the team's record for career card-hand scored scores (nine) took no credit to put the team on his back and said she thought she did the opposite.
" I sat down and said, "OK, all I have to do is my best, and that's all," Pankowski said.
Badgers became the first team in 19 NCAA tournaments to win all their games by shutout, UW also made Syracuse 4-0 in the quarterfinals and Clarkson 5-0 in the semifinals on Friday
Johnson has been behind the bench for all five of the Badgers titles in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and now 2019. In a season where he became the winning coach in Division I Women & # 39; s hockey history and had his Badgers men's hockey jersey retired, this one came with a first sense of relief.
"You continue to go into the well and hope you have an opportunity to play for another championship, "He said." I woke up in 3 this morning, and I just felt good to hold One was good. "
The game's first goal was to be critical," said Johnson – in five previous games between the teams, the team leading the way.
It was a good sign of Badgers (35-4-2) when Shaver put them in front of the Golden Gophers (32-6-1) during the first period and finished the great work of fellow Minnesota native Presley Norby.
Swinging behind the net, Norby gave a perfect pass to Shaver between the left circle and the crease. The Shaver snuck the puck between the Gulls (30 saves) and the nearest post.
"It was a super nice finish of her," said Norby. "It wouldn't have been a big game if she didn't finish it."
It was Shaver's seventh goal for the season, but first in 16 games since January 25th.
"Pretty good time for that," shaver said. "I'm just glad it went in. It felt like a while, but I knew I was getting shot, so hopefully you would end up going."
It was enough for Campbell who was helped by teammates who removed loose pucks from the area in front of the net before Golden Gophers players could come to them.
In the third period, Norby was voluntarily withdrawn to disrupt what would have been a great scoring chance at Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle in the slot.  "We were only inches, half seconds away from things," said Minnesota coach Brad Frost. "Good stick position of them, good back pressure. Fumbling with the puck, gets caught on a 2-to-1 that hits the post."
UW players who have turned on their chemistry throughout the season put the last thing on the item that will bind them for the rest of their lives.
Badgers won their last seven games and went unbeaten in their last 14. The last one raised them to elite status in a program that has been waiting for a while to return to the top.
"I'm still waiting for it to click and to set that we're going to take this thing home with us," Pankowski said, looking at the trophy in front of her. "But I can't wait to see the fans in Madison and bring it home."
First Period: W – Shaver 7 (Norby, LaMantia), 10:20.
] Second Period: W – Pankowski 28 (Roque), 9:15 (sh). Punishment: Rolfes, W, 2:54; Curl, W, 7:23.
Third deadline: Heise, M, 3:24.
Saves: M (Yellowstone 8-12-10) 30; W (Campbell 8-9-10) 27. Power plays: M 0-for-2; W 0-for-1. Att. – 3.423.