Sixth national title represents sensational summit for iconic Wisconsin Badgers program


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-winning 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.

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