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Wisconsin and Minnesota to play for women's title

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Defending champion Wisconsin routed Boston College 6-2 on Friday night in the semifinal round of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn.

The Badgers (33-4-2)  will face Minnesota (33-5-2), a 3-1 winner against Cornell in Friday's other semifinal, for the championship on Sunday afternoon. Wisconsin, which beat BC in the semis and Boston University in the championship game last year, is seeking its fifth title in seven years.

Boston College (24-10-3) stunned Wisconsin when Emily Field's shot was broken up by a Badger defender, only to have the loose puck slide into the net and give the Eagles the lead 57 seconds into the game.

However, Brittany Ammerman tied it six minutes later with the first of her two goals, triggering a five-goal blitz by the Badgers that put the game. Senior Hilary Knight also connected twice, including what proved to be the game-winner early in the second period.

Wisconsin goaltender Alex Rigsby earned her 33rd win of the season by stopping 22 shots. Corinne Boyles made 32 saves for BC.

Minnesota earned a berth in the title game despite a 38-save performance by Cornell goaltender Amanda Mazzotta, who kept her team in the game despite being outshot 41-21 -- including 21-5 in the first period, when the Golden Gophers scored two late power-play goals.

Amanda Kessel, sister of Toronto Maple Leafs' forward Phil Kessel, finished with a goal and two assists. She opened the scoring at 17:16 of the opening period, and Megan Bosek doubled the Gophers' lead with a shot from the point 73 seconds later.

Cornell's Alyssa Gagliardi made it 2-1 with 8:20 remaining in the second period, but Minnesota tightened up defensively before Emily West scored into an empty net after the Big Red (30-5-0) pulled Mazzotta in the final minute.
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