Minnesota women advance to NCAA title game again

PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press Published:

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) -- Hannah Brandt and Kelly Terry each had a goal and an assist and Minnesota scored three times in the third period to beat Wisconsin 5-3 Friday in an NCAA women's hockey semifinals.

The win moves the Gophers (38-1-1) back into the national title game, where they will be seeking their third consecutive NCAA championship.

They will play Clarkson. The Golden Knights beat Mercyhurst 5-1 in the other semifinal.

The Gophers trailed 1-0 after the first period, and 3-2 after the second.

But Brandt tied the game with a power-play goal, and Rachael Bona scored the game-winner at 8:06 of the third period. She skated into the zone, making moves across her body from her forehand to her backhand and back again, before beating goalie Alex Rigsby to the stick side.

It was the Minnesota's fifth win this season over Wisconsin (28-8-2).