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2005 NCAA Women's Hockey Championship

Minnesota rules again. Harvard comes close again.

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The Golden Gophers repeat as national champions, with Harvard as the runner-up for the second straight year. Natalie Darwitz, a junior forward with Minnesota, set a Frozen Four record with nine points in two games, and was named Most Outstanding Player. The line of Darwitz, Kelly Stephens and Krissy Wendell combined for 20 points in the wins over Harvard and Dartmouth.

National Championship Game - March 27

  • University of Minnesota 4 - Harvard 3
    Natalie Darwitz scored the winning goal with 1:08 remaining in the third period, her fourth point of the night. Despite erasing three one-goal leads by Minnesota, Harvard never held a lead in the game. Jody Horak made 23 saves for Minnesota. Harvard goalie Ali Boe stopped 20 shots.

    Third Place Game - March 27

  • St. Lawrence 5 - Dartmouth College 1
    Senior forward Rebecca Russell almost single-handedly powered the St. Lawrence attack, with a hat trick and two assists.

    Semifinals - March 25:

  • University of Minnesota 7 - Dartmouth College 2
  • Harvard 4 - St. Lawrence 1

    Tournament Background:

    The final round of the 2005 NCAA Women's Hockey tournament is a rematch. Dartmouth, Harvard, Minnesota and St. Lawrence advanced to the Frozen Four with quarterfinal wins last week. Those same four teams played for the 2004 title, with Minnesota beating Harvard in the championship game.

    Quarterfinal Results - March 18 and 19:

  • Minnesota 6 - Providence 1
    Minnesota has two losses in 38 games this season. Krissy Wendell and Natalie Darwitz, the top scorers in the nation, had three assists each. Darwitz became the Gophers' career recordholder in points, with 237.

  • St. Lawrence 3 - Minnesota-Duluth 2 (OT)
    Emilie Berlinguette's second goal of the game came 11 minutes into the overtime period. Jess Moffat stopped 42 shots for St. Lawrence, including seven during overtime.

  • Harvard 5 - Mercyhurst 4 (3 OT)
    Julie Chu's winning goal came 112:28 into the game, making it the longest game in women's tournament history. Nicole Corriero scored Harvard's first four goals, setting a tournament record for goals in a game. Desi Clark finished with 78 saves for Mercyhurst, setting an NCAA record. Harvard goaltender Ali Boe made a career-high 56 saves.

  • Dartmouth 4 - Wisconsin 3
    The Big Green advanced to its third straight NCAA Frozen Four, and its fourth in the five years. Katie Weatherston scored twice for Dartmouth, including the game-winning goal with 5:37 left in regulation.
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