Potomak leads Gophers past Badgers in Frozen Four thriller

Published Mar. 19, 2016 12:30 a.m. ET

Freshman Sarah Potomak might not have been on hand for Minnesota's title run last year, but after scoring the game-winner in overtime against Wisconsin to send the Gophers to the national title agme, the NCAA's Rookie of the Year looks like she's been around for years.

Potomak robbed Badgers defender Mellissa Channell of the puck in the left circle, before lifting a quick backhand past NCAA goaltending champion Ann-Renee Desbiens with just five minutes remaining in overtime to give the Gophers a 3-2 win Friday in Durham, New Hampshire.

The victory sets up a championship game showdown with undefeated Boston College, as the Gophers play for their second consecutive title, and third in the last five years.

It's the Gophers fifth straight trip to the national championship game.

Minnesota's Taylor Williamson opened the scoring less than three minutes into the first period, before Wisconsin's Sophia Shaver tied things up mid-way through the first period.

Emily Clark gave the Badgers the lead with just 15 seconds remaining in the second period, but the Gophers stormed out of the gate in the third, as senior Amanda Kessel tied things up 27 seconds into the period.

Gophers goaltender Amanda Laveille made 37 saves in the win.


Minnesota takes on BC for the national championship at 1 p.m. on Sunday.