Gophers win NCAA women's hockey title

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DULUTH, Minn. - Sarah Erickson scored two goals, Noora Raty stopped 42 shots and Minnesota beat Wisconsin 4-2 in the NCAA women's hockey final on Sunday.

Amanda Kessel and Emily West also scored for Minnesota, which won its third national title and first since the 2004-05 season. After falling behind 2-0 midway through the first period, Wisconsin (33-5-2) rallied behind goals from Stefanie McKeough and Brooke Ammerman.

The Badgers had an opportunity to grab the lead at the end of the first, but failed to score on a 5-on-3 power play. The Gophers (34-5-2) regained the momentum at the end of the first when West scored on a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway.

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