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Continued: Minnesota beats Boston University to repeat as NCAA women's hockey champ

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 25, 2013 - 6:13 AM

Those two goals made it clear that women’s hockey players know the art of the one-timer — a shot taken right off a pass, without stopping the puck. Kessel took a pass from Maryanne Menefee and lifted a laser beam right into the net’s upper-left corner.

Then, with 12 seconds remaining in the second period, Menefee slid another perfect pass to McMillen, who rocketed a slapshot into the twine. The Gophers stayed ahead by at least two goals for the rest of the game.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Kessel said. “There’s a lot of crying [in the locker room], but it hasn’t hit me yet. I’m going to be sad to not play with some of these seniors ever again, but now, I just can’t stop smiling.”

Last year’s NCAA title was Minnesota’s first since 2005. Frost said that team’s motto was “Prove it” because they kept having good teams fall short of the championship. This year’s motto was “Leave no doubt.”

An undefeated national championship season did just that.



 

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