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UW wins WCHA Tournament Title, head to NCAAs

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Wisconsin fans congratulate the team after the win Wisconsin fans congratulate the team after the win
Sean Little (L) & Jake McCabe (R) celebrate after Saturday's win Sean Little (L) & Jake McCabe (R) celebrate after Saturday's win
Wisconsin freshman forward Nic Kerdiles Wisconsin freshman forward Nic Kerdiles
Wisconsin sophomore goalie Joel Rumpel Wisconsin sophomore goalie Joel Rumpel

St. Paul (MN) -- Wisconsin continued its hot play on the ice, beating Colorado College 3-2 in the WCHA Championship Game to clinch a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin never trailed in the game, getting goals from Tyler Barnes, Sean Little and Nic Kerdiles. The Tigers cut the lead to 3-2 at the end of the second period, but the Badgers defense held Colorado College to just four shots in the final period to seal the win.

"That was unbelievable. My defense in front of me was awesome," says goalie Joel Rumpel, who stopped 20 shots in the win. "I think I only had three shots in the third, my defense was great. My team did an unbelievable job in front of me."

It's an impressive finish to an inauspicious start for the team. The Badgers started the season 1-7-2 before rattling off a 21-5-5 record in its final 31 games.

"A lot of people didn't think we could come back and do this, but I think in the lockerroom we knew we could. We got our guys back, we got in a rhythm, we got in a groove. And look what happened now. We just won the WCHA finals. It's huge," says freshman forward Nic Kerdiles.

"It was unreal to be honest," adds Rumpel. "This whole season has been great. We had a great group of guys in there and I don't think anyone deserves it more.  I can't even put it into words. We're going to enjoy this tonight and go back to work -- Just four more games, right?"

It is Wisconsin's first Broadmoor Cup since 1998. The Badgers will await its opponent in the NCAA tournament. The selection show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.


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