Wisconsin women's hockey beats Boston College; Clarkson tops Minnesota in Frozen Four

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Desbiens won the Patty Kazmaier Award early Saturday afternoon and her numbers this season seem nearly too good to believe.

In her career, Desbiens holds a 0.89 goals-against average and a.955 save percentage.

Named to the All-WCHA First Team for the second-consecutive season, Desbiens set the NCAA record for most career shutouts in both men's and women's college hockey with 44 on November 6, 2016, and now has 57 career blank slates.

Top-seeded Wisconsin (33-2-4) takes on second-seed Clarkson (31-4-5) on Sunday in the national title game.

Wisconsin goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (22 saves) stopped several early BC chances, including two by Hayley McLean and a power-play slap shot from Megan Keller.

Desbiens' fellow finalists included Clarkson's Cayley Mercer and Minnesota Duluth's Lara Stalder, both of whom finished in the top-five in the nation in scoring.

"It means a lot", Desbiens said. "We earned this. We played with a lot of heart and I think it showed, and it was a pretty special team this year".

"We definitely can't think about yesterday's game", Clarkson senior Corie Jacobson said. "We just have to embrace every moment and realize how lucky we are and how bad we want it".

Clarkson's other appearance in the title game was a 5-4 win over Minnesota in 2014. The Golden Knights lost their two regular-season matchups against the Badgers.

"The team is excited, and our seniors are excited", said Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson. "It was nice to finally win that game".

She's looking to close her collegiate career with the prize that has eluded the Badgers since 2011: the national championship.

"I thought that was an unbelievable hockey game", Crowley said. "They played so well, and all year long they've done everything we've asked of them". "It's an opportunity to put ourselves in position to win the national championship".

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