ERIE, Pa. - Northeastern's Chloé Aurard tied the game with a blistering shot just 39 seconds after No. 2 Wisconsin took the lead in the third period, but the Badgers (18-3-1) captured their second straight national championship, 2-1, in overtime over the Huskies (22-2-1) with a shot from behind the net that deflected off a player just over three minutes into OT. The loss snaps Northeastern's 22-game unbeaten streak as the Huskies earn their first-ever NCAA runner-up finish.
Aerin Frankel made a season-high 35 saves for the Huskies with some stellar play in the net. She earned all-tournament honors as the top goaltender in the NCAA tournament, and finished with an NCAA-best 20 wins this season. Her single-season save percentage and goals against average rank top-two in NCAA history.
Alina Mueller and Brooke Hobson assisted on the Aurard goal in the third period (11:39). Mueller joins Frankel and Skylar Fontaine on the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Fontaine led the tournament with three goals and two assists.
The first period witnessed quality scoring chances for both teams as the shots were tied at 9-9. The Badgers' penalty-killing unit came up big in the second period and Frankel made a pair of close range stops to send the game to the third period scoreless.
The Badgers' Makenna Webster broke the scoreless tie at the 11-minute mark with a rebound goal as the Huskies trailed 1-0. Aurard responded quickly after a pass from Mueller and snapped a great shot past the UW netminder to tie the game at 1-1 (11:39). The Badgers' defense continued to block shots in front of the net as Northeastern had four of its shots on the power play blocked midway through the third period as regulation ended tied at 1-1.
With the puck on her stick behind the net, UW's Daryl Watts banked a shot off a player in front of the net to record the game winner (3:16). It was the first OT loss for the Huskies this season, finishing 2-1-1. Northeastern advanced to its first Women's Frozen Four and first national championship game.