Wisconsin women's hockey team advances to 7th straight Frozen Four

The No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team blanked Providence, 3-0, in an NCAA quarterfinal on March 16 to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four for the seventh-straight season.

Thanks to the win over the Friars (12-8-1), the Badgers (15-3-1) now hold the longest Frozen Four appearance streak in women’s college hockey history.

Sophie Shirley posted two goals while captain Brette Pettet scored the game-winning goal in the first period as UW outshot Providence 44-12. Goaltender Kennedy Blair recorded the shutout in the net for the Badgers, stopping 12 shots and tallying her sixth shutout of the season.

The Badgers scored first as Pettet lit the lamp just over halfway through the first period. The Badgers outshot the Friars 13-0 in the first, heading into the second period up 1-0.

The second period was quiet as neither team scored but the Badgers did outshoot the Friars, 18-8, in the period, maintaining a 1-0 lead.

Sophie Shirley was able to make some noise in the third period as she netted the puck just under four minutes into the final frame and doubled Wisconsin’s lead. Shirley scored an empty-net, power-play goal with just under two minutes left in the game to seal the shutout win.

Wisconsin will take on Ohio State in the semifinals of the NCAA Frozen Four on March 18 at 6 p.m.