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Badgers get top spot in preseason women's hockey poll for third consecutive season
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Badgers get top spot in preseason women's hockey poll for third consecutive season

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Badgers center Brette Pettet, right, chases after the puck in a game against Minnesota on Jan. 15, 2021.

The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team has been at No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Poll more often than any other team.

Add another entry to the list after the two-time defending NCAA champion Badgers were given the No. 1 spot in the preseason rankings released Tuesday.

It's the third straight season that UW has been atop the poll to start the season. The Badgers won national championships in 2019 and 2021; the 2020 tournament wasn't played because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have been the top team to start the season eight times since 2006. Minnesota (4), Clarkson (2) and Minnesota Duluth (2) have combined for eight preseason No. 1 rankings during the same span.

The University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame added members from the classes of 2020 and 2021 at ceremonies Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Northeastern, which UW defeated in overtime to win last season's NCAA championship, got one first-place vote and was ranked second. Ohio State was third, with Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth tied for fourth.

Colgate, Boston College, Cornell, Princeton and Penn State also were in the preseason rankings.

The Badgers, 17-3-1 last season, return their top four scorers — including NCAA-leading goal-scorer Daryl Watts — for a schedule that begins Sept. 24-25 at Lindenwood.

Look back on State Journal coverage of Badgers women's hockey games in the 2020-21 season

Read stories from University of Wisconsin women's hockey games in the 2020-21 season.

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It was the 11th multiple-goal game with the Badgers for Sophie Shirley but just the first for her younger sister.

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Kennedy Blair made 12 saves for her fourth shutout of the season, and four players scored goals in the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s 4-0 victory against Bemidji State at LaBahn Arena.

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A day after No. 1 UW rallied for an overtime victory, No. 2 Minnesota earned a split of six points in the series by fighting back for a 2-2 tie and a shootout win.

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Daryl Watts' NCAA-leading 13th goal of the season and second of the game on a 3-on-1 rush finished off a comeback from a two-goal deficit in the third period.

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A day after winning 10-0, the Badgers didn't lead Saturday until the final two minutes.

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The Badgers have won 26 straight games against the Huskies.

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The Badgers broke out of a scoring funk with an unprecedented offensive showing against their archrivals.

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Five players scored and Kennedy Blair made 30 saves as the Badgers erased some of the bad taste from last week's split with Ohio State.

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Coach Mark Johnson said the Badgers "didn't do a very good job with the puck" in losing to the Buckeyes.

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Daryl Watts and Nicole LaMantia score in the final period, and UW gets 28 saves from Kennedy Blair.

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Badgers goalie Kennedy Blair made 11 of her 21 saves in the third period as she shut out an opponent for the second time in four games this season.

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Daryl Watts scored on the power play with 3:15 remaining as the top-ranked Badgers defeated Minnesota State.

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Junior Sophie Shirley becomes 18th player in program history to reach 50 career goals.

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Sloppiness in the defensive zone led to the Badgers falling behind, coach Mark Johnson said.

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Gabbie Hughes scored twice for the seventh-ranked Bulldogs, who can pass the Badgers for the crown with another victory Saturday.

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The Badgers won their fifth WCHA regular-season title in the last six years with a frantic finish at Minnesota Duluth.

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Minnesota twice pulls within one goal in the third period, but UW holds on in the WCHA Final Faceoff semifinals.

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Eden scored 42 seconds into overtime as the Badgers defeated Ohio State.

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The Badgers earned a shutout in the NCAA quarterfinals for the fifth straight season.

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The Badgers' third line of Caitlin Schneider, Casey O'Brien and Makenna Webster produces three goals and Kennedy Blair makes 37 saves.

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Daryl Watts scored 3:16 into overtime to beat Northeastern in the Frozen Four championship game, giving the Badgers a sixth NCAA title.

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