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Badgers women's hockey huddle

The Badgers enter the NCAA women's hockey tournament at No. 2 in the national rankings.

A loss to Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff championship game cost the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team the top spot in the national rankings.

The Badgers fell to second in the Division I women's poll on Monday after a 3-1 loss to the Golden Gophers a day earlier.

Minnesota moved up two spots to fifth. The Badgers and the Gophers will play in the NCAA quarterfinals at LaBahn Arena on Saturday.

Defending national champion Clarkson took over the top spot, with Colgate third and Boston College fourth.

Ohio State, the third WCHA team in the rankings, fell one spot to sixth after losing to Minnesota in the WCHA semifinals.

The UW-Minnesota NCAA game sold out in minutes after tickets went on sale Monday morning. It'll be the sixth meeting between the schools this season — UW won the first four before losing Sunday — and the first time they've played in the NCAA tournament outside the Frozen Four since 2008.

The Badgers are 2-4 against the Gophers in the NCAA tournament, with Minnesota ending UW's season in the Frozen Four in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.