How Sweet It Is!!!

Behind goals from five different players and 27 saves and another sterling shutout from senior Jessie Vetter, Wisconsin wins its third national championship, dominating third-seeded Mercyhurst, 5-0.

BOSTON - It there anything this team can't do?

If there is, the women certainly don't show it.

Head coach Mark Johnson's top-seeded Badgers secured their third NCAA title in four years with a 5-0 victory over No. 3 seed Mercyhurst in the NCAA championship game at Agganis Arena Sunday afternoon.

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When the final horn sounded, the Badgers converged on goaltender Jessie Vetter as sticks and gloves went flying into the air. The senior goaltender was outstanding as she turned away 37 shots to earn her NCAA-record 39th career shutout and 14th this season, also an NCAA record.

Wisconsin, the only team to reach the Frozen Four in four straight seasons, also won NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007. The Badgers finished the 2008-09 campaign with a 33-2-5 overall record. They ended on a nine-game winning streak and a 12-game unbeaten streak.

Wisconsin is 11-2-0 in the NCAA Tournament and 7-1 in the Frozen Four.

Vetter, the Patty Kazmaier Award winner for 2009, was named the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player for the second time (also in 2006). She stopped 65 of a possible 66 shots in the two victories over Minnesota-Duluth and Mercyhurst. She finished her career with an NCAA-record four Frozen Four shutouts, two in semifinal games and two in championship games.

Joining Vetter on the all-tournament team from Wisconsin were Hilary Knight, Erika Lawler, Alycia Matthews and Malee Windmeier.

The Badgers and Lakers played to a scoreless tie after one period, just as the Badgers and Minnesota-Duluth had done in the semifinal on Friday. But, just like Friday, Wisconsin got things going in the second period.

Brooke Ammerman tucked in the game's first goal to the left of Mercyhurst goaltender Hillary Pattenden 5:28 into the second stanza. Angie Keseley drew an assist.

Meghan Duggan then knocked in a rebound, with Matthews and Lawler assisting, at 8:48 for a 2-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Keseley scored on a beautiful give-and-go from Lawler at 10:38. Knight also drew an assist.

Wisconsin added a pair of third period goals, as well. Windmeier scored just her second goal of the season, with assists to Jasmine Giles and Duggan, at 3:26, while Knight put away her nation-leading and school-record 45th tally of the season to close the scoring at 5:38.

The Badgers killed off all seven Mercyhurst power-play attempts, while going 1-for-5 on the man-advantage themselves. UW put 32 shots on Pattenden. Mercyhurst finished the season with a 31-6-0 mark.

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