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Wisconsin Well Represented in NCAA D3 Womens Hockey Tournament

By Bill Berg Jr, WiPH Staff, 03/07/22, 2:15PM CST


Six of the ten teams in the NCAA Division 3 Womens Hockey Tournament feature players from Wisconsin, and two of them are loaded with former WIAA hockey players.

From the NCAA Pairwise rankings, #1 Middlebury features one player from Wisconsin, #2 UW River Falls has seven, #3 Plattsburgh has one, #5 Nazareth has one, #6 Gustavus Adolphus has one, #7 UW Eau Claire has 10, and #23 Aurora, who upset #15 Adrian in the NCHA tournament have two.

Middlebury, Nazareth, Plattsburg, Aurora and Gustavus all got into the tournament by winning their conferences. UW River Falls and UW Eau Claire are pool-C entries based on their Pairwise ranking, as the WIAC does not have an automatic tournament berth.

Aurora qualified for their first ever Slaats Cup by upsetting top seed Adrian 3-0 in the semi-finals. They won the school's first ever Slaats Cup upsetting 3 seed St Norbert 5-1 in the final.

On Wednesdsay, March 9, UW-River Falls will take on Aurora, and UW-Eau Claire will take on Gustavus Adolphus. 

Middlebury College Panthers

  • Ellie Barney, Senior, Forward - Milwaukee, WI - Jr Admirals

Nazareth Golden Flyers

  • Hailey Redders, Senior, Forward - McFarland, WI - Capitols
  • Ivey Lyden, Freshman, Defense - Tomah, WI - Capitols

Plattsburgh State Cardinals

  • Nicole Unsworth, Senior, Forward - Milwaukee, WI - USM Wildcats

Gustavus Adolphus

  • Katie McCoy, Junior, Goalie - Grafton, WI - Jr Admirals

AurOra University Spartans

  • Brynna Banuelos, Sophomore, Forward - Sun Prairie, WI - Cap City Cougars
  • Haley Knauf, Sophomore, Forward, Albany, WI - Rock County Fury

UW River Falls Falcons

  • Abigail Stow, Senior, Forward - Eau Claire, WI - Eau Claire Area Stars
  • Jessica Rubenalt, Junior, Defense - Cross Plains, WI - Capitols
  • Ellie Bryce, Freshman, Forward - St Croix Falls, WI - Western Wisconsin Stars
  • Hadley Malcolmson, Sophomore, Forward - Waukesha, WI - Brookfield Glacier
  • Challis Prohaska, Sophomore, Defense - Wausau, WI - Central Wisconsin Storm
  • Jordan O'Connor, Sophomore, Goalie - Prairie du Sac, WI - Sauk Prairie Eagles (Boys)
  • Pistol Cowden, Sophomore, Goalie - Amherst, WI - Wisconsin Valley Union

UW Eau Claire Blugolds

  • Victoria Nelson, Junior, Defense - Appleton, WI - Fox Cities Stars
  • Hattie Verstegen, Sophomore, Forward - Oshkosh, WI - Warbirds
  • Alyssa Heim, Junior, Forward - Beaver Dam, WI - Warbirds
  • Taylor Meier, Sophomore, F/D - River Falls, WI - St Croix Valley Fusion
  • Amber DeLong, Sophomore, Forward - Baldwin, WI - St Croix sValley Fusion
  • Drew Deanovich, Junior, Defense - Fond du Lac, WI - Warbirds
  • Eden Gruber, Sophomore, Forward - Wausau, WI - Central Wisconsin Storm
  • Addie Young, Senior, Forward - Superior, WI - Superior Spartans
  • Josie Mathison, Sophomore, Goalie - Tomah, WI - Black River Falls Tigers
  • Abbie DeLong, Sophomore, Forward - Baldwin, WI - St Croix Valley Fusion
  • Samantha Bandholz, Freshman, Forward - Richfield, WI - Madison Capitols
  • Emma Peterson, Senior, Forward - Superior, WI - Superior Spartans

Watch UW River Falls vs Aurora

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Watch UW Eau Claire vs Gustavus Adolphus

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