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WIAC champion Blugolds earn first-ever berth into NCAA tournament

By Nick Erickson, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 03/06/18, 5:30PM CST


Blugolds have ten Wisconsin players on roster

slideshow photo courtesy of uwec athletics

It was around 9 a.m. on Monday morning. 

Members of the UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey team — with the infant WIAC championship trophy earned with a 3-2 double overtime win on Saturday at UW-River Falls nearby — nervously gathered in their locker room at Hobbs Ice Center.

The NCAA tournament selection show stream was on and would soon unveil the nine Division III teams from across the country that would play for the national title.

By 1:30 p.m., the Blugolds were on the ice for practice.

The wait is over. UW-Eau Claire made it into the tournament field for the first time in program history.

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