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.