Every weekday from May 23-June 7, we will be looking back at the "Dandy Dozen" moments from the historic 2015-16 WCHA season. Next up on our countdown is…
Moment 8: Final Face-Off Championship Game Aired Live on FOX Sports North
In a historic agreement that brought live television coverage of its top game throughout the Upper Midwest and beyond, the WCHA partnered with FOX Sports North (FSN) – the region's preeminent sports network – to telecast the championship game of the 2016 WCHA Final Face-Off. The title game matchup, pitting two of the sport's most storied programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota, was shown live on both FSN and the FOX Sports Wisconsin Alternate Channel – a reach of more than 2 million homes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota.
The game was a worthy showcase of college hockey's top talent, with the nationally third-ranked Badgers earning a thrilling, 1-0 win over the No. 2 Gophers. Wisconsin junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens cemented tournament Most Outstanding Player honors with a 35-save shutout, including 14 stops during a frenetic third period that preserved the one-goal victory. Fellow junior Sydney McKibbon scored the game's lone goal at the 12:28 mark of the second period, fighting off a check to cash in on a rebound opportunity.
With the win, Wisconsin captured its second-straight Final Face-Off championship and matched Minnesota for the most WCHA playoff titles in league history with six.
"Dandy Dozen" Moments from the 2015-16 WCHA Season