|1st||19:09.3||MIN||1-0||EV||Megan Wolfe (3)||Dani Cameranesi/42, Rachael Bona/23|
|3rd||8:50||MIN||2-0||EV GW||Hannah Brandt (34)||Maryanne Menefee/24|
|3rd||15:06||HAR||1-2||EV||Sarah Edney (8)||Michelle Picard/15|
|3rd||16:54||MIN||3-1||EV||Meghan Lorence (18)||Kelly Pannek/30|
|3rd||18:12||MIN||4-1||EV EN||Rachael Bona (15)||Lee Stecklein/22, Amanda Leveille/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Emerance Maschmeyer (L, 18-5-3)||59:44||3||13||11||5||29|
|Amanda Leveille (W, 28-3-3)||60:00||1||6||8||5||19|
MINNEAPOLIS - The top-seeded Minensota women's hockey team defeated third-seeded Harvard University, 4-1, to win the program's sixthnational title in front of a sold-out crowd at Ridder Arena Sunday afternoon.
Junior goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ontario) made 19 saves for the Maroon &Gold while Minnesota (34-3-4) received goals from sophomore Megan Wolfe (Eagan, Minn.), junior Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and seniors Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.) and Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.).
Playing in its fourth-straight NCAA championship game, Minnesota used three third period goals, including two in the final 4:06 of the game, to power past Harvard (27-6-3).
Wolfe put the Gophers up 1-0 late in the first period, marking the 17th goal the Gophers scored in the final minute of a period this season. Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) and Bona picked up assists on the play as Wolfe received the puck from Cameranesi, moved across the Harvard zone and fired a shot from the left circle that beat Maschmeyer glove-side.
After a scoreless second period, Brandt extended the Gophers' lead with a goal at 8:50 in the third period, teaming up with linemate and fellow junior Maryanne Menefee (Lansing, Mich.) on a two-on-one. The goal marked Brandt's 34th goal of the season.
The Crimson cut Minnesota's lead to one with 4:54 remaining as Sarah Edney kept the Harvard's chances at a national title alive late in the third period. However, Lorence extended the Gophers' lead back to two just 1:48 later.
Bona capped her storied collegiate career as she clinched the national championship for the Gophers with an empty net goal with under two minutes remaining in the game.
With the 2015 championship, Minnesota now owns a collegiate women's hockey record six national titles. The Gophers (six titles) join Minnesota Duluth (five), Wisconsin (four) and Clarkson (one) to combine for all 16 national titles since 2000. Minnesota has won three titles in the last four years (2012, 2013, 2015) after finishing as national runners-up a year ago.
Leveille, Wolfe, Brandt, Menefee and Cameranesi were named to the 2015 NCAA All-Tournament Team. Harvard's Edney was also honored, and Brandt was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player.
The game marked a rematch of the 2004 and 2005 national championship games, both of which Minnesota also won over Harvard.